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Los Angeles, California, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2008 | SELF | AFTRA

Los Angeles, California, United States | SELF | AFTRA
Established on Jan, 2008
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Jul
03
ACIDIC @ The Lodge Sports Bar & Grill

Pinetop-Lakeside, Arizona, United States

Pinetop-Lakeside, Arizona, United States

May
21
ACIDIC @ Soma

San Diego, California, United States

San Diego, California, United States

Mar
05
ACIDIC @ The Viper Room

West Hollywood, California, United States

West Hollywood, California, United States

Nov
09
ACIDIC @ Southside Music Hall

Los Angeles, California, United States

Los Angeles, California, United States

Nov
05
ACIDIC @ Six Strings

Bloomington, Illinois, United States

Bloomington, Illinois, United States

Nov
04
ACIDIC @ Blue Moose Tap House

Iowa City, Iowa, United States

Iowa City, Iowa, United States

Nov
01
ACIDIC @ Cafe Acoustic

St Joseph, Missouri, United States

St Joseph, Missouri, United States

Oct
31
ACIDIC @ Pitter's Cafe & Lounge

Cape Girardeau, Missouri, United States

Cape Girardeau, Missouri, United States

Oct
30
ACIDIC @ The Gaslight

Joplin, Missouri, United States

Joplin, Missouri, United States

Oct
23
ACIDIC @ The Pinetop Lodge

Pinetop, Arizona, United States

Pinetop, Arizona, United States

Sep
05
ACIDIC @ Taste of Madison Festival

Madison, Wisconsin, United States

Madison, Wisconsin, United States

Aug
14
ACIDIC @ Knitting Factory

Spokane, Washington, United States

Spokane, Washington, United States

Aug
01
ACIDIC @ Downtown Rock City Festival

Idaho Falls, Idaho, United States

Idaho Falls, Idaho, United States

Jul
30
ACIDIC @ Herman's Hideaway

Denver, Colorado, United States

Denver, Colorado, United States

Jul
29
ACIDIC @ Sunshine Studios

Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States

Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States

Jul
27
ACIDIC @ Lookout Lounge

Omaha, Nebraska, United States

Omaha, Nebraska, United States

Jul
24
ACIDIC @ The Castle Theatre

Bloomington, Illinois, United States

Bloomington, Illinois, United States

Jul
23
ACIDIC @ Blue Moose Tap House

Iowa City, Iowa, United States

Iowa City, Iowa, United States

Jul
18
ACIDIC @ Cafe Acoustic

St Joseph, Missouri, United States

St Joseph, Missouri, United States

Jul
17
ACIDIC @ Rock 3405

Joplin, Missouri, United States

Joplin, Missouri, United States

May
22
ACIDIC @ Jumping Turtle Bar & Grill

San Marcos, California, United States

San Marcos, California, United States

May
16
ACIDIC @ Diamondz Event Center

Jerome, Idaho, United States

Jerome, Idaho, United States

May
15
ACIDIC @ The Royal

Salt Lake City, Utah, United States

Salt Lake City, Utah, United States

May
09
ACIDIC @ The 3rd Wheel

Lewiston, Idaho, United States

Lewiston, Idaho, United States

May
07
ACIDIC @ The Do Bar

Great Falls, Montana, United States

Great Falls, Montana, United States

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"Legendary Rock Interviews: Q & A with Acidic lead singer Michael Gossard"

Legendary Rock Interviews: Q & A with Acidic lead singer Michael Gossard

By John Parks

For a young band coming up, let alone a band from Southern California, it’s hard to find more validation than garnering the interest of legendary Mötley Crüe bassist Nikki Sixx, but that’s exactly where the band Acidic found themselves earlier this year when Sixx tweeted that he was digging their song “Drive Thru” and planned to feature it on his radio show.

Sixx isn’t the only artist digging Acidic, as Candlebox singer Kevin Martin appears on their latest album, and the guys have similarly made friends with other tourmates like Trapt and Hinder.

The band is on the road with Smile Empty Soul opening up minds to their sound, which is probably best described as a blend of their 1980s and 1990s influences, mixing the energy of bands like Green Day with the delivery of bands like Candlebox and Jane’s Addiction.

Acidic will be performing at Take 20, 438 U.S. 20, Cherry Valley, Ill., Nov. 20, and I recently interviewed singer/guitarist Michael Gossard to find out a bit more.

Q. Thanks for talking with me. For those new to the band, can you tell us how you guys arrived at the name Acidic and what were some of your initial experiences prior to forming the band in 2007?

A: Thank you for the opportunity. The name Acidic was the arrival of compromise between band members and the frustration of coming up with a name that is memorable and concise. As many bands will tell you, coming up with a good band name is hard. We found ours on the side of a Diet Rite Cola can! Prior to Acidic, I was influenced by the touring lifestyle. I got a chance to see the country touring with a few smaller acts and playing gigs as an opening act for bigger bands. I fell in love with it.

Q. Six years is a good chunk of time for a young band, and you have no doubt changed a lot since the formation of the band. What experiences have made the biggest dent on your career trajectory to this point?

A: The biggest dent in our career trajectory has been a scramble of many, many incidents, big and small. The most meaningful change comes from a myriad of seemingly insignificant events that pile up like a staircase to greater success. Meeting and becoming friends with such established bands as Hinder, Trapt, Candlebox, Fuel, Smile Empty Soul, and so many more has made a huge difference in our journey. Touring with Armed Forces Entertainment, playing for our troops in Kosovo and at two USAF bases in Germany was incredibly meaningful as well.

Q. Touring has been a big part of your lifestyle, taking up most of your life, to be honest. What kind of effect — positive or negative — has this had on your relationships or your families?

A: Everything has its positives and negatives. Touring does take us away from our families a lot, but it also allows us a greater appreciation of the time we do get to spend with them! I am grateful for it. And in a way, it expands our “other family” — the fans and new friends we’ve met along the way. We have several “homes-away-from-home” now that we never dreamed we’d have, in cities and states we never thought we’d visit.

Q. You have a song and video I really like called “Uninspired” and interestingly, it’s quite different from many of your other songs, including “Copper Man.” Is the diversity in your material a result of different songwriters within the band?

A: The diversity of the material comes from the diversity of experiences we have while touring, as well as other songwriters we’ve worked with. We see so many amazing things, and we are always evolving musically because of it. For example, the Armed Forces Entertainment tour took us to Ramstein AFB in Germany, where we saw wounded soldiers being brought back for treatment from the Iraq War. That moved me so much that I wrote a song about it, which became “The Brave” on the Chronic Satisfaction album.

Q. Your band seems to have a penchant for jangly, unhinged guitars, and in general, you seem to pride yourselves most on emotional intensity and highs and lows rather than calculating precision. Is that fair to say?

A: I would say that music is emotion extrapolated through sound. What we do and what we play comes straight from deep inside. I would also say that we appreciate perfection, but realize that we are not, in fact, perfect, and the little imperfections in our music are what make it so unique and intriguing. You’ll always know it’s living, breathing and organic — nothing manufactured or too processed.

Q. You have been championed by Nikki Sixx on his show, toured with numerous national acts, and captured the mind of your audiences on a nightly basis at your live gigs. Given the substantial amount of successes you’ve seen in the past seven years, do you ever see days where you’re just plain frustrated and wished things moved even faster for the band?

A: Everyone gets frustrated by life. However, I try to channel it - Rock River Times, Rockford IL


"The Best Concerts In Houston This Weekend: Cage the Elephant, Acidic, Rusted Root, etc."

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The Best Concerts In Houston This Weekend: Cage the Elephant, Acidic, Rusted Root, etc.
By Chris Gray Fri., Nov. 1 2013 at 3:30 AM

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Scout Bar, November 2

Acidic's name is often spelled in all caps, so once you get past thinking "AC/DC" and listen a little, you can get straight to thinking "Jane's Addiction." Like the psychedelic L.A. surf-rockers of a generation ago, Acidic plys an ocean-size but laid-back brand of hard rock that flirts with funk, metal and reggae but retains a sticky-sweet center.

Released in March, Acidic's third album, Copper Man, has begun turning the right heads, including not one but two "Sixx Pick of the Week" nods on Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx's nationally syndicated radio show. With Smile Empty Soul. CHRIS GRAY - HoustonPress.com


"ACIDIC to appear in Algona"

ACIDIC to appear in Algona

By Nathan Countryman, Assistant Editor
Published: Thursday, November 21, 2013 9:56 AM CST
ALGONA—Los Angeles based rock-band ACIDIC will be performing at the Afterlife tonight in Algona.

According to Michael Gossard, front man for the band, people can expect a lively rock show.

“We get a lot of crowd interaction, and our shows are a very pleasant experience,” Gossard said.

Gossard said the band is towards the back-end of a national tour that began in September of this year.

“We’ve played all around the country,” Gossard said. “We’ve had concerts in both Iowa City and Des Moines.”

Gossard said the band’s influences include Jane’s Addiction and Green Day.

“Our concerts are undeniably fun experiences, and we’re very happy to be up on stage,” Gossard said.

Doors for the show open at 7 p.m. and tickets are available at the door.

ACIDIC has had two of their songs in the top 100: “Copper Man” and “Drive Through.”

For more information on ACIDIC, check out www.acidicband.com - Algona.com (Algona - Upper Des Moines)


"L.A Band Acidic’s song ‘Copper man’ hits almost a million views on YouTube"

L.A Band Acidic’s song ‘Copper man’ hits almost a million views on YouTube
Published 10/11/13 8:30pm | Updated 11/03/13 10:30pm
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By Alex Hinson

Machine Shop is visited by ‘American Chemicals tour’ a 60-day tour playing at 51 venues with headliner Smile Empty Soul who chose this night to share their CD release. Since their last interview with The Michigan Times shortly after the release of their newest album Copper man in March, Acidic has come a long way with almost a million views on their music video.

‘Copper man’, a song about getting pulled over and troubled for marijuana, and continues to be their hit song off the album. The group recently released and is touring their newest single off the album called “Drive thru”. Which is still in the top 100 on the National charts. Acidic is working on their next new album according to lead singer Michael Gossard.

What do you feel about having almost a million views on your song ‘Copper man’ Video?
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Were all kind of of surprised. We made that video and we wanted to do something totally different something that has not been done before. I did not actually think anybody would like it, and after 900,000 views, were all like whoa, WHOA

What do you think about the tour so far?

It’s been great. We just got off tour with Trapt, and started on Tour with Smile Empty Soul. Damn near sold out Joplin Missouri; We did Battle Creek last night, Machine Shop tonight, and Dayton Ohio tomorrow. This tour is long, 51 dates packed into 60 days. So were ugh, Ground and Pound, hit the grindstone.

How is being on tour different than Los Angeles?

There is a lot less time at home. Other then that it’s all-good. When were at home, I spend a lot of time in the studio. I’m doing a lot of demoing and writing. On the road I do a lot of demoing and a lot of writing. It is just less high tech. Its not the person who changes, it’s the surrounding that change.

Who drives the van?

Not me! Right now I don’t have a license! Our bass player or our road manager usually does. Were about to pick up our other crew member in New York City. Its going to be rad. Zane is awesome.

What are your plans for the next five years?

Doing the same stuff we are doing now but bigger. The same ground and pound. It’s going to grow; it’s going to materialize. A metamorphosis of sorts and were going to come out on top.

What is your favorite song off the album Copper Man?

Drive thru. For sure. Love that song. Because it’s an accident. We made the whole record, and we sent it off to the label, and were like yea were excited about this. And they were like we like the albums great except two songs, they gots to go. And were like, were not having a eight song album, were not Metallica. We are not doing kill ‘em all.

Are you playing Drive thru tonight?

Most people say you should play your best song last. If you’re the opening band you start with your best song, you get on stage and grab your balls

Check out more Acidic at Acidicband.com

Alex may be reached at ahinson@umflint.edu
- The Michigan Times


"Smile Empty Soul (with ACIDIC): Live at Trees Dallas"


Smile Empty Soul: Live at Trees Dallas
Posted on November 12, 2013 by Chantelle Préjean

Back in 2006, I remember browsing the music sections at Best Buy (RIP) but more specifically looking for the ‘S’ section. S-m… S-m-i… Found it! Smile Empty Soul. As I pulled back the white divider, the image of a vulture was staring back at me. The band’s second full length was out and I couldn’t wait to hear it. It had been a couple years since their debut, but it seemed like eternity. Now, almost a decade later, Smile Empty Soul has 6 full length albums under their belts. Chemicals (Released Oct. 2013) has been their most recent and Static caught them on their last headlining tour.

There was a spooky chill in the air that night, and the streets were swarming with witches, ghouls, and super heros… popular attire this year given the anticipation of the new Thor movie. Personally, I would have voted for more zombies. The drink lines weren’t too long, but you had to wait on Spiderman and Cat Woman before you could order your witches brew… or PBR for the thrifty ones of the evening. Only one more band to go until who we had all been waiting for.

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Acidic was about to hit the stage but the members were no where to be found. The stage was quiet and you couldn’t hear anything but the super heroes in the crowd screaming their heads off… little did you know that Captain America WAS in the band… along with “The Dude” and the blow up sumo wrestler. The band was significantly younger, relatively speaking when compared to Smile Empty Soul. You know they were playing with a band that impacted them when they were growing up. From the band’s stage presence to their musical knowledge, you know this wasn’t their first gig. Acidic quite literally owned the stage, and what made it even better was what they were wearing. They were the entertainment of the night and were the catalyst for the energy to come. Mike Gossard, vocalist and instigator, dominated the stage and mic with his dominant personality. The crowd fell head over heels. Josh Bennett was a master of his craft and not to mention a pro at shredding in a sumo wrestler outfit. Matt Whittaker and Ted Dubrawski played the beats to a key and were head first from the moment they hit stage. The sound was full and the mix was just right. The vocals didn’t dominate so you could make out the rumble and the lead solos throughout the entire set.

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The curtain drew shut and once again everyone was anticipating the peak of the night. Though the band had already sound checked, everything was to be checked again. The suspense was killing long time fans and many tried to sneak a peak under the heavy red curtain that separated them from Sean’s pedal board.

With the lights still off, the curtain started to open as the first song started to ring out. They opened the night with Black and Blue, a popular song off their most recent record. Given how long Smile Empty Soul have been together and not to mention how long Sean Danielsen (vocals) and Ryan Martin (bass) have been in the band since the beginning, you would think that the guys would have obtained more recognition as active artists. Sadly, more often than not, this is the case for many. The difference between Smile Empty Soul and the “others” is that these guys are still out there writing the music they love and giving fans yet more and more chances to see them live and well. Their new album which was just released last month can be found streaming at Revolver’s website. The band’s performance was spot on. It’s hard for a 3-piece to make a stage seem small, but with Ryan’s flowing locks of dreads and constant action he managed to do so. Drummer, Jake Kilmer, rocked the riser and of course, didn’t need any triggers to follow through on his beats.

