With influences from the likes of The Mars Volta, Radiohead, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Animals As Leaders, Primus and everything in between, David Hasselhoff On Acid bring a destructive, psychedelic blend of Progressive Rock, Hardcore, Metal, and Funk that will capture the attention of even the most skeptical of listeners.
"The name alone sold me - I had to see what sounds were attached to such a title. To be blunt, watching this group in action, it was as if James Hetfield befriended Trey Anastasio in 1983 instead of Lars Ulrich. Thrash-metal-dub-jam was my best guess as trying to describe the incendiary rhythm being belted out by this no-name band. We all agreed it really would be the soundtrack if were were watching, or were, David Hasselhoff On Acid."
-[Garret Woodward - 'State Of Mind Music'] Review of DHOA's set at Wakarusa, 2009.
Having shared the stage with numerous national acts such as Animals As Leaders (Prosthetic Records), Dead Letter Circus (Warner Music), Scale The Summit, Dysrhythmia, & Elixir On Mute, DHOA have been gaining an impressive following in their hometown of Kansas City and surrounding areas, as well as touring in Colorado, Texas, Arkansas, Illinois, & Iowa.
DHOA are putting the finishing touches on their sophomore album "Eudaimonia" which is being produced by Brandon Bamesberger. The album will be released in late Spring 2013.
"Their barnstorming sound threw a melodic grenade into the overflowing crowd. The best we can do is grab onto something nailed to the floor and hang on for mercy while they take us for a ride."
-[Roving Festival Writer - 'therfw.com']
"…by the time the closing number, 'When The Sky Swallows Her Children,'
is allowed to reach the pinnacle of it's prog-funk grandiosity, the listener has
truly been swept into what can only be described as a journey."
-[Nick Spacek - Pitch Magazine] - Review of DHOA's debut full length, "Feast Of The Horse People"
Phil Wolf - Guitar
Brandon Bamesberger - Guitar
Erich Thomas - Bass
Zach Legler - Drums
Eudaimonia (2013; COMING SOON)
Feast Of The Horse People (2010)
"David Hasselhoff On Acid" by Nick Spacek
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David Hasselhoff on Acid flirts with the possibility of having too much going on, with a genre-splic...David Hasselhoff on Acid flirts with the possibility of having too much going on, with a genre-splicing jamtastic funk that is only one of such diverse elements as heavy-metal double-kick drums, guitars that sound as if they were recorded underwater, and a slap bass that'll knock the taste of Red Hot Chili Peppers right out of your mouth. After ominously pitch-shifted voices on the introductory track, "He Was Lying to Me," Feast treats with a panoply of sounds. It comes perilously close, at times, to too many ingredients, but by the time the closing number, "When the Sky Swallows Her Children," is allowed to reach the pinnacle of its prog-funk grandiosity, the listener has truly been swept into what can only be described as a journey.
"David Hasselhoff On Acid"
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Claustrophobic. Menacing. Wandering down the rabbit hole. That was my initial description of Davi...Claustrophobic. Menacing. Wandering down the rabbit hole.
That was my initial description of David Hasselhoff on Acid at Wakarusa last year. Playing to an audience who were either half-afraid or half-dumbfounded, the Kansas quartet frightened listeners with their sinister brand of instrumental psychedelic jam-rock. Their barnstorming sound threw a melodic grenade into the overflowing crowd at the Backwoods Stage.
Though only in their infancy, the group induces a dizzying feeling in their live shows. It is a feeling reminiscent to riding a rollercoaster after eating a chilidog and downing a Pabst Blue Ribbon tallboy. Each time flagship song “Gumdrop Princess Warrior” spills out of my speakers, I begin to have flashbacks. All kidding aside, the air around me gets cooler, my body tenses up, and I start questioning every notion, for good or ill, passing through my mind.
Even the band itself feels the dark energy. According to them, the tone is, well, “ok, imagine the soundtrack playing in David Hasselhoff’s head as he is munching his junior bacon cheeseburger off the floor, several hours after eating 17 hits of acid and slamming three quarters of a bottle of Patron, but just before he blows his brains out all over the kitchen wall with his stolen sawed off shotgun, because even he can’t take the overwhelming awe of the reality of existence and the beauty of life on this planet. Sort of sounds like that. Ya dig?”
