How Do You Feel About Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats’ “Runaway Girls?”


I like Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats’ music well enough, but every time I listen to them I get a bad taste in my mouth. I think it’s because I recently had the displeasure of stumbling across some fedora enthusiast linking their music to her Facebook and saying something like: “This one is 4 all the headbangres liek me, ur missing out if u don’t like undergrund music lol” (poor spelling may or may not have been grossly exaggerated for emphasis). I was going to say something but she knows my real name and might have a big, antagonistic boyfriend.

And I’d hate to have to slay him with Steel.

Anyways, now listening to Uncle Acid is like eating those little tomatoes that come with chicken salads — I like the taste, but every time I bite into one it reminds of that scene in Return of the King  when Denethor is eating in front of Pippin and it grosses me the fuck out.

The band just finished up a super-underground UK tour with Black Sabbath, who are clearly their greatest influence. It must be pretty exciting to tour with your heroes. For me, that would be like putting on a eye patch and shooting bad guys with Kurt Russell back in 1997 when all of Manhattan Island was a maximum security prison.

I really liked the fuzzed-out blend of vintage 70’s proto-doom and psychedelic rock ‘n’ roll in Blood Lust, but their follow-up, Mind Control, wasn’t really what I was looking for. It seemed like the focus shifted from drawing you in with impossibly hooky songwriting to boring you to death with impossibly drawn-out spaciness. Maybe it was just one of those things where you had to be there on LSD.

“Runaway Girls” is the A-side of an upcoming 7″ that will be released just in time for their very first US tour, and Uncle Acid themselves are calling it “the closing chapter of the Mind Control era.” It’s trippy enough for Mind Control  and riffy enough for Blood Lust. I like it. What do you think? What comes after the “Mind Control era?” Stream it via The Quietus below, pals.

Catch Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats on tour:

Sep 24 – Underground Arts – Philadelphia, PA
Sep 25 – Middle East – Cambridge, MA
Sep 26 – Bowery Ballroom – New York, NY
Sep 27 – Il Motore – Montreal, QC
Sep 28 – Lee’s Palace – Toronto, ON
Sep 30 – Subterranean – Chicago, IL
Oct 1 – Triple Rock Social Club – Minneapolis, MN
Oct 3 – Marquis Theater – Denver, CO
Oct 4 – Urban Lounge – Salt Lake City, UT
Oct 6 – Neumos – Seattle, WA
Oct 7 – Rickshaw – Vancouver, BC
Oct 8 – Hawthorne Theatre – Portland, OR
Oct 10 – Slim’s – San Francisco, CA
Oct 11 – The Roxy Theater – Los Angeles, CA

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