If anything has changed the most from the band’s beginnings, it’s the amount of tattoos Sean had accumulated. Smile Empty Soul has failed to release any new album that isn’t better than their last. Yes, there will always be the hits from their debut, but you can’t argue how much they’ve grown as musicians and as a family. - StaticMagazine.net


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"Copper Man": The title track of Acidic's fourth and latest album parodies infomercials and the late Billy Mays.
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October 21, 2013

Philanthropic acts have made occasional blips on the hard rock and heavy metal scene over the years, ranging from the late Ronnie James Dio's 1985 Hear-N-Aid project to fight famine in Ethiopia, to benefit concerts staged for fellow musicians. But arguably, good deeds have been few and far between when it comes to a singular source making a consistent dent.

If they were more frequent, you might expect the band in question to be a veteran group that has matured beyond its years, a band that has dealt with adversity over a few decades.

Now say hello to Acidic.

While their music -- sometimes unfairly -- gets accused of sounding like a carbon-copy of Jane's Addiction or Green Day, the Los Angeles unit stands on its own when it comes to charitable work for various causes in and out of the metal community. All in their early 20s, the band was founded by vocalist/guitarist Mike Gossard (far right above) when he was 14. Gossard not only is the main man behind Acidic's music, he champions causes ranging from animal shelters to helping out other rockers -- including one of his own bandmates. Not that such work goes to his head. The approachable Gossard is often found hanging out with fans before going on stage and letting loose with his mates.

Acidic (Gossard, guitarist/backup vocalist Josh Bennett, bassist Ted Dubrawski and drummer Matt Whitaker) opened for Trapt in January at Backstage Live, but fans familiar with the group and newcomers alike can check them out Tues. Oct. 29 when Acidic supports fourth album Copper Man while opening for Smile Empty Soul at The Korova (details at bottom). Don't be surprised if Gossard performs a song or two atop the bar, as Lita Ford did in September 2012.

Gossard, 21, phoned the San Antonio Metal Music Examiner recently as the band traveled through Rhode Island on its way to a gig in Quincy, Mass.:

Hi Mike, it's great to talk to you today. Thanks for taking the time. I know you've got the East Coast thing going, but hopefully I can put you in a San Antonio frame of mind for a couple of minutes.
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Q: I believe you guys were here in January with Trapt. Whether fans saw that show or may be hearing about Acidic for the first time when they read this interview and are thinking about going to see you guys Oct. 29, what should they know about you as a band and from a performance perspective?
A: We specialize in stage performance. Anybody who comes to see us will be enjoying the performance. If you want to see people with energy when they get on stage and have a great time doing it, come see us play.

Q: You've played everywhere from up the road in Austin at SXSW (South By Southwest) to Kosovo and Germany for the troops. Obviously those are vastly different experiences but important in different ways for the band, I'm sure. What did you take away from those visits?
A: Well, you know, anytime you do anything for the United States Army or any of the Armed Forces, it's vital that we take it because in a sense, it is above and beyond the call. But they go above and beyond the call every day. So for us, we have to go do it. And we got invited one day, and they said, "You guys are going to be missing the holidays with your family. But you're going to be playing for people who miss it every year to fight for your freedom." And you're like, "Of course we'll go." Like, that's not even a question. And we had a great time. They were great people, great guys, and we just enjoyed the Christmas treats with them. Got to see some F-16s, and we got to play some video games with our fighting men and women. We had a good chance to enjoy ourselves.
Q: And what about SXSW; how important was that in spreading the word about your music?
A: You know, SXSW is really interesting because literally, it's definitely something special. It's really respected. But these days, it's more of just a stop that every band has on their tour itinerary. Because everybody plays it. It's really overwhelming sometimes. But it's a lot of fun. Just to walk around 6th Street and see what's going on, then go to Stubb's for barbecue. It's a great experience. But in terms of that -- my piece of advice is if you want to break your band, do tours in smaller markets because SXSW -- there's a lot of label highs the - Examiner.com


"Feedback File Live, ALT ROCK - ACIDIC"


Live Music: Acidic, Derek Evry, The Specs, Courtney Marie Andrews
Great live music to check out this week
Posted by Sam Spence on Thu, Oct 17, 2013 at 4:00 AM

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ALT ROCK | Acidic
w/ Beyond Intent, Marytre, Rite of Ruin, Smile Empty Soul
Thurs. Oct. 17
Rehab Bar and Grill
8484 Dorchester Road
North Charleston

Michael Gossard offers a pretty bare-bones pitch as to why you should see his band Acidic this week. “If you want to see someone bare their heart and soul in front of people, come see us play,” the lead singer says. Like many of the cock-rock greats, Acidic’s songs are inspired by life on the road. “Every time we make a new friend, run into the police, go into a fast food restaurant, just everything — it’s all about what we’ve been through on tour,” he says. “Every time we go through something difficult, it affects our music and makes it more mature. [On tour] I’ve learned how to make friends, survive on minimal resources, and I’ve learned how to be a person.” The highway to hell isn’t the only thing that shapes Acidic’s music. “We were influenced by a lot of people, bands like Jane’s Addiction and Green Day,” says Gossard. The emotions they bring to the table are evident in songs like the Perry Farrell-homage “Copper Man” or the Linkin Park-esque “Satellite,” two songs off their 2013 release Copper Man. —Stephen Pappas THURSDAY - charlestoncitypaper.com


"Music on the Spot: Live with ACIDIC"


Music on the Spot: live with Acidic
By Derrick Gainsforth | Posted October 03, 2013
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As a relatively new band, Acidic has already seen success in touring with the likes of Hinder, Hawthorne Heights and currently, Trapt. Formed at their California high school in 2007, Acidic is a young band that has earned its place the hard way: by independently producing two LPs and living a consistent working class life on the road.
Acidic will be back in SLC again this year on Dec. 3, 2013 performing with Smile Empty Soul at Liquid Joes.



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“The whole point is getting to the next level,” says lead singer Micheal Gosard.

“Every time you step into a new pond, you try to become the biggest fish in that pond so you can jump into the next one.”

Although Acidic have begun to see their hard work pay off, Gosard sees a healthy beauty in the competition among other bands.

“These days there’s so much indie music out there,” says Gosard.

“People really have to determine their own tastes.”

Performing their hit song, Copper Man, Acidic melted the Salt Lake stage with an endless grove-band feel and energy worthy of their namesake.

“You never know who is going to be popular tomorrow,” says Gosard.

“If we win people over at shows, that’s all that matters.”

Acidic are just wrapping up their tour with Trapt and will hit the road again in October with Smile Empty Soul.
- The Globe SLCC (Salt Lake Community College)


"L.A. Rock Band Frequents Joplin"


L.A. rock band frequents Joplin

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ACIDIC, comprised of Michael Gossard (left), Matt Whitaker (middle), and Ted Dubrawski (right), will perform at Guitars Rock and Country Bar in Joplin on Oct. 1.

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Posted: Monday, September 30, 2013 3:00 pm | Updated: 4:24 pm, Mon Sep 30, 2013.

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Rising alternative rock band ACIDIC will be returning to Joplin on Oct. 1. The band, which is currently touring in support of their new album Copper Man, will be playing with fellow rockers and current tour-mates Smile Empty Soul at Guitars Rock and Country Bar.

“It’s the first show of a 60-date tour with Smile Empty Soul, so it’s going to be a big one,” said Michael Gossard, lead singer for ACIDIC, in a recent interview with The Chart.

Formed in Los Angeles in 2008, the members of ACIDIC took it upon themselves to produce and release their debut album Ironic Dreams, and later began touring Southern California to help support the album.

Since that time, they have released three additional albums, often collaborating with record producer John Ryan of Chicago Kid Productions, and have gone on tour with numerous well-known acts, including Hinder, Candlebox, Filter, Alien Ant Farm, and Marcy Playground.

“Connections happen over night,” said Gossard. “With all [those bands], we had a friend who was really good friends with them, and we had a chance to meet, and they liked [our] material and we liked them as people, and we ended up going on the road.”

ACIDIC has also been praised by rocker Nikki Sixx, bass player and co-founder of the 80s hard rock band Mötley Crüe, who decided to feature the band’s newest song “Copper Man” on his nationally syndicated radio show Sixx Sense.

“I think I might have broken my hand from waving my hands around screaming ‘yes!” said Gossard in reference to his reaction to Sixx’ decision to feature them.

According to Gossard, the band has visited the Joplin area frequently over the years, despite their growing success. The reason for this stems from the band’s first ever performance in the area two months after the May 2011 Joplin Tornado.

“We played our first show there, and I remember everybody was just kind of … trying to forget, and we were a part of that for some of these people, and we got the chance to—like, you know—be involved in their recovery, and we decided that we were never going to stop coming back,” said Gossard. “We’ve made it one of our permanent markets, and it has been good to us. We’ve played there probably eight or nine times now.”

Tickets for the show, which will begin with the local band Cronus at 8:30 p.m., are estimated around $10.
- The Chart Online


"ACIDIC - Copper Man"


ACIDIC – Copper Man
ACIDIC – Copper Man
April 3, 2013 · by Kerriann Curtis · in 2013, 5 Stars, ACIDIC, Album Reviews, Alternative, Artist Name, California, Genre, Indie Rock, Location, Los Angeles, March, North America, Rating, Release Date, Rock, United States
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Copper Man is the impressive new album by California band, ACIDIC. A follow up to their 2011 release, Chronic Satisfaction, Copper Man shows tremendous growth and maturity musically. The time between recording albums has given the band time to solidify their sound (Constant touring probably didn’t hurt either), and really prove to the world that they are indeed the hardest working band from southern California!

About Copper Man, lead singer/guitarist Michael “Goss Boss” Gossard said, “this album is the album we’ve been wishing and praying for. We love playing these songs. This was a pure collaboration for the whole band, a labor of love between three friends. It’s organic, carnivorous rock n’ roll.”

The love they possess for their music couldn’t be more evident. Ten songs strong, Copper Man is a success from beginning to end. With hints of 90’s rock, hard-hitting anthems and thoughtful ballads, this album has it all. They keep the energy high throughout the entire release (even during their ballads, toe tapping is still inevitable). This is a band that plays by the rules: Work hard, play louder and the album is a direct reflection of that.

The title track, “Copper Man,” opens the album with a bang and will ultimately be the song to get the crowd to their feet. Hard-hitting, it will get heads banging and body’s moving. Songs like “Pirate Eyes”, “Drive Thru” and “Forever More” show off their fast paced guitar licks and in your face drumming. Weaving the ballad- like songs in between the up-tempo anthems gives the listener a glimpse at the band’s more sensitive side without losing that ACIDIC passion.

“Hail to the Yeti” is yet another highlight of the album. The song begins with just acoustic guitar and Gossard’s vocals. Delicate, vulnerable, it’s a different change of pace. The song builds up into a full-blown Green Day inspired sound complete with “Na-na-na’s” at the end (which every great song has). The feeling of the song is a bit different than the rest, but is definitely worth a listen (or two, or three).

What’s wonderful about making a full-length album is a band can really show off what they are capable of. This is exactly what ACIDIC has done with Copper Man. From the songs themselves to the order they were placed in, each aspect feels well-thought out and executed. Each song shows a different facet of them, without being all over the place. The passion and talent is there, and fans are really taking notice.

They just wrapped up their tour supporting Hinder, and are heading back out in a couple of weeks to support Trapt. Keep tabs on ACIDIC through their Facebook page and if you do get the chance to see them live it is highly recommended (From someone who has seen them a few times, they put on one hell of a show). For now devour Copper Man and tell them WORDKRAPHT sent you!

WORDKRAPHT Rating: 5 Stars!





Album Name: Copper Man
Date Released: March, 2013
Genre: Rock, Alternative
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Band Members: Mike “Goss Boss” Gossard – Guitar/Lead Vocals, Ted “The Blur” Dubrawski – Lowdown Electric Thunder/Backup Vocals, Matt “I can count to 4!” Whitaker – Drums
Website: http://acidicband.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ACIDICband
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ACIDICband - Wordkrapht.com


"Rockers Power the World at the Machine Shop"


Rockers Power the World at the Machine Shop
Acidic/ The LAST VEGAS/ Hinder
Published 09/03/13 9:13pm
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By Alex Hinson

Rockers gathered outside in line for the sold out show at the Machine shop
Monday March 25th greeted by lead singer Michael Gossard from Acidic, giving away
merchandise and free hugs.

Acidic, hailing from Southern California, started the show with a cover of the ever-famous “Thunderstruck” by ACDC. Acidic played many tunes from their newest album “Copper man” which features a wide range of hard rock with influences of sound by Green Day, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, and The Beatles.

Acidic started in 2007 with Michael and high school buddy Ted Dubrawski.

After a few gigs they acquired third member from their fan base for drums, Matt
Whitaker. Creating a unique experience for the fans, Acidic tours and records with a
guest guitarist.

When asked how Acidic got their name Gossard simply replied “A Can of
Soda”.

Gossard, during our interview, told The Michigan Times the story of how they
did not have a name for their band after they had already rocked a few stages.
Finally their producer said “Here and now you have to decide, you are about to have
your first cd out!” Gossard was holding a can of soda and the first word he looked at
was “Acidic”.

Gossard said his favorite part of playing music is being on stage, that there is
enough energy to “Power the World”. The energy at the Machine Shop was powerful
and everyone was so enthusiastic to rock out to make our ear drums bang for the
next week.

On Acidic’s Facebook they posted pictures of the band with the crowd gathered, and another captioned “Oh Machine Shop, you never fail to disappoint.
And now we remember why this is our favorite venue. We love this place!”

Plans for the future for this band include “Touring and Playing, … Aspiring to be ourselves,
but BETTER!”

Acidic members said that touring with Hinder was “Awesome, They treat us
like Super Stars, and are genuinely good guys.” When asked if Hinder has taught them anything, the band responded “they taught us how to hold our liquor, and perform from the heart”. This
is the end of the tour with Hinder for Acidic.

The LAST VEGAS , a band hailing from Chicago with a sound all their own, influenced by 70s/80s Rock bands that according to Billboard “combine rock,
glam and garage for an ass-kicking sound. No doubt, rock ‘n roll is here to stay.” Playing from the heart because they “LOVE Michigan”, they energized the stage for the night’s headliner, Hinder.