DOHA has that command, onstage and in recordings. The best we can do is grab onto something nailed to the floor and hang on for mercy while they take us for a ride.
Garret K. Woodward: What is “David Hasselhoff On Acid”? Why the Hoff?
Erich Thomas: [To know what it is,] you have to come see. Why the Hoff? To make a long story short, the guitar player, Phil Wolf and I were in Berlin about three years ago. Lets see, lots of LSD, wandering Berlin, and who do we see? Good ole David Hasselhoff. Well, the rest of the trip was pretty much David Hasselhoff on acid.
GKW: How would you describe the sound? Who are the influences?
ET: We generally describe it as aggressive and experimental, progressive funk? Metal? Jam band? We are instrumental, which we absolutely love. We get compared to several bands mixed together. Tool and Primus gets thrown around a lot, but we don’t sound too much like either one. Between the four of us there are way too many varying influences to even start.
GKW: What does improvisational music mean to you? How does it affect your approach to the band?
ET: That’s definitely how we form songs. At least the beginning of songs. Improvisation means letting go of everything and just letting the music out. Being comfortable, but challenged at the same time. When four weird dudes get together, and all the music they let out sounds so different, but still fits together in this singular abstract groove, then you have something.
GKW: How did you guys come about? When? Where? Why?
ET: Began about three years ago with only three original members. A handful of shows after we added a second guitar player to gain some depth. We really came together because we were all good friends and musicians, and, yes, liked to smoke lots of really good weed. Putting the funk, jazz, and metal all into this instrumental jam band stew unleashed our creativity and spewed forth the spectacle that is David Hasselhoff on Acid. A year and a half after getting the four perfect members, we lost half the band, our drummer and guitar player. Those guys were tough to replace, but we persevered. All the guys that have ever been in the band have been from Kansas City. We are very much a KC band.
GKW: What are you thoughts on the current music industry? How do you want to be different, or contribute to the evolution?
ET: Right now we are just trying to get in front of people and keep playing music. We want people to come to live shows. The way to do that is tour, put on amazing shows, and sell merchandise. Digital and vinyl are where things are going for sure. Lots of free music going around and that’s fine. If you like our band, come see us live, and, if you like us after that, come support us and buy something.
GKW: How receptive have audiences been to your creation onstage?
ET: Very. That’s why we want people to come see us live. We played Wakarusa right after [Les] Claypool last year to the biggest crowd on the Backwoods Stage during the entire three days [of the festival]. Two days later, we played a show with two tech metal bands and a hardcore band. Both crowds ate it up.
GKW: What do you like or dislike about being the road?
ET: The three with no girl friends love the road, and the one with a girlfriend, well, you know.
GKW: What’s your dream venue?
ET: Red Rocks for sure.
GKW: What do you want the listener to ultimately witness or walk away with when they see you perform?
ET: We kind of want to be like the trap door in Being John Malkovich. Put you inside David Hasselhoff’s head as he trips his drunken ass off. You know? I bet there is some crazy shit in that man’s head.
GKW: What’s on the horizon for the band?
ET: We are actually recording a high quality dvd/cd of our live set in two days [Apr. 9, 2010]. We then go into the studio in July, releasing our first record in late fall, early winter. After that we want to concentrate on perfecting some new songs we have in the works for our next album. Tour, tour, tour. We are planning on making our Kansas City shows a fun visual experience as well. We have lasers, live performers, full backdrop video, and other fun things planned for the next year.
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David Hasselhoff on Acid, another local collective, added avant-garde elements, including ironic bur...David Hasselhoff on Acid, another local collective, added avant-garde elements, including ironic bursts of jazz to its brand of metal.
Wakarusa 2009 Festival Review
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Gearing up for another late-night, I began with David Hasselhoff on Acid. Trekking over to the Backw...Gearing up for another late-night, I began with David Hasselhoff on Acid. Trekking over to the Backwoods Stage, I had to see for myself what melodies were birthed from such a moniker. It seemed I wasn’t the only one curious by the name, as a sizable number of onlookers questioned (in delight) the clashing heavy metal riffs amid a blend of dub and rock influences. To conclude, DHoA is quite possibly the perfect title for the group, seeing as their tones definitely made one feel as if they were watching, or were, the Baywatch star on mind-bending psychedelics.
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