Hinder performed themselves from the heart that night with an amazing
showcase of all their top songs, including “Lips of a Angel” and “Better Than Me”.

Hinder throughout the set continued throwing guitar picks into the crowd of star
struck machine shoppers.

Acidic will be back in Flint at the Machine Shop on October 5th. Check out their Facebook for more information.
Alex can be reached at entertainment.mtimes@gmail.com - The Michigan Times


"ACIDIC breaks down walls of rock music"

ACIDIC breaks down walls of rock music

LA band to open for Smile Empty Soul at Hammerjack's

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Los Angeles rock band ACIDIC will perform with Smile Empty Soul at Hammerjacks Rock-N-Roll Dance Club on Monday, Aug. 26.

If you go

What: Smile Empty Soul with ACIDIC, One Headlight High, Sober Overdose and Magnum Opus

When: Aug. 26, 7 p.m.

Where: Hammerjacks, 512 Felix St.

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It shouldn't be a surprise that a kid raised on a steady diet of Green Day, Jane’s Addiction and Robert Johnson makes eclectic, hard-hitting music.

Successfully marrying grunge with pop-punk, metal, arena rock and doo-wop, Los Angeles band ACIDIC takes from its inspiration by aiming to be anything but typical.

“We catch influences from everything, but I especially notice that we get a boost, in terms of songwriting, from whatever we’re listening to in the present moment,” lead singer Michael Gossard says.

The band will open for Smile Empty Soul at 7 p.m. Aug. 26 at Hammerjacks with One Headlight High, Sober Overdose and Magnum Opus.

Playing music since he was very young, Gossard started ACIDIC when he was 14 with Ted Dubrawski, recently seen as a bassist on the show “Glee,” and Matt Whitaker, a proud cancer survivor.

From their different backgrounds and experiences, there’s a sense of urgency and immediacy in just about everything they do. Once they get some forward momentum, they can’t stop.

Right now, there’s a lot of that going their way, as the band spent the past year touring with the hard rock band Hinder and the video for its first single, the titular song off of their latest album, “Copper Man,” has hit almost one million views on YouTube.

“I got to take all in stride. It’s great stuff, don’t get me wrong. But there’s always something that we can do better, that we can do to take it a step forward,” Gossard says. “I can’t afford to become complacent. It’s all good, but we’ll see how the next video does.”

The band has a lot to pick from for its next single, from the bouncy “Only One,” that mixes Weezer with Ludo, to the Jane’s Addiction-esque “Drive Thru,” to the Foo Fighters and Ben Folds Five-channeling “Hail To The Yeti.”

It’s not part of a plan by the band to resurrect a nostalgic sound, it’s a natural progression for it to venture to distortion-fueled music.

“Songs kind of come when they come. It’s like a painting. The artist has a general idea of what they want to accomplish. The end product could be completely different,” he says. “There’s no limit to what we can do. Give us an opportunity to change and improve ourselves and we’ll make it happen.”

Right now, the band still feels it has a lot to prove and wants to make as many fans as possible doing it.

For ACIDIC, there’s no barrier between the audience and the band. The members’ work ethic dictates that no person should leave without knowing who they are.

They make it a point to greet everyone at the door before the show, and when they hit the stage, their energy and musicianship makes sure that the name is remembered.

Gossard says breaking down that wall between the band and the audience is the only way he wants to operate.

“Not a lot of bands do it like that and spend as much time trying to win over a fanbase as much as we do,” he says.

Maybe that kinetic and addictive energy and catchy tunes is why they’re climbing the charts and gaining recognition from artists like Motley Crue’s Nikki Sixx and stations on Sirius/XM Radio.

Gossard would just tell you it’s pure luck.

“No one really knows why their band gets picked up ... It’s all luck of the draw mixed with a lot of work,” he says. “We were doing the right things at the right time and that’s what it comes down to.”

The band's album, "Copper Man," is currently available on iTunes at: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/copper-man/id601547451 and Amazon at: http://www.amazon.com/Copper-Man-Acidic/dp/B00B671VR2

Andrew Gaug can be reached at andrew.gaug@newspressnow.com. Follow him on Twitter: @SJNPGaug. - News-Press NOW


"Southern Calif. Alt/Rock Band ACIDIC Will Join Smile Empty Soul On Their Kick Off Concert In North Dakota,"


Southern Calif. Alt/Rock Band ACIDIC Will Join Smile Empty Soul On Their Kick Off Concert In North Dakota, Highlight Hollywood News
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Southern California based alternative rock band ACIDIC will join Smile Empty Soul on their tour kicking off in Minot, North Dakota on August 19th and wrapping up in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on August 28th.
ACIDIC, which consists of lead singer and guitarist Michael Gossard, bassist Ted Dubrawski and drummer Matt Whitaker, released their fourth full-length, 10-track album Copper Man last month. The band once again teamed up with producer John Ryan of Chicago Kid Productions; Ryan has worked with Santana, Lynrd Skynrd and Styx among others on Copper Man. “This album is the album we’ve been wishing and praying for. We love playing these songs. This was a pure collaboration of the whole band, a labor of love between three friends. It’s organic, carnivorous rock n’ roll,” says frontman Gossard. In describing their sound, Gossard calls it “a high-powered fusion of insanity-based rock,” adding “I find that much of our music is inspired by grunge bands like Pearl Jam as well as Green Day, Cage the Elephant and Foo Fighters. I also find inspiration from artists like Mozart for structure and harmonies.”
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Copper Man has already received critical praise on their latest tour: “This threesome took the stage by storm opening the night with their set and a song titled Drive Thru, from their album Copper Man. With a hint of a Green Day sound, this trio never slowed down once they took the stage. Throwing in their rendition of Come Together by the Beatles has everyone along for the ride,” said Erika Thomas of Screamer Magazine. Benjamin Ricci of Performer Magazine said, “Straight from the get go, ACIDIC brings forth its frenetic energy and passionate sound in waves of indie alternative delight. Copper Man opens up this ten-song album with distortion-glazed guitars, dazzling percussion and bass and high-octane rocket powered vocals.”
In the past two years ACIDIC has toured with Candlebox, Fuel, Warner Drive, Alien Ant Farm, Marcy Playground, Filter, Hawthorne Heights, The Higher, and Trapt. In 2011, the band visited Germany and Kosovo as part of an Armed Forces Entertainment tour, an experience that inspired Gossard to write “The Brave.” “I would be approached by all these soldiers and they’d tell me stories,” Gossard said. “I’d listen and decided I needed to write about it.”
When they’re not touring, ACIDIC regularly plays around Southern California recently playing to a sold out house at the legendary Troubadour.
The dates for the tour are as follows:
DATE CITY/STATE VENUE
Monday, Aug. 19 Minot, ND The Original Bar and
Nightclub
Tuesday, Aug 20 Bismarck, ND Bismarck Civic Center
Wednesday, Aug 21 Fargo, ND The Nestors Tavern

Thursday, Aug 22 Minneapolis, MN Neisens
Sunday, Aug 25 Bloomington, IL The Castle Theatre
Monday, Aug 26 St. Joseph, MO Hammerjacks
Tuesday, Aug 27 Wichita, KS The Lizard Lounge

Wednesday, Aug 28 Oklahoma, OK The Chameleon Room
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For more information about ACIDIC, please visit their website at http://www.acidicband.com.
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Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
Photographs are Courtesy: Andrew Untersee
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"ACIDIC are bright, young, and hopeful"

Acidic are bright, young and hopeful

ROCKING BOY SCOUTS: Acidic's band members meet with their fans before each show.
by Jorts McDude
August 8, 2013

Extra! Extra! The 1990's are back, and the young, L.A.-based, rock outfit Acidic are flying the banner high. Acidic is a trio (touring as a quartet) who specialize in ultra-catchy alternative rock that sounds like a mix of almost-classics by Better Than Ezra, Fuel, Stroke 9 and Our Lady Peace, mixed with modern indie rockers like Cage the Elephant and Funeral Party. Their new album, Copper Man, recorded by multi-platinum award-winner John Ryan (Styx, Santana, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Badfinger, Allman Brothers) is the trio's third release and strongest to date.

The guys in Acidic are young, which makes the amount of success they've been able to squeeze in since they got started all the more impressive.

A compendium of their accomplishments would put F5's paper cost over budget, so I'll list a few highlights: They've showcased NAMM, SXSW, and a handful of other festivals, headlined the famed Troubadour in Hollywood, and recently hit the 400,000 mark on Youtube for their video for "Copper Man." Motley Crüe's Nikki Sixx highlighted them as a band to watch on his radio program.

And lots of people have taken notice. Acidic has played shows with Trapt and toured with Candlebox, Fuel, Hawthorne Heights, Filter and Marcy Playground, amongst others. These road-dogs are currently on their second tour with Oklahoma milquetoast middleweights Hinder, slated to hit the Cotillion on Aug. 15. The band boasts an average of about half of all concertgoers coming away with a CD. The other half probably already has it.

I had a chance to catch up with frontman Michael Gossard about the band's upcoming tour. Chatting with Michael is easy — he's friendly and funny, with a much wider range of influence than the band's official pages (facebook.com/acidicband or twitter.com/@acidicband) would let on. He cites some predictable influences — Aerosmith's longevity, Red Hot Chili Peppers' energy, Jane's Addiction's style — but also some that completely shook me, like Ragtime king Scott Joplin and Rachmaninoff's haunting "Prelude in C# Minor," which you might remember from The Exorcism of Emily Rose.

Gossard described the band's writing process as an attempt to continually bring new influences into the music while not abandoning what has made Acidic, Acidic.

Gossard himself has essentially grown up in vans and tour buses, with his first tour at the age of 13. This has led to an intense level of cohesion within the band, with possible detriment to relationships at home. Gossard described romantic relationships as "all having ended in tears," and having struggled with alcohol addiction at an early age. He cites "Satellite" as the first song he wrote sober; a relief, he said, that his writing continued to improve without chemical aid.

When asked about tour horror stories, Gossard described the day before their first show with Fuel, in which the band was arrested and somehow managed to bail itself out minutes before soundcheck, paying its creditors back with that night's takeaway. Perhaps the weirdest thing about the story wasn't the arrest, or the timing — because everybody's who's spent even the shortest time in a tour van has been arrested, or dealt with a band member who's been arrested — is that the band members still went out of their way to meet their fans before the show. And that they do this every single night.

This might be where Acidic separates itself from the pack: While the band works as hard as any of the bands listed above, it's the guys in the band — the nice kids, with a great history, who you can't help but root for. One's an Eagle Scout. One's a cancer survivor. One's a craftsman of specialty guitars. They give portions of merchandise sales to various charities, ranging from L.A.'s East Valley Animal Shelter to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, and they've played for U.S. soldiers in Kosovo and Germany.

Oh, did I mention the oldest guy in the band is 23? Somehow, they've leveraged every garage band's dream of touring with hot-as-shits from not only their own generation, but their older brother's, too. They're pros at what they do. I can't wait to see them.
- See more at: http://f5paper.com/article/acidic-are-bright-young-and-hopeful#sthash.AA0b8qV5.dpuf - F-5


"ACIDIC - Copper Man"


Artist: ACIDIC Album: Copper Man Release Date: March 1, 2013
ACIDIC – Copper Man
Posted July 22, 2013 by Evan J

I first caught the band ACIDIC opening up for Hinder a few months back at Mojoe’s in Joliet, Illinois. The guys from California killed it that night as they connected with some new loyal fans not only with their stage presence and sound but with their willingness to connect on a more personal level with those in attendance. After the show, the guys happily spent their time signing autographs and taking photos with fans. I would have to say that most of the people at Mojoe’s respected and enjoyed the fact that a band like this took their time to be so personable.

ACIDIC consists of lead singer/guitarist Michael Gossard, bassist Ted Dubrawski, and drummer Matt Whitaker. The band tours and records as a four-piece with guest guitarists.

I recently received ACIDIC’s debut album, “Copper Man,” and was asked to write what I thought about the album. Sometimes this can be a difficult task for those who haven’t heard or seen anything from the band that I was about to listen to… I basically knew what to expect, since I did see them live.

I have had to listen to albums a few times just so songs would grow on me, but I would have to say that I didn’t have a problem with that while listening to “Copper Man.” Every track has something for all your listening palettes, including rocking tracks like “Copper Man,” “Satellite,” and “Pirate Eyes.” It’s filled with skillful guitar solos throughout the entire album that would make anyone want to play air guitar along with it. The drumming on this album is superb - Matt Whitaker should be a name to be reckoned with as a drummer. Lead singer Michael Gossard has an exceptional voice throughout the album. “Looking Glass“ and “Believe“ show how talented Gossard’s vocal range can be.

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You should thoroughly enjoy this from top to bottom. ACIDIC is very talented; and with them being personable, the ceiling is high for the guys. Here is my breakdown for each track, and my thoughts after listening to them for the first time.

Copper Man - Great flow, with a hint of Jane’s Addiction sound… Guitar riff is stellar, and the drums are right on.

Satellite - This track is perfect as a starter for a live show. It has a great flow throughout, and I can see the crowd throwing their hands in their air and rocking out on this. The guitar solo is exceptional… The vocals are very sing-along friendly.

Monster - This is an arena-type jam that again has top-notch flow with a rocking feel. I love the guitar solo on this!

Only One - Great lyrics to go along with his facinating vocals. The drums on this are killer, and once again the guitar riff… What can I say… I love the guitar playing on this album!

Drive Thru - Guitar on this track is fantastic – another rocking solo. The drums fill in perfectly, and the vocals? Man, this guy has a voice!

Forever More - The guitar starts this arrangement off, and the lyrics pop in shortly after… Great flow to this tune.

Looking Glass - I love how the song starts off low-key, and then picks up and flows very nicely. The guitar solo kills, and the vocal range is top-notch in this ballad-type track.

Pirate Eyes - This track again has it all… It’s a great rock tune, with drums that stand out and top-quality guitar and vocals. It also includes a guitar solo that makes you just want to jam out!

Hail to the Yeti - The light vocals to start off flow perfectly into the body of this track. The guitar is skillful throughout.

Believe - The unplugged guitar is perfectly arranged. I love the vocal range Gossard has on this, and the background vocals are a perfect addition with this track. This is one of my favorites on this album.

So, now the daunting task of giving a grade for this album… I don’t think I have ever given an album a 5 out of 5, and probably never will. That said, I am not taking anything away from the quality of “Copper Man“ since it is an impressive debut offering.

I’m going to give “Copper Man” an excellent 4 out of 5. - Music Underground


"Out and about: ACIDIC, Anberlin, Benatar and an Independence Day tripleheader"


Out and about: Acidic, Anberlin, Benatar and an Independence Day tripleheader
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spotlight show » California rockers Acidic keep returning to Salt Lake City for two reasons: raucous crowds and Philly cheesesteaks at Moochie’s. They hope to get a taste of both when they return to SLC on Friday. The young trio has plenty of experience in the Beehive State, making stops here with Trapt and Alien Ant Farm. This time around, they’ll be opening for Hinder at In The Venue. In a recent telephone interview, lead singer and guitarist Michael Gossard, 21, said touring with Hinder has been eye-opening. "Every single [tour] is a lot of fun, but you can definitely tell that Hinder is a little bigger," he said. "They draw a little bit more people and the venues are also a little bigger. Even how they travel — they have multiple vehicles. They have a bus and a truck and their staff. … It’s a moving convoy, man. It’s nuts." Although they are the opening act, Acidic are capable of stealing the show. They give the type of high-energy performance you’d expect from a few guys in their early 20s, and their experience on previous tours has improved their budding showmanship. "During the show, we’ll go crazy," Gossard said. "I’ll jump into the crowd and go berserk for a little bit. It’s important to mix with the people because they’re there to see a show and we want to give them a show that they’ll remember." Acidic will play a 30-minute set and Gossard said they plan to play most of the tracks off their recent album, "Copper Man." He said the record, produced by John Ryan (Styx, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Santana), was heavily influenced by Jane’s Addiction, Green Day and Queens of the Stone Age. "You generally write what you’re listening to at the time," he said. "We’ve been listening to those bands a lot, and we hope to give the type of crazy performance that they would."

When » Friday, June 28, 5 p.m.

Where » In The Venue, 219 S. 600 West, Salt Lake City

Tickets » $25 at SmithsTix.com

Anberlin

This alternative rock group’s Summer 2013 Acoustic Tour includes special guests Stars In Stereo and Campfire OK.

When » Friday, June 28, 7 p.m. - Sltrib.com


"ACIDIC, Blue Ribbon Healers, and More - the Beat's Record Roundup"


ACIDIC

Copper Man

Sony/RED

Bucking the current hard rock trends, ACIDIC are a treat. At times reminiscent of Jane’s Addction, Wolfmother and Eve 6, the band manages to successfully combine indie rock elements with bombastic guitar grooves. Standouts include the title track and “Pirate Eyes,” two high-energy songs that best showcase what this band is capable of.

- Nikki Hedrick

Editor’s Note: ACIDIC performs with Hinder at Destin’s Club LA March 16. - The Beachcomber


"ACIDIC to blast Boomers': LA alternative rock band opens for Hinder at Lewiston concert"


ACIDIC to blast Boomers’: LA alternative rock band opens for Hinder at Lewiston concert

Published on June 18, 2013 with No Comments

By JACKIE NANCE
INLAND360.COM

Boomers’ Garden in Lewiston hosts a four-band performance Saturday featuring powerhouse rockers Hinder.
The alternative rock band, ACIDIC, opens for Hinder tour.

The alternative rock band, ACIDIC, opens for Hinder tour.

One of the opening acts touring with them is the Los Angeles-based alternative rock band ACIDIC.

Begun in 2007, ACIDIC released its fourth album, the 10-track “Copper Man,” in March this year, and it’s been their biggest sound yet.

“This album is the one we’ve been wishing and praying for,” said lead singer and guitarist Michael Gossard. “We love playing these songs. This was a pure collaboration of the whole band, a labor of love between three friends. It’s organic, carnivorous rock n’ roll.”

The album is produced by multi-platinum award-winner John Ryan of Chicago Kid Productions, who has also worked with Styx, Santana, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Badfinger and the Allman Brothers. It earned ACIDIC a distribution deal with SONY/RED via MegaForce Records.

ACIDIC tours and records as a four-piece band with guest guitarists, but the three permanent members are Gossard, bass player Ted Dubrawski, and percussionist Matt Whitaker. The three emerged as a Southern California band in 2007, said Gossard, as he was searching for something to do for a living.

“But it proved a lot harder to find a good band name,” he said. “Finally we saw something on an ingredients list on a can of soda somewhere, and we liked it.”

Gossard calls their sound “a high-powered fusion of insanity-based rock,” adding that “much of our music is inspired by grunge bands like Pearl Jam as well Green Day, Cage the Elephant and the Foo Fighters. I also find inspiration from artists like Mozart for structure and harmonies.”

The album’s name evolved from an odd pronunciation by an English friend, admits Gossard.

“It came from ‘cop man,’ meaning a police officer,” he said. “The whole story of the song Copper Man is about a serious undercover character and his various exploits.”

They have received critical praise on this tour.

“This threesome took the stage by storm opening the night with their set and a song titled Drive Thru, from their album ‘Copper Man’,” said Erika Thomas of Screamer magazine. “With a hint of a Green Day sound, this trio never slowed down … . Throwing in their rendition of Come Together by the Beatles had everyone along for the ride.”

In the past two years ACIDIC has toured with Candlebox, Fuel, Warner Drive, Alien Ant Farm, Marcy Playground, Filter, Hawthorne Heights and The Higher. In 2011, the band visited Germany and Kosovo as part of an Armed Forces Entertainment tour, an experience that inspired Gossard to write “The Brave.”

“I would be approached by all these soldiers and they’d tell me stories,” Gossard said. “I’d listen, and decided I needed to write about it.”
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Nance can be contacted at artsatinland360dotcom.

->if you go:
WHAT: Hinder’s Welcome to the Freak Show with Aranda, Devour The Day and ACIDIC
WHEN: 7 p.m. Saturday, doors open at 5 p.m.
WHERE: Boomers’ Garden, Lewiston
COST: $25 on ticketfly.com or $30 at the door
NOTE: Ages 16 and up

Hinder’s thunder out of Oklahoma:
The rock band Hinder will be jamming at Lewiston’s Boomers’ Garden with opening bands Aranda,
Hinder is touring with three bands, including ACIDIC, and will play Boomers' Garden Saturday.

Hinder is touring with three bands, including ACIDIC, and will play Boomers’ Garden Saturday.

Devour The Day and ACIDIC. Hinder was formed in 2001 in Oklahoma by drummer Cody Hanson, guitarist Joe “Blower” Garvey and singer Austin Winkler. They were inducted into the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame six years later. The band reached No. 6 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, with their song “How Long,” while their hit “Lips of an Angel” lasted 41 weeks on New Zealand’s charts and was No. 1 for two weeks.
-Lindsey Treffry

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"Hinder (with ACIDIC) show review"


Artist: Hinder Location: Mojoes, Joliet, IL Concert Date: June 14, 2013
Hinder
Posted June 19, 2013 by Evan J

The Oklahoma quintet Hinder made its way to the Chicago suburb of Joliet on Friday night. Hinder packed the joint at Mojoes to the rafters for a sold out show, and put on a killer performance for all those who braved the sweat fest.

Three opening acts took the stage prior to the headliner, and each band brought their own rocking style to the house. My favorite of the three was the second band of the night named Acidic, who hail from Los Angeles, California.

Acidic frontman Mike Gossard was hanging out front of Mojoes prior to the show, introducing himself, handing out stickers promoting the band, signing autographs, and taking photos with all comers.

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I had noticed on the Acidic Facebook page that one of the band’s influences is Green Day. Not only does Gossard have an uncanny resemblance to Green Day frontman Billy Joe Armstrong, but he took a page out of Armstrong’s persona by jumping down and sifting through the mass of steamy bodies with his microphone to belt out a jam that had the place in a frenzy. Acidic has the emotion and stage presence that you would want out of any band and they are very personable, something you don’t see every day. This is definitely a band that is up and coming… Check them out.

Taking a quote from Hinder’s website, “Everybody is a freak in one way or another. We all possess those idiosyncrasies and quirks that make us a little strange, whether it’s an odd proclivity or an offbeat fascination. In fact, that’s the one thing the entire world shares in common.”

Touring in support of their most recent album, Welcome To The Freakshow, Hinder graced the stage just after 10pm and made sure everyone who came out witnessed what has made the band famous. Decked out in full rockstar garb, frontman Austin Winkler had the ladies and probably some guys swooning with his sultry voice as he serenaded Mojoes with the hits “Lips of an Angel” and party anthems “Get Stoned” and “Up All Night,” and more from their catalog.

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The guys rocked out like their counterparts of the ’70s and ’80s, and they aren’t afraid to make it known that they are all about having fun and making music. That being a mantra that most bands live by. - Music Underground


"Interview with Mike Gossard of Acidic"

Interview with Mike Gossard of Acidic
– March 13, 2013

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The hardest-working, hottest young rock band in Southern California – Acidic. And that’s exactly what they are. This band knows no boundaries. The guys are currently on tour with Nonpoint and Hinder. ESE Rocks had the opportunity to see last week what they are all about. Erick Pagley of ESE Rocks says this …

“While at the Rodeo Music Hall in Austintown recently, I saw a newly signed, up and coming band that really impressed me. Full of energy, a little attitude, a tight sound, willing to talk to and and work the crowd. They are “Acidic”. It was my pleasure to meet, watch and talk to these guys while at this show on business. Definitely a newer alternative general rock sound with some edge to it. Worth giving a listen and checking out (www.acidicband.com)!”

ESE Rocks also had the opportunity to get an interview with lead vocalist, Mike Gossard, who gave some insight about the band and what’s going on next. Mike was very personable and fucking cool to talk with. The thing that I took away from this interview is the fact that Acidic cares more about their fans than you’ll ever know. They’ve poured their heart and soul into every song but they consistently give mad credit to their fans for if it wasn’t for you guys, they wouldn’t be here !

Check out the interview below !

Also Check out their music video “Copper Man”

You can check out Acidic via these social networks:

www.facebook.com/ACIDICband
www.twitter.com/ACIDICband
www.reverbnation.com/acidicband - East Side Entertainment


"Ready to rock: Tom Keifer, Acidic to perform in Joplin"


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May 10, 2013
Ready to rock: Tom Keifer, Acidic to perform in Joplin

By Joe Hadsall Globe Features Editor

JOPLIN, Mo. — Bands have to work harder than ever these days to make it to the big-time. They have to do the work of record labels and face a lot more competition through online music sellers such as iTunes and Amazon.

Michael Gossard said he and his bandmates in Acidic are up to the challenge.

"The first thing any band should work on are the songs," Gossard said. "If it's not right, it's not ready. It's better to go out full force with songs you like."

The Southern California band returns to Joplin Monday with a concert at Guitars -- the band will open up for Tom Keifer, lead singer of Cinderella, who is touring in support of his debut solo album, "The Way Life Goes."

Gossard said the band has performed two other concerts in Joplin, one of them at the Kitchen Pass last May.

Fresh off a tour with Trapt, the band travels to Joplin for a single show before another tour through the Pacific Northwest, then joining with Oklahoma rockers Hinder.

The band has toured with a long list of other bands, including Filter, Fuel, Candlebox and Hawthorne Heights.

The band recently released its third album, "Copper Man," in March. Working with producer John Ryan, Gossard, bassist Ted Dubrawski and drummer Matt Whitaker, the band rehashed previous work to produce an album that eventually picked up a distribution deal with Sony/Red through MegaForce Records.

Gossard said the band took its own advice and reworked the album that eventually became "Copper Man."

"At first we thought about doing something like a live album," Gossard said. "We wrote a bunch of songs that we didn't feel confident using, so we went back to square one, wrote a bunch of new songs and practiced the hell out of them."

The result is a solid rock album that got featured on Nikki Sixx's "Side Show," a nationally syndicated radio show. Previous albums were featured in the publications Alternative Press, Pure Grain Audio, Music Review and Target Audience.

Gossard said band members strive to put together songs that can be played live with no backing tracks. Live shows are energetic and frenetic, he said.

"We just want to be up there and play what we love," Gossard said. "Anyone who has never seen us before, even if they don't know a single song, there will be one part where they are singing along with us."
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Want to go?

Tom Keifer and Acidic will perform Monday at Guitars, located at 1800 W. Seventh St. Doors open at 6 p.m. The concert is presented by KXDG-FM. Tickets: $25, $20 in advance. Details: 620-674-2232.

- Joplin Globe


"Review: TRAPT, 3 PILL MORNING, and ACIDIC"


Review: TRAPT, 3 PILL MORNING, and ACIDIC
May 9, 2013 By Kate Drexel Leave a Comment

Monday night, Acidic, 3 Pill Morning and Trapt rocked the small local venue of Brighton Music Hall, where Upstate Metal’s Kate Drexel was able to catch the show and do interviews with 3 Pill Morning’s lead vocalist, Jeff Stebbins, and Trapt’s Chris Taylor Brown.

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acidic3The mixed chatter that bounced off the brick walls of Brighton Music Hall died down as soon as the lights dimmed. The show was about to begin with Hollywood’s favorite small band, Acidic, opening with one of the tracks from their recent record, “Drive Thru”. The crowd began to warm up to this entrancing, incredible sound and vibe the band gave off. Before the second song, “The Brave”, Mike Gossard (vocals) dedicated it to the people of Boston for their strength, referring to the recent marathon bombing. Through the speedy setlist, Mike introduced the next song, a cover of The Beatles’ “Come Together” and invited Trapt’s drummer, Dylan Howard, to do guest drumming along with their drummer, Matt Whitaker. Gossard ran through the crowd while singing soulfully and jumped onto the bar, taking everyone by surprise. He made his way back to the stage to continue the setlist with the performance of “Satellite”, “Copper Man” and “Strata Red”.

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After Acidic’s killer performance, it was 3 Pill Morning’s turn to blow everyone out of the ballpark. The chatter once turned into cheers once the lights dimmed and their ears were filled with a song with electronic beats. The band members came on stage one by one dressed very formally to the theme of their latest record, Black Tie Love Affair. They began with “Revolution” and once the song ended, the electronic beat was back. Before their second song, “Nothings Real”, Stebbins introduced the band to the audience then proceeded to perform. “I Want That For You” had the whole crowd jumping, a sea of bobbing bodies. In the middle of the set, Stebbins toasted to Boston. The speedy setlist ended with their well-known single, “Loser” and “Skin.” This was one very explosive, energetic band that connected with their fans. “We’re just turning that live show into something that’s special instead of sitting at home, not doing anything or listening to the CD on Spotify. We want people to come out and have that experience with us,” said Stebbins after the show, when asked to describe their live performances. Next to hit the stage, the main event, Trapt.

trapt1The anticipation grew immensely as the crew set up the stage for Trapt. Finally, the cue that it was time for them to make their presence known. The audience cheered drunkenly and wildly as the whole band stepped upon the stage. The lights shown upon Chris Taylor Brown’s face as he asked the crowd the question that was the title to the first song, “Who’s Going Home With You Tonight?” By the end of that song, Brown dedicated their second song, “Waiting”, to the strength of Boston causing the crowd to cheer very loudly. He gave a very powerful, spin-chilling speech before the performance of their third song, “End of My Rope”. “Bring It” had the concertgoers bouncing to the rhythm of the song. Occasionally, Brown brought out his guitar to a few of the songs. The way the lights hit the stage while Trapt was playing gave off a very intimate feel, and a sense of connection with the fans was very evident. Before each song, Brown gave incredible explanations behind those songs and performed them with great energy. The setlist ended with their latest single, “Love Hate Relationship”, “Still Frame” which had the audience jumping yet again, “Stand Up” and of course, their very famous single, “Headstrong” to which the audience sang along and bounced to. “It’s just one of those songs that’s kind of like the attitude of what we’re about, that’s not being trapped and not feeling the way we did and freeing ourselves from the confines of everything that you are automatically thrown into and it’s that attitude that we’re not gonna conform into anybody’s will and we’re always going to be headstrong,” explained Chris, when asked about the story behind the song.trapt2

All in all, incredible, energetic vibes and just the kind of show Boston needed after what they went through. This was the night that the headstrong band met the headstrong city. - Upstate Metal


"Trapt's Long Awaited Return to New York City"

Trapt's Long Awaited Return to New York City

May 1, 2013

By: Nicole McKay

Trapt finally came back to play New York City last night after five long years. To open the show they brought along openers 3 Pill Morning and Acidic, making for a night of nonstop rock with no disappointments.
Before the show had even started, Acidic were outside the venue greeting each and every fan as they walked in. Just 10 minutes before their set the guys were still there, chatting and taking pictures with old and new fans. Those that hadn't heard of them before seemed to give them a lot of respect for taking the time, and by the time they took the stage, everyone was inside eagerly awaiting the California rockers. Their energy on stage was perfect for an opener, getting us all going, especially when frontman Mike Gossard jumped on top of the bar before making his way through the crowd during a cover of The Beatles "Come Together". To add to an already great cover, the band brought out Trapt drummer Dylan Howard to play at his set behind Acidic drummer Matt Whitaker. The combination of the two brought a unique and awesome sound. Another highlight of the band's set was the title track and debut single off of their latest album Copper Man. The fast paced guitar and catchy bass line had the entire crowd bouncing as the band closed up their set.
The Gramercy Theater's website had no other opener listed on their site, so when 3 Pill Morning took the stage I was pleasantly surprised. With vocalist Jeff Stebbin's voice similar to Trapt singer Chris Brown's, and instrumentals to match, the band definitely fit on the bill. Marching around the stage in a suit, Stebbins had everyone jumping and bobbing their heads throughout their 45 minute set. They played through a number of songs from their album Black Tie Love Affair. The blend of pop-punk and rock and cutting lyrics warmed us up just in time for Trapt to take the stage.
Out of nowhere, the Gramercy Theater suddenly became packed full as the lights dimmed to welcome Trapt. The crowd exploded immediately, starting a mosh pit at their opening track "Who's Going Home With You Tonight?". The pit continued into "Waiting" from the band's 2005 album Someone in Control. The show felt like somewhat of a throwback to high school, the audience mostly in their early twenties and reliving the days of blasting the self titled debut in their bedrooms. The older tracks were received with incredible energy, and newer ones had everyone jumping and singing along.It's safe to say that everyone at the Gramercy knew almost every word to all of the songs on Trapt's set. The surreal feeling that comes from a room packed full of hundreds of people singing in unison made for a great night.
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"Interview with Acidic Singer Mike Gossard"

Interview with Acidic Singer Mike Gossard

May 2, 2013

Currently on their second tour with Trapt, Acidic have spent the last few months on the road, gaining new fans and promoting their latest album Copper Man. Lead singer Mike Gossard took a few minutes to speak to us before the show.

?MPR: You guys are from California; is it harder to make it out there given that so many people move to California to try and get their break?

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Mike: It's like any other big city, you have to find a way to set yourself apart. And whether that's jumping all over the bar or you know, doing something extra crazy it's all a matter of making an impact, y'know, making a splash.

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MPR: What do you think you guys did that set you apart?

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Mike: Leave L.A.

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Mike: Yeah once we left L.A. people thought we were cooler cause we were on tour and started coming to our shows.


MPR: You worked again with producer John Ryan on your latest album Copper Man," what brought you back to him?


Mike: Uh cause he's more than just a producer. He doesn't just make the album with us and then say you're on your own. He guides us through the whole process and helps us get on tours. He's with us every step of the way.


MPR: The title track's video is really weird and hilarious. Where'd you get the idea for that?


Mike: Oh god. We got influenced one night and we decided we wanted to do something we'd never seen before. I mean we've seen a lot of really crazy concepts but we hadn't seen an infomercial spoofed. So we went and picked a bunch of product ideas, crazy concepts that would never exist but like existed. So we did infomercials for each of them and we edited them all and it just kinda came together, it was fun.


MPR: Yeah I was watching it on the train down here, it's pretty funny.


Mike: Our favorite scene is the naked bass player scene.


MPR: For some reason I can't remember that part.


Mike: That surprises me. It's hilarious. It's our favorite part, the erectile dysfunction part.


MPR: So your out on the road with Trapt for the second time and then you're heading out with Hinder again?


Mike: Yep, early July we'll be back out with them.


MPR: Did you guys all get along well and choose to tour together again or did the tour schedules just work out that way?


Mike: Well it worked that way and we get along really really well. We got pretty tight with those guys over the course of touring with them, it's been awesome.


MPR: Every band I've spoken to that's toured with Hinder has at least one or two crazy prank stories. Did they get you at all during the tour?


Mike: Oh yeah. The last night they pranked us on stage. They put vaseline on the drumsticks, powder all over the snare, changed the cymbals, threw cheerios at us, threw cups at us, they saran wrapped our bass player on stage. What else did they do. Matt what'd Hinder do to us?


Matt: They took my drums off stage.


Mike: Oh yeah they took his drums off stage while he was playing them and came up and squirted water on us. All of those things together make for a pretty interesting show.


MPR: When we shot your show with Hinder and Nonpoint you did an awesome cover of The Beatles "Come Together".


Mike: Yeah! We're gonna do that tonight.


MPR: Are there any other songs you guys like to cover?


Mike: Sometimes we do "My Own Worst Enemy" by Lit, but "Come Together" is our trademark. That's like our it's time to rock song. Actually we've got a surprise on it tonight, we're gonna do something we've never done before.


MPR: What's that?


Mike: I can't tell you. It involves the drummer of Trapt. Yeah it's gonna be cool. And the drummer of Acidic at the same time. Yeah I just gave it away. They're gonna play at the same time.


MPR: What are your plans for the rest of the year?


Mike: Tour, tour, tour, write songs, tour, tour, tour, record another album, keep touring, keep playing music.


MPR: If you could tour with any band dead or alive who would you choose?



Mike: Green Day! And The Beatles. That's like my dream right there. On one package too. Us, Green Day, and The Beatles.


MPR: That's definitely going to happen.


Mike: I know.


MPR: Would you still do your "Come Together" cover?


Mike: Oh yeah. Wait no we wouldn't do it then. We'd probably cover the Rolling Stones then.
- Mosh Pit Report


"ACIDIC – Burning Through The Layers"

ACIDIC – Burning Through The Layers
By Erika Thomas on Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

Rolling down the highway, an hour outside Ft. Worth, Texas, Michael Gossard, Ted Dubrawski and Matt Whittaker are on their way to a show in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Taking a break from the view of the road rushing by, Gossard is grateful to speak about the band, their accomplishments and fame.

ACIDICAcidic was formed while the band mates were still in high school explains Gossard, “I started this band back in 2007 when I was only 15 years old. I began looking for members and decided to put up a bunch of flyers. I actually found Matt Whittaker first; he is our drummer. He responded back and wanted to jam so we did and it felt good and we just kept jamming. We decided we needed a bass player, so I hit up my friend Ted Dubrawski, who I’ve known since we were little kids. Ted joined our jam sessions and liked the feeling of jamming and everyone liked each other and before you know it we were playing shows. We would ask our friends to join us so we could have a fourth guitar player and that’s really the way it’s been since we started.”

Gossard continues, “We are a local L.A. band, a typical Southern California band. The Troubadour is home base! That’s where we call home when we are in L.A. We played our last three shows there, what can I say? It’s just great fun there. We enjoy playing there so much. We know the booking agent there really well and she gives us a great deal on tickets for our fans, the sound system is awesome. It’s just an amazing club in L.A., actually one of the older clubs and it has a great vibe. We have played all the clubs through the Sunset Strip area and this is one of our favorites and are glad we can call it home.”

Most would think that being in California, and Los Angeles even more so, would make it easy for young bands to break into the music scene; however, Gossard explains differently. “The music scene in California is so massive and truly exorbitantly overblown in size; therefore, you really have to set yourself apart and be effervescent to make yourself noticed. It’s so challenging, not just in Cali, but everywhere to break into the music scene. You have to be likeable on stage and people have to like and understand your music or you’ll fall by the wayside. It’s always challenging, but doable.”

On April 14, 2009, Acidic released their debut album, Ironic Dreams, a full length, self-produced CD. The young group was still in high school, yet their first year together would have them playing venues in Southern California such as The House of Blues on Sunset, The Whisky a Go-Go, and The Knitting Factory among other well known names. “The other bands we played with were really cool and receptive of us. We made a lot of friends and connections with people in L.A. We have met so many bands and made so many friends that we will have a buddy from another band come and play with us on a record, or to jam to just have some fun. As for the venues, they were always receptive of us and we loved making those connections.” states Gossard. The guys ended 2009 by signing a deal with the Australian duo, The Wizardz of Oz, Andrew Bojanic and Liz Hooper, for their second album, Getting Lucky.

DSC04660 ACIDICAppearing at national events in 2010 brought them the claim to fame of being named the Whisky a Go Go’s LA Weekly Band-of-the Month. April began the tour for their promotion of Getting Lucky and just one month later Gossard would graduate from high school. June and July would have them touring numerous festivals, fairs and being winning the Battle of the Bands at a NACA sponsored event. The bands’ first three years were outstandingly remarkable and they accomplished many feats at such a young age; feats some bands would never see. “One event that really stands out for us was when we received a phone call one day. It was from a sergeant in the Armed Forces, entertainment division. He asked if we were interested in going overseas to play for the troops. We thought it was a wonderful idea. We signed up right away and wound up going to Germany, Kosovo and Austria to play for the NATO and Air Force bases there. We had our own crew, bus and our own system. It was fantastic and they treated us well and what better way to say thank you to our wonderful armed forces than to perform for them. They are excellent men and women and there’s nothing else like them! I would love to do it again.” exclaims Gossard. “As for our charity work, it became a mission for us one year. There are wildfires in California all the time and one particular year over 5000 animals were displaced due to the fires. The shelters were overcrowded and were going to put the animals down. We just couldn’t stand the thought of that happening so we started a charity, recorded a video and obtained local commercial time to try to help the animals. It worked and we were able to raise money to donate to - Screamer Magazine


"Trapt, 3 Pill Morning, and ACIDIC in NYC"

Preview: TRAPT, 3 PILL MORNING, and ACIDIC in NYC
April 29, 2013 By Kate Drexel Leave a Comment

To support their latest record, Reborn, Trapt is playing at the Brighton Music Hall in Boston, MA on Monday, April 29th. They are playing at the Gramercy Theatre in New York City Tuesday, April 30th. Touring with them is 3 Pill Morning and Acidic.

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Trapt:

From Los Gatos, CA, Trapt continues to rock the stage since the release of their well-known hit single “Headstrong” in 2002. They have previously toured with Chevelle, Papa Roach, Three Days Grace, Halestorm, and many more. Trapt have five records released, the most recent one, Reborn, dropped January22nd, and a total of thirteen singles. Band members consist of Chris Taylor Brown (vocals), Travis Miguel (guitar), Peter Charell (bass), and Dylan Howard (drums). This headstrong band is ready to blow everyone all away with what they have in store for us.



3 Pill Morning:

From Minneapolis, MN, this small rock band’s first single “Loser” remained on rotation on the Top 100 chart on Active Radio for over 6 months. 3 Pill Morning has opened for Shinedown and In This Moment in Nebraska on select dates in the summer of 2012, as well as toured with Sevendust. The band involves Jeff Stebbins (vocals), Ryan Walch (guitar/keys), Charlie McCoy (bass/vocals), and Trent Laugerman (drums). 3 Pill Morning is eager to share their material to the ever-adoring concertgoers.

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Acidic:

Hailing from Southern California, Acidic hits the road a second time with Trapt, supporting the release of their fourth record, Copper Man. They have previously opened for bands such as Hinder, Hawthorne Heights, and many more. Band members include Mike Gossard (vocals/guitar), Ted Dubrawski (bass) and Matt Whitaker (drums). This unique bunch knows how to have a good time and ready to share the moments with everyone.



All in all, a great lineup is waiting to surprise concertgoers with their awesome tunes and incredible vibe. Be sure to catch them while you can! - Upstate Metal


"Acidic: A Night of Rock & Roll You'll Never Forget"

Published: April 23, 2013
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Acidic: A Night of Rock & Roll You'll Never Forget

By Andrea Kincaid

"We want to be known not just as another band, but a band that stands out from the rest just doing what we love," says Michael Gossard, lead singer of Acidic. As I arrived at the venue to hear my very first live Acidic show, I could tell I was in for a very exciting show. On tour with American rock band, Hinder, Acidic, who was minted in the year 2008, hails from beautiful Southern California. They have toured with other great bands such as Candlebox, Trapt, Fuel, and Hawthorne Heights. Rock royalty Nikki Sixx has praised these guys as "classic, old Jane's Addiction" as he selected them to his weekly pick, "Sixx Pick of the Week".

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I asked Michael what his thoughts were on streaming online music. This is a big deal in the recording industry as it is beginning to make CD's and vinyl's a thing of the past. "In one light, I support it. It gives our fans faster access to our new albums as opposed to running to the store and hoping they have it in stock. But, on the other hand, it's hard on us because we use CD's to promote our music at all of our shows. People can walk away from our shows with a CD in hand and that gets the word out about us."

As far as musical inspirations are concerned, Gossard explains the band has many. "We have always been inspired by bands like Coldplay, the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Led Zeppelin. It's an honor for our sound to be compared to bands like the Foo Fighters and Modest Mouse."

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Family is number one priority in everyone's life so when I asked Michael what it's like being on tour and so far away from home, his response was both humble and determined. "Our families are so supportive of our journey with music. We really have a great support team back home."

I sat down and asked Michael how everyone knew each other and do they always get along. With a grin on his mysteriously clever face, he began to tell me just how things were in the beginning. Background vocalist and bassist Ted Dubrawski and I go way back to the days of elementary school. We formed the band our freshman year and added drummer Matt Whitaker."

Acidic started touring in 2009 and even played at The House of Blues on Sunset. They are currently signed with Sony/RED.
On the night of their show at Scout Bar opening for Hinder was a night never to leave my mind. It wasn't until Gossard belted out the lyrics to The Beatles "Come Together" that had my opinion sealed of the amazing potential this great rock band has to one day making it into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

For More Information: http://acidicband.com/

Andrea Kincaid is a mother of twin boys, a writer, singer, model and creative director for Keel Magazine as well as a Vemma rep. - Newsblaze.com


"Highly ACIDIC - SoCal band ACIDIC hits the road with Trapt"

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Southern California rock band, ACIDIC, will perform at The Varisty Theatre with Trapt Monday, April 22. Photo courtesy of ACIDIC
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SoCal band ACIDIC hits the road with Trapt

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By Holly A. Phillips
Posted Apr 17, 2013

The latest music video from ACIDIC is a string of infomercial parodies, starting off with “The Titty Cat,” a bra made of a stuffed feline. The creative rock band from southern California said they don’t take themselves too seriously and are bringing their jokes to the Varsity Theatre stage this month.

“We were tired of seeing rock bands be super serious in their videos,” said ACIDIC’s lead vocalist and guitarist Michael Gossard. “We wanted to have a good sense of humor about it, so we picked the most embarrassing situations we could possibly be in.”

The music video is for the title track of the band’s latest album, Copper Man, which was released March 19. It’s ACIDIC’s second album to be produced by John Ryan, who has also worked with Styx, Santana, Lynyrd Skynyrd and the Allman Brothers, among others.

Nikki Sixx of Motley Crue named the track, “Copper Man,” his “Sixx Pick of the Week” on his radio show in February, giving ACIDIC more time on the airwaves.

“I wasn’t sure it was real,” Gossard said. “It was cool because he said he really liked our song. I was flabbergasted because he’s an idol of mine. I am nothing but grateful for him.”

In the past, ACIDIC has toured with Alien Ant Farm, Hawthorne Heights and Marcy Playground. The band is currently on tour with Trapt and will later join Hinder.

“The bands we’ve had a chance to tour with have been gentlemen and they’ve treated us like we feel like we deserve to be treated, which is with respect,” Gossard said. “I’m just happy to be on tour with people who appreciate good music.”

ACIDIC performed at the Varisty just a few weeks ago, with Hinder on March 15.

“My most prominent memory of that show was boiling crawfish in the parking lot,” Gossard said. “It was the first time I’ve ever had it.”

ACIDIC was formed in 2007 when, as Gossard puts it, he “wanted to jam with friends and have some fun.” He found drummer Matt Whitaker first, at a local high school (both of them were in high school).

“We started jamming together and found a certain magic with it,” Gossard said.

Bass player Ted Dubrawski was next, having known Gossard since kindergarten.

“From there, we started playing shows, chilling around the local scene and then some bigger bands picked us up. And, now, we find ourselves here at a crossroads, waiting to get to the next level,” Gossard said.

Each member of the band is influenced by different genres of music that Gossard says comes together in a unique way.

“I’m not going to go out and say that what we’re doing has never been done before, it’s been done a million times,” he said. “But we have our individual spin on it and it’s eclectic and I’m proud of it.”

Although Copper Man was just released, the group is already working on their next album, noting that it takes about 10 months to make a record.

“We never stop,” he said. “I try to get at least 100 songs recorded when we’re working on an album so there’s a full scale of every possible thing you can fit.”

Any unused tracks go onto Gossard’s iPod with a chance to be used in the future. While working on the next album, the group will continue to tour.

“We’ve done extensive touring and it’s the foundation of our career and fan base,” Gossard said. “That’s what we’re all about. There is a bonding experience that happens on the road.”

While the group is made up of three members, they tour with a guest guitarist.

“I love software, but the stage is meant to be the stage,” Gossard said. “I have the full ability to record confident tracks that would be badass and blow people away, but there’s just something about having four guys up there rocking out. There’s something special about that that can’t be replicated.”

See ACIDIC with Trapt at The Varisty Theatre, Monday, April 22. Follow them on Twitter @ACIDICband or at Facebook.com/ACIDICband
- Dig Baton Rouge


"Review: ACIDIC - Copper Man"

ACIDIC – Copper Man
ACIDIC – Copper Man
April 3, 2013 · by Kerriann Curtis · in 2013, 5 Stars, ACIDIC, Album Reviews, Alternative, Artist Name, California, Genre, Indie Rock, Location, Los Angeles, March, North America, Rating, Release Date, Rock, United States
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Copper Man is the impressive new album by California band, ACIDIC. A follow up to their 2011 release, Chronic Satisfaction, Copper Man shows tremendous growth and maturity musically. The time between recording albums has given the band time to solidify their sound (Constant touring probably didn’t hurt either), and really prove to the world that they are indeed the hardest working band from southern California!

About Copper Man, lead singer/guitarist Michael “Goss Boss” Gossard said, “this album is the album we’ve been wishing and praying for. We love playing these songs. This was a pure collaboration for the whole band, a labor of love between three friends. It’s organic, carnivorous rock n’ roll.”

The love they possess for their music couldn’t be more evident. Ten songs strong, Copper Man is a success from beginning to end. With hints of 90’s rock, hard-hitting anthems and thoughtful ballads, this album has it all. They keep the energy high throughout the entire release (even during their ballads, toe tapping is still inevitable). This is a band that plays by the rules: Work hard, play louder and the album is a direct reflection of that.

The title track, “Copper Man,” opens the album with a bang and will ultimately be the song to get the crowd to their feet. Hard-hitting, it will get heads banging and body’s moving. Songs like “Pirate Eyes”, “Drive Thru” and “Forever More” show off their fast paced guitar licks and in your face drumming. Weaving the ballad- like songs in between the up-tempo anthems gives the listener a glimpse at the band’s more sensitive side without losing that ACIDIC passion.

“Hail to the Yeti” is yet another highlight of the album. The song begins with just acoustic guitar and Gossard’s vocals. Delicate, vulnerable, it’s a different change of pace. The song builds up into a full-blown Green Day inspired sound complete with “Na-na-na’s” at the end (which every great song has). The feeling of the song is a bit different than the rest, but is definitely worth a listen (or two, or three).

What’s wonderful about making a full-length album is a band can really show off what they are capable of. This is exactly what ACIDIC has done with Copper Man. From the songs themselves to the order they were placed in, each aspect feels well-thought out and executed. Each song shows a different facet of them, without being all over the place. The passion and talent is there, and fans are really taking notice.

They just wrapped up their tour supporting Hinder, and are heading back out in a couple of weeks to support Trapt. Keep tabs on ACIDIC through their Facebook page and if you do get the chance to see them live it is highly recommended (From someone who has seen them a few times, they put on one hell of a show). For now devour Copper Man and tell them WORDKRAPHT sent you!

WORDKRAPHT Rating: 5 Stars!





Album Name: Copper Man
Date Released: March, 2013
Genre: Rock, Alternative
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Band Members: Mike “Goss Boss” Gossard – Guitar/Lead Vocals, Ted “The Blur” Dubrawski – Lowdown Electric Thunder/Backup Vocals, Matt “I can count to 4!” Whitaker – Drums
Website: http://acidicband.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ACIDICband
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ACIDICband - Wordkrapht.com


"Interview, Michael Gossard, ACIDIC"

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Interviewed by: Jeremy Aaron (03/27/13)
The following is a mini interview of generic questions that we posed to all bands that wanted to answer:

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1. How did you get your band name?

I personally think that coming up with a band name is the hardest thing about being in a band. This was true for us. We wrote a bunch of songs and had our style coming into a solid form long before there was a band name to put it all behind. It came down to the wire because we were going to play a show and the promoter needed a name to put on the marquis. I was drinking a soda at the time and looked through the ingredients list on the side of the soda can. I saw one of the ingredients had the word acid in it, so I blurted out the word ACIDIC and that has been our name ever since.

2. How did this band get started?

I started the band back in 2007 as a garage band with some friends. I quickly realized that I really enjoyed writing songs and that this could be something that I would continue with, as a career. I found Ted Dubrawski, with whom I had been in school for years, and Matt Whitaker by posting up flyers with broken drumsticks on them everywhere, when we needed a good drummer. We started jamming, playing shows, and in 2010, we started touring.

3. What bands are you influenced by?

Our main two influences are Green Day and Jane's Addiction. We were also influenced by bands like The Who and Red Hot Chili Peppers, as well as many punk bands from the 80's and 90's.

4. If you could tour with any bands, past or present, who would they be and why?

I would love to tour with Motley Crue to find out all about the 80's arena rock scene, and because they are rock 'n' roll legends. I would also have loved to tour with the Beatles back in the 60's to see where the modern touring rock band formula originated and to see them in their heyday. My dream for a long time has been to tour with Green Day. Billie Joe is one of my idols and it would be incredible even just to meet him and maybe jam around a bit.

5. Best food to eat on tour?

Not fast food; although it is true that it is quick and easy, you will regret it in every rest stop bathroom on the way to the venue! Most of us on the road eat Ramen noodles because they are also very inexpensive and filling. Stomachs can adapt and adjust, but the truth of the matter is that the healthier the food, the better the result. Walmart has great prices on reasonably healthy food and I have found in my years of touring that if I buy a bag of lettuce and some canned chicken, it is less expensive than burritos at any competitive chain.

6. Why should people listen to your band?

We practice what we preach and we are what we play. We want people to feel like they are a part of something big, that they can connect and truly relate to our songs. If you were to ask any one of our fans they will tell you that we make a point to meet every single person we play to, before a show, and we stay until the end of the night. This is more than just music, it is our life. We want to do something more than just play, we want to create a movement inspired by music and everyone who supports us can be a part of it!

7. If you could be any athlete, which athlete would you switch places with?

Michael Jordan back when he was in the NBA. I was a huge fan of his and he inspired me to be the best and reach for my dreams and I have always wanted to feel what it must have been like to be in his shoes.

8. If you won a Grammy, who would you thank?

I would thank the people who made me - first my parents, who have been so incredibly supportive, and then I would thank our producer John Ryan for being a mentor to me in the industry. I would also thank my guitar and voice coaches and my brothers Matt Whitaker and Ted Dubrawski. The list would obviously be longer, but there we are.

9. If you could change something about the music industry, what would it be?

I would bring back the days when record labels believed in start-up projects. It is a grueling industry and I have so many friends in bands who are always struggling. I would pay less attention to the established acts who don't need the help and focus on the truly dedicated artists who really deserve a shot at the big time. There is enough for everyone to share.

10. Memorable tour experience?

My most memorable tour experience was playing overseas a few years ago on New Year's Eve on an American Air Force base in Germany for our troops. They are amazing people and are truly dedicated to defending us. I am so glad we got a chance to go and entertain them a little.

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"ACIDIC - Copper Man"


Acidic - Copper Man



Acidic's "Copper Man" is a hard working act unlike any other out of sunny California. With that they worked long and hard on their upcoming release "Copper Man". This alternative indie rock act is one that has kept the groove going time and time again. The material is catchy and very upbeat with songs like, "Monster", "Forever More", "Looking Glass", and "Believe", that really captures the uniqueness that these guys have been ranting and raving about since forming a few years back. "Copper Man" is surly one of those releases from an act you will continue to hear about whether you have heard of them or not.
- NataliezWorld.com


"ACIDIC's Michael Gossard Rocks out Hard and Heavy!"


Acidic's Michael Gossard Rock's Out Hard and Heavy!



The hardest-working, hottest young rock band in Southern California ACIDIC is at it again! They're releasing their biggest, best, rockiest, rowdiest, and most critically-acclaimed album yet, "Copper Man". Frontman guitarist and lead vocals Michael Gossard spoke to us about this release, current touring schedule, and what they expect for this year alone.


1. What type of band are you?

Michael: We're a high energy rock band, straight out rock n' roll for us it's all about the stage and life just living in the moment.

2. Can I get a backstory on the band/ band biography?

Michael: I started the band in 2007, just wanting to play music. I put up flyers hearing a few responses from people, so we got some people together began playing some songs, did our first show, the rest is history and we're really happy with it.

3. How did you come up with the band's name?

Michael: That's a very interesting story we had gotten our name after playing our first show. We had thought the promoter would come up with the name so he had called us into the office and asked us what our band name was going to be, so I forgot what I was drinking at the time, but on the ingredients the name Acidic was there so it stuck.

4. What bands have influenced your band and its sound?

Michael: As terms as sound we sound a lot like Green Day, Jane's Addiction, Queens of the Stone Age, even some punk like The Ramones.

5. What lyrical theme do you guys use in your music? What message do you want to send?

Michael: Our lyrics is experiences we've dealt with and for us it's about us creating a future for ourselves. It's just all about self discovery for us really.

6. Why did you want to title the album Copper Man?

Michael: That's something that just happened, we were writing a song so after sometime we were fooling around with this idea and I ended up blurting it out so it all happened by accident.

7. Can you tell me about the single and video for the song Copper Man?

Michael: That's another thing that happened by accident so we went for the infomercial style of video, doing something that nobody else has done before. We went all out for it and it was a really good decision we had made.

8. How would you describe the overall sound of the new album?

Michael: It's BIG and nothing like we've done before. It was done all live tracking everything live so it has that big rock band sound with that real live energy.

9. What are your expectations for the CD?

Michael: That's something I'm not sure about, I would like to keep playing and selling as many as we can. We're already writing for the next album so we just want this one to be something we can be proud of so we're seeing a good reaction from it. Playing shows non-stop are going on right now too.

10. What can the fans expect to see from you in the future?

Michael: Just more touring, more writing, we're just about moving forward making things better for ourselves.

11. Anything else you'd like to say or add?

Michael: For anyone who wants to check us out go to our Facebook page, Twitter page, listen to us on the radio and come see us live at the shows, we're really proud to be a part of something so big.

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"Acidic to burn through new material at Machine Shop show"

Acidic to burn through new material at Machine Shop show
By Christina Fuoco Karasinski | Contributing Writer
on March 19, 2013 at 1:00 PM, updated March 19, 2013 at 1:01 PM

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FLINT, MI -- Having played The Machine Shop multiple times, Southern California rock band Acidic has seen it all at the enduring club that is celebrating its 11th anniversary this month.

"We've partied hard at The Machine Shop," said lead singer/guitarist Michael Gossard via telephone from Ann Arbor where the band was spending a rare off day recently.

"We've seen blood and guts and alcohol consumption. We've seen the crowd defend the fans. We've seen the crowd go crazy--good and bad. We love that place. Everything you need for a good evening is right around the corner. There's a pizza place a block away and there's a strip club 100 yards away. It's the perfect rock club. There's a Subway across the street. If you really get hungry late at night, you can go and bother them."

Acidic will return to the club to open for Oklahoma rockers Hinder, who, in 2012, released the confessional "Welcome to the Freakshow." Acidic itself is promoting its latest CD, "Copper Man," which hit stores March 19.

"It's truly a collaborative work," Gossard said. "It's exactly what we wanted an album to sound like by us. We saw in a room and wrote all the music. A little bit of it was written in time and the classic songwriting process--first draft, second draft."

Most of the tracks, however, were "jammed out" in a day, the perfect process for Acidic, whose title track receives a fair amount of airplay on Sirius XM's channel Octane.

"It was weird," he said. "It was the perfect thing. It was exactly what we wanted to happen. We wrote songs that we loved and we wrote them quickly then we went and recorded them.

"It captures the spirit of the song. We wanted to capture the energy of the music. We're not dub step. We don't need to sound perfect. We need to sound like a rock band."

The CD "Copper Man" was produced by multi-platinum award-winner John Ryan of Chicago Kid Productions (Styx, Santana, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Badfinger, Allman Brothers). Gossard called Ryan Acidic's "Gandalf," referring to the character in the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy.

"He brings out the natural essence in the band," Gossard said. "He wants us to sound like we're supposed to sound. That's like we do on stage. He helps capture the energy of our live performance in the recorded material."

That pleases Gossard.

"The thing is how am I not going to be happy?" he asked rhetorically. "It's how we sound live. I'm so happy with it. It's perfect."

Besides Hinder, Acidic has toured with such heavy hitters as Alien Ant Farm, Hawthorne Heights, Filter and Marcy Playground, and performed in Kosovo and Germany, rocking U.S. troops with Armed Forces Entertainment.

"We go wherever we can," Gossard said. "We knew getting into this that nobody buys their music anymore. Everybody finds a way to download it illegally. People sneak into the shows. It's not about the money anymore. It's about how good can we feel playing the music that we love."

Acidic--which also includes bassist Ted Dubrawski and drummer Matt Whitaker--has been recognized for its talent. The band won the alternative category for the 18th Billboard Worldwide Song Contest in 2011 for its power rocker "Strata Red." He hopes The Machine Shop fans eat up the Acidic's talent.

"I'll be doing everything I can to be as crazy as possible," Gossard said about The Machine Shop show.

Acidic opens for The Last Vegas and Hinder
7 p.m. Monday, March 25
The Machine Shop, 3539 S. Dort Highway, Flint
$25 in advance
810-715-2650 or etix.com
- Michigan Live


"Interview with Michael Gossard from ACIDIC (Uncensored)"

2/26/13 interview with Mike Gossard (vocals, guitar) from Acidic at Toad's Place. Opening for Hinder and Nonpoint. Link to interview via SoundCloud. - Supercharger WNHU


"Mike Gossard Of ACIDIC Talks Tommy Chong And Sticking To His Guns On "Copper Man""

Mike Gossard Of ACIDIC Talks Tommy Chong And Sticking To His Guns On "Copper Man"
By Joe Williams Thu., Jan. 17 2013 at 5:30 AM
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A lot went into writing your favorite song, but how much do you really know about it? This week lead vocalist and guitarist Mike Gossard of L.A. alt-rock band ACIDIC delves into Hugh Hefner, 7-11 and sticking to his guns.

Song: "Copper Man"

Album: Copper Man

Album Release Date: March 19th, 2013

When it was written: It was written in November 2012

Where it was written: "Copper Man" was written in Los Angeles in the depths of a dingy practice space in the heart of an industrial section of the city.

Favorite line in the song: "Don't forget the Phillies and Dutch."

Which part was the hardest to come up with: The vocal melody for the first verse.

If you could go back and change anything, what would it be: Not a single thing, it's a good song. It's the coup de grâce of our balls as musicians.

Odd fact about song: Our drummer, Matt Whitaker, came up with "Don't forget the Phillies and Dutch" after a trip to 7-11.

What was your inspiration for writing the song: Hugh Hefner and Tommy Chong.

When was your favorite time performing it live: We look forward to playing it in Seattle!

What is the meaning behind the song: The meaning behind the song is don't be drowned out by a world of political dissidence. Stick by your guns and don't let anyone tell you that you can't do anything. The song also represents the esssence of cohesion for our band. It's our coming of age. We're going with our gut and playing the music that we want to feel. We're play with our hearts and not out of our asses.

Check out the single before it's released March 13 - Seattleweekly.com


"ACIDIC to bring 'good old rock and roll' to Destin, Club LA"


ACIDIC to bring 'good old rock and roll' to Destin, Club LA
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Southern California's ACIDIC will invade Club LA tonight as part of their tour with Hinder. Lead singer Michael Gossard told The Log his band will "give it our all" on stage.
Special to The Log
By Matt Algarin
Published: Friday, March 15, 2013 at 15:55 PM.

If Michael Gossard can promise rock and roll fans one thing, it's that his band is going to give them its all — on and off stage.

"Oh, boy, it's crazy," said Gossard, singer and guitarist for Los Angeles, Ca.-based band, ACIDIC. "That's the only word I can use. It's like going to space and back... we give it our all."

ACIDIC will be taking the stage Saturday at Club LA, opening up the show for Hinder as part of their tour that has taken them all over the country. Gossard spoke to The Log about the upcoming show while en route to their next show in Baton Rouge, La., before invading Destin.

ACIDIC, which consists of Gossard, bassist Ted Dubrawski and drummer Matt Whitaker, has been playing shows and cutting their chops on the road for years, in true rock and roll fashion.

To check out ACIDIC's latest video "Copper Man," CLICK HERE.

"It's everything you would expect it to be," Gossard told The Log. "It's smelly, the showers are few and far between and we live on Taco Bell."

"We went a whole tour once eating only off of dollar menus," he added.

ACIDIC will release its fourth full-length album "Copper Man" March 19. The band has been touring heavily in support of the album and track "Copper Man," which has been in heavy rotation on SiriusXM's Octane.

As for how he describes ACIDIC, Gossard said it's "just good old rock and roll," with inspiration rooted in bands such as Green Day and Jane's Addiction. ACIDIC was formed by Gossard at the age of 14 when the Southern California native taught his two friends how to play the bass and drums.

With a chuckle in his voice, Gossard shared the story of how his band chose the name ACIDIC.

"It actually came out of a moment of panic," he said. "We had written a bunch of songs and wanted to play them at a club, and we had to put a name on the marquee. We saw the word acidic on the list of ingredients of whatever type of soda we were drinking at the time, and that was it."

Although Saturday's show at Club LA will be Gossard and his bandmates first time in Destin, they are no strangers to the Emerald Coast, having played at Capt'n Fun Downtown in Pensacola with Candlebox in 2007.

“We've been touring a lot in the Midwest, so we are looking forward to coming somewhere that we don't have to wear jackets all the time,” Gossard said.

Club LA is located at 34876 Emerald Coast Parkway, next to Hurricane Lanes, and can be reached at 850-654-5251. Tickets for tonight's show are $22.50 in advance or $25 at the door. For more information visit www.rockdestin.com.

As for the show itself, the band is ready to rock Destin.

"We are stoked," Gossard told The Log. "You can be a part of something special. We meet every single person that comes to our shows."
- The Destin Log


"Spotlight: ACIDIC"


Spotlight: ACIDIC
March 13, 2013 By Kate Drexel Leave a Comment

Spotlight on a small killer band from Southern California by the name of Acidic. They’ve toured with major bands such as Hinder, Trapt, and Hawthrone Heights. The band consist of Mike Gossard (lead vocals/guitar), Ted Dubrawski (bass), and Matt Whitaker (drums), with a special guest guitarist; in this case on the Hinder tour it was Josh Bennett. Their first record, Chronic Satisfaction, produced by John Ryan of Chicago Kid Productions, a platinum award-winner (produced Styx, Santana, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Badfinger, and the Allman Brothers. As of recently, the band signed with SONY/RED through a special arrangement with MegaForce Records. Acidic’s latest record, Copper Man, is expected to be released March 19, 2013. The leading single, “Copper Man”, was picked by Motley Crue’s Nikki Sixx on his nationally-syndicated radio, “Side Show” to kick off February. Upstate Metal’s staff, Kate Drexel, was lucky enough to do an interview with the band’s front man, Mike Gossard.

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UM: How did you come up with your band name?

MG: We went out to Joshua Tree for a weekend with a…you ever see that movie where Johnny Depp goes to Las Vegas and has a crazy weekend? Yeah, well it was kind of like that, and we came back and we didn’t know what the fuck had happened but saw that we had written on a little piece of paper the name “ACIDIC” and we were like, “what?” That must be the band name we decided…kinda catchy, y’know, unknown. There was a lot of ‘shrooms involved probably, we’re not really sure. But we had a good weekend; we know that, we came back safe.

UM: What’s your favorite song off of your record?

MG: Off our new record? Well, I’ll just do it from the new record, which is out March 19th; it’s going to be released by SONY/RED. My favorite song off that record is called “Copper Man” and I know we sound like total douchebags right now but we wrote it in jail. So yeah we got arrested the first day of our tour for Fuel, for being a “rock ‘n’ roll” band and I’m not going to go into any more detail than that. And we decided we were going to write a kickass song about being on the road. And so we wrote a song about the chronicles of this guy going across the country, getting into all sorts of shenanigans and partying with people and having a great time and everywhere he goes, he’s the life of the party…he’s the Copper Man. And he’s just all around the country, and when they let us out, we had a full song and we played it that night and it was pretty cool. We’ve never done anything like that since. We’ve only been arrested twice last year so it’s all-good.

UM: How did you become a part of the Hinder tour?

MG: Actually, our management is good friends with their management and they hooked us up and I have to say…Hinder, they are the nicest bunch of dudes on the face of the planet, I mean seriously, they have taken such good care of us. We are so grateful about that. So yeah, mutual friends.

UM: What’s the story behind “Satellite”?

MG: Okay, I went through a bunch of crazy stuff last year, right? And usually, it revolves around a girl and so I went through a bunch of stuff with a girl and I ended up getting sober and that was the first song I had written sober in years. I wrote it about always feeling like you can’t quite connect with somebody. I mean, everybody’s had that feeling where they’re just like, the one person they really want but can never say the right thing to or can’t connect with, it’s all about that. It’s the idea of being a satellite and they’re being a fucking planet.

UM: What does music mean to you?

MG: Everything. I try to think “Could I be a lawyer?” and then I realize, when I’m not on stage, I’m always listening to music, or when I’m watching a show, all I pay attention to is the music in the background. If you watch a TV show, there is never more than 30 seconds of that music, and if it’s done, it’s done on purpose to get attention…but it’s everything and it’s everywhere you go. You cannot escape from music. So it’s my life.

UM: What does your music reflect about you guys?

MG: Our general attitude and our transgressions on the road. Seriously, we write everything about experience, things that have happened to us…oh god, people we’ve known, people we’ve had drinks with, people we’ve had smokes with, people we’ve had sex with, y’know that’s the classic thing. It’s great, it’s honest…may not be very polite, but it’s honest. - Upstate Metal


"Interview with Mike Gossard of ACIDIC"

Interview with Mike Gossard of Acidic
– March 13, 2013

AcidicfeatureThe hardest-working, hottest young rock band in Southern California – Acidic. And that’s exactly what they are. This band knows no boundaries. The guys are currently on tour with Nonpoint and Hinder. ESE Rocks had the opportunity to see last week what they are all about. Erick Pagley of ESE Rocks says this …

“While at the Rodeo Music Hall in Austintown recently, I saw a newly signed, up and coming band that really impressed me. Full of energy, a little attitude, a tight sound, willing to talk to and and work the crowd. They are “Acidic”. It was my pleasure to meet, watch and talk to these guys while at this show on business. Definitely a newer alternative general rock sound with some edge to it. Worth giving a listen and checking out (www.acidicband.com)!”

ESE Rocks also had the opportunity to get an interview with lead vocalist, Mike Gossard, who gave some insight about the band and what’s going on next. Mike was very personable and fucking cool to talk with. The thing that I took away from this interview is the fact that Acidic cares more about their fans than you’ll ever know. They’ve poured their heart and soul into every song but they consistently give mad credit to their fans for if it wasn’t for you guys, they wouldn’t be here !

Check out the interview below !

Also Check out their music video “Copper Man”

You can check out Acidic via these social networks:

www.facebook.com/ACIDICband
www.twitter.com/ACIDICband
www.reverbnation.com/acidicband - Eserocks.com


"A Chat with ACIDIC's "Goss Boss""


A Chat with Acidic’s “Goss Boss”
by Ashley Winward | March 13, 2013
Entertainment, Music

Toad’s place was rocking this week as Hinder brought the freak show to New Haven. Just in the starting leg of their tour promoting their new album Welcome to the Freakshow, Hinder invited along metal/rock group Nonpoint as well as young rockers Acidic to support them as they covered the U.S.

PHOTO PROVIDED BY Acidic’s Facebook page

I got a chance to catch up with Acidic’s lead singer Michael “Goss Boss” Gossard before the show for an interview.

Gossard said got the nickname “Goss Boss” back in high school. “I went to an all-boys high school and the guys were giving everyone nicknames, all they could come up for me was Goss Boss because of my last name. The fans love it though! It just kind of stuck,” Gossard said.

Before I even sat down with Gossard, I ran into him outside greeting every single person on line, joking about his cold hands and how it would be a bad night to be a proctologist. “When I went to shows I always loved talking to the openers when they shared their music outside the venues. I love getting out there and talking to the fans,” he said. Even as we spoke, he was stopping to give hugs to anyone and everyone who came by. He’s so grateful of the lifestyle he’s living and I absolutely loved seeing that.

Acidic has seen a lot of hype in the past few weeks, they recently got signed to SONY/RED through Megaforce Record, and Nikki Sixx chose their new single “Copper Man” to be one of his Sixx Picks. “The night we found out about it we went horse, man,” Gossard said. “I mean to have someone of that caliber, that we put on a pedestal, say such great things about our music is unreal.”

Copper Man has seen rave reviews both online and in the audience; it probably got one of the best responses out of the whole set. Acidic has set their album release for March 19, and they say it is going to be different from the rest.

“Copper Man sounds like Green Day and Jane’s Addiction had a baby…and Of Monsters and Men was the milkman!” said Gossard. I don’t think there’s any way to go wrong with that kind of formula!

Gossard also talked about touring with Hinder. “They have taken such great care of us,” he said. “If we’re ever in their position we’d take care of them just the same. They make sure we’re well fed and comfortable and we’re so thankful for that.”

One fun fact I couldn’t help but bring up was that bass player Ted “The Blur” Dubrawski recently made a cameo performance on the Glee episode “Naked,” where he played in a shirtless backup band with some rather portly gentlemen. “I would totally be on national television,” Gossard said, “but until we hit it big I think they would decline my offer.”

We also bonded over our love of cooking and how he loves making dishes out of whatever he can find. When asked to impart some wisdom on the UNH music community he simply said, “If you keep your music to yourself, that’s how it’s going to stay. Oh, and stay in school because I didn’t and some days I think I should have.”

Watching Gossard on stage, I couldn’t help but think of a young Billie Joe Armstrong with a voice like Andrew Volpe of Ludo. He had a whole lot of stage presence. He even ran through the crowd dancing and singing while they covered The Beatles’ “Come Together.” One thing I really loved was that he called out two girls in front of me that were having no fun and practically sleeping at the barricade. That really took guts, and I was happy to see him trying to get the crowd going because they deserved it.

Nonpoint and Hinder put on equally amazing shows, too. Singer Elias Soriano and the guys of Nonpoint had the whole place up off their feet after telling everyone to “take the guy next to you by the collar of his Justin Beiber T-Shirt if they’re not jumping to the next song.”

Hinder really brought a great set, showcasing their newest album “Welcome to the Freakshow,” while sprinkling in their older hits. Singer Austin Winkler really wooed the ladies with his suave dance moves and seductive eyes during “Ladies Come First.”

I didn’t know what to expect from the band I hadn’t listened to since middle school, but they really rejuvenated my fan status.

Overall, this show was full of surprises. Gossard and the rest of Acidic are amazing, laid back guys (who give pretty awesome hugs if I do say so myself), and I am confident we will see them headlining tours soon. They have a classic sound with a fresh face in the industry that will get them far. The year 2013 has big plans for Acidic, and I can’t wait to see how it unfolds.
- The Charger Bulletin


"ACIDIC’s Michael Gossard: I Am the Copper Man"

ACIDIC’s Michael Gossard: I Am the Copper Man
Salome Felise Block
Staff Writer
The Lucky Mule in Abilene Texas is a place whose goal is to throw the “wildest, craziest, and best party in town every single night,” says Michael Gossard, the lead singer from the band ACIDIC, a rock and roll group that has performed at the Lucky Mule in Abilene before. “It stands up to its name!” He says, “It was just a crazy party! It’s exactly what I would imagine a perfect rock show being.” Although ACIDIC did not make their January 15th appearance at the Lucky Mule-because of the lead singer from their accompanying band, Trapt, having vocal problems-they will be releasing the music video for their new single
“Copper Man” on YouTube February 19th. This single is a prelude to their upcoming album release also titled “Copper Man” which will be available on March 19th.
Of ACIDIC’s upcoming music video “Copper Man” Gossard says, “I have not seen the concept of the video, but the concept we used I have not seen it done by other bands before. And you know in all other music videos it’s like; band performing in a warehouse, band driving in car, band being abused by girl. We’ve never seen infomercial done, we totally mocked an infomercial and you know what? I am so proud of it! It’s going to be really cool and you know the three pillars of the band are featured in it: Michael Gossard (lead singer), Matthew Whitaker (drummer) and Ted Dubrawski (bassist).” Copper Man was a collaborative effort on the part of ACID- IC, as Gossard describes it: “We all got together in a room this time and we decided that we were all going to start work together and really make it collaborative. We were going to put all of our juices together and see what we could do.” This turned out to be a great asset to ACIDIC because through this collaborative effort the band produced an ingenious idea for their upcoming album title. “It came out as we were practicing so I was just throwing ideas around and our drummer Matt thought that I was saying ‘I am the Copper Man’ and I was not, I was saying something like ‘recover me’ or something, but because it was all mumbled it sounded like ‘Copper Man’ and I totally just took that idea and I was like ‘Dude that’s tight, we’re totally gonna call our album that now.’”

The sound that ACIDIC achieves in “Copper Man” is their ideal sound and entirely new to the world of rock and roll. “It’s like exactly the sound we wanted to be like.” Gossard says “It’s like perfectly a mix between Jane’s Addiction and Green Day and it took a long time to get this sound; I mean a lot of hard work and a lot of waiting on things and a lot of not sounding the way we wanted to. But eventually we got it all together and it’s just so simple that it’s ridiculous. It’s just our basic rock and roll and everybody started digging it and so we just kept on doing it and this is a kind of culmination of our most recent efforts.” These efforts are sure to be rewarded in “Copper Man” where ACIDIC claims to be at their best. This is the ACIDIC that both the band and fans have been waiting for!

Anyone who missed ACIDIC in Abilene will have plenty of opportunities to hear the band in the upcoming months. The release of this monumental infomercial music video “Copper Man” over Youtube February 19th is not an event to be missed in the world of rock and roll nor the album “Copper Man” to follow on March 19th! Before the release of these confounding musical works, however, Gossard is quick to thank ACIDIC’s supporters “We would not be anywhere without people supporting us, for real they are the grout in our tile and the concrete on our floor like they hold us up and they hold us together. They’ve been with us through tough times as well as the best of times so we give them a big ‘Thank you’ especially our manager, Mary Lyon.” If you would like to know more about ACIDIC you can visit them on Youtube this February 19th or Twitter and Facebook at: Facebook.com/ACIDICband .

War Hawk Herald – AROUND ABILENE
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2013, Page 3
- War Hawk Herald


"Toad’s Place Welcomes the Freakshow with Hinder and Nonpoint (with ACIDIC!)"

Toad’s Place Welcomes the Freakshow with Hinder and Nonpoint

February 27th, 2013

By: Nicole McKay

New Haven’s Toads Place was packed to capacity last night in anticipation of Nonpoint’s long awaited return to Connecticut along with Hinder, on the road in support of their latest release “Welcome to the Freakshow”. The show featured recently signed opening act Acidic.
Though most had never heard of the Southern California rockers, Acidic had the crowd hooked in minutes. Vocalist and lead guitarist Michael Gossard sounded like a heavier, grittier Billie Joe Armstrong as the band ran through tracks from their debut label release “Copper Man”. The energy of bassist Ted Dubrawski was contagious, and the beats from drummer Matt Whitaker had Toad’s Place shaking as fans jumped along. The highlight of the set came when Gossard told fans they liked to play a different cover song each night. They ignored the cliché requests for “Freebird” and broke into an awesome rendition of The Beatles “Come Together”. Throughout the song Gossard made his way through the crowd as we took part in a rocking Beatles sing along.
After an awesome set from Acidic the crowd was warmed up—perhaps too much—for metal giants Nonpoint to take the stage. The bands set included a number of songs from their October self-titled release, including their latest single “Left For You” which singer Elias Soriano said was an apparent fan favorite. His claim became evident when Toads Place erupted into a frenzy of head banging and flailing arms. The set also included one of the heaviest, and quite possibly best covers of Phil Collin’s “In the Air Tonight”, a cover from 2004’s “Recoil”. The melodic vocals from Soriano grew more intense as the drums picked up, causing the place to go crazy when the full band kicked in at the second chorus. Their set closed out with “Bullet With a Name”. By the end of the song fans throats were raw from screaming along and ready for a much-needed rest before Hinder would take the stage.
An appearance from Hinder in such an intimate venue was an awesome treat for Connecticut fans that saw the band rock the massive Oakdale Theater at WCCC’s Christmas Chaos back in December. They opened up the set with “Up All Night”, wide grins across all of the member’s faces as they fed off of the crowd’s energy. The rock continued with an endless stream of hits including “All American Nightmare” and “Save Me”. The band slowed things down a bit as singer Austin Winkler sat down with drummer Cody Hanson on guitar to perform to acoustic tracks, including the upcoming single from “Welcome to the Freakshow”, “Get Me Away From You”. The audience received the light sound with huge applause and deafening screams, happy to hear the lighter side to Winkler’s soulful voice. Things picked back up again as the set came to a close with a two song encore. “How Long” got us amped up for the fan favorite “Get Stoned” as each and every single person sang along with the rock anthem. Lead guitarist Blower blew fans away (pun intended) with his intricate guitar work as he casually strolled around the stage with an unwavering smile across his face. The entire band was in sync and seemed to love every second of the show. The lights went down late on the Tuesday night to a room of very content rockers and metalheads.

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More photos from the show coming soon.
- Mosh Pit Report


"ACIDIC Hits the Road Again on Hinder's North American Tour"

ACIDIC Hits The Road Again On Hinder’s North American Tour Launching February 21 In Council Bluffs, Iowa, Highlight Hollywood News
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A rep for the Southern California based alternative rock band ACIDIC confirmed to Highlight Hollywood that the guys will join Hinder on their North American tour kicking off February 21st in Council Bluffs, Iowa and winding up March 24th in Sault Sainte Marie, Michigan. Tickets and concert info are available at http://acidicband.com/

ACIDIC, which consists of lead singer and guitarist Michael Gossard, bassist Ted Dubrawski and drummer Matt Whitaker, will release their fourth full-length, 10-track album Copper Man out March 19th with their single of the same name available February 19th. The band once again teamed up with producer John Ryan of Chicago Kid Productions (Ryan has worked with Santana, Lynrd Skynrd and Styx among others). “This album is the album we’ve been wishing and praying for. We love playing these songs. This was a pure collaboration of the whole band, a labor of love between three friends. It’s organic, carnivorous rock n’ roll,” says frontman Gossard. In describing their sound, Gossard calls it “a high-powered fusion of insanity-based rock,” adding “I find that much of our music is inspired by grunge band like Pearl Jam as well Green Day, Cage the Elephant and Foo Fighters. I also find inspiration from artists like Mozart for structure and harmonies.”

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Their last album, “Chronic Satisfaction” garnered critical praise. PureGrainAudio said the single “Uninspired” is “a well-written and well performed ode to nostalgia with a chorus that will keep you humming all day long.” ArtistsOnDemand said “‘Chronic Satisfaction’ is jammed packed with tunes that are sure to make any fan, or new listener want more.” And Alternative Press said that ACIDIC “rocks like Funeral Party, Cage the Elephant, Young the Giant.”


In the past two years ACIDIC has toured with Candlebox, Fuel, Warner Drive, Alien Ant Farm, Marcy Playground, Filter, Hawthorne Heights, The Higher, and Trapt. In 2011, the band visited Germany and Kosovo as part of an Armed Forces Entertainment tour, an experience that inspired Gossard to write “The Brave.” “I would be approached by all these soldiers and they’d tell me stories,” Gossard said. “I’d listen and decided I needed to write about it.”


When they’re not touring, ACIDIC regularly plays around Southern California recently playing to a sold out house at the legendary Troubadour.


The dates for the tour are as follows:


DATE CITY/STATE VENUE


Thursday, Feb 21 Council Bluffs, IA Horseshoe Council Bluffs-


Whiskey Roadhouse




Saturday, Feb 23 Niagara Falls, NY Rapids Theatre




Sunday, Feb 24 Pittsburgh, PA Altar Bar




Tuesday, Feb 26 New Haven, CT Toad’s Place




Wednesday, Feb 27 Salisbury, MA Blue Ocean Hall




Friday, Mar 1 Providence, RI Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel




Saturday, Mar 2 Portland, ME Asylum




Sunday, Mar 3 Patchogue, NY The Emporium





Tuesday, Mar 5 Dayton, OH McGuffy’s House of Rock




Thursday, Mar 7 Youngstown, OH Wedgewood Entertainment


Center




Friday, Mar 8 Bethlehem, PA Sands Bethlehem Event


Center




Saturday, Mar 9 Syracuse, NY Westscott Theatre




Tuesday, Mar 12 Charlotte, NC Amos’ Southend




Wednesday, Mar 13 Greenville, SC The Handlebar





Friday, Mar 15 Baton Rouge, LA Varsity Theatre




Saturday, Mar 16 Destin, FL Club L.A.




Sunday, Mar 17 Atlanta, GA The Masquerade




Tuesday, Mar 19th Monr - Highlight Hollywood News


"California band electrifies crowd in downtown Little Rock"

California band electrifies crowd in downtown Little Rock
Submitted by Jacob Ellerbee on February 3, 2013 – 12:25 amOne Comment

Acidic is comprised of Matt Whitaker, Ted Dubrawski, Michael Gossard. They are a young rock n' roll band currently touring the United States with Trapt. Acidic will release their newest album, "Copper Man" on March 19.

“You know those V8 Fusion drinks? We’re like a V8 Fusion of Green Day and Jane’s Addiction, mixed with some carrot juice.”

That’s what Michael Gossard, lead vocalist and guitarist of the Los Angeles-based band Acidic, said when his band stopped at Little Rock’s Revolution Music Room Jan. 30.

On this leg of the United States tour, they are opening for Trapt, a band best recognized for their 2002 mega-hit, “Headstrong.”

Acidic, whose members include Gossard, Matt Whitaker (drums) and Ted Dubrawski (bass), is touring in anticipation of their latest album, “Copper Man,” which will be released March 19, through MegaForce Records.

The band has played on three occasions at South by Southwest (SXSW), an annual media event held in Austin, Texas. They’ve also toured with acts like Fuel and Marcy Playground and recorded with renowned producer John Ryan, who boasts a resume that includes albums by Styx, Lynyrd Skynyrd and the Allman Brothers.

But if you’ve never heard of Acidic, you need not worry. Gossard provided an analogy to describe the band’s unique sound.

The band, in addition to an extra touring guitarist, took to the stage with minor technical difficulties, which caused the output volume of instruments to stay at a level unsatisfactory for Gossard — a problem that was seen earlier in the night with the opening band. But he rolled with the inconvenience and used improvisational skills to keep the crowd’s attention focused elsewhere, later signaling for higher volume from assorted staff.

While the band primarily performed songs from their own catalog, they managed to integrate a unique cover of The Beatles’ “Come Together,” which was given an updated feel while leaving original arrangements intact. Gossard, who rid himself of his instrument early on, took the wireless microphone around the venue, serenading fans and climbing to the second-story VIP area to round out the classic song.

Shortly before the show, Mötley Crüe bassist Nikki Sixx tweeted that he was “digging” Acidic’s new single. He later made it the weekly “Sixx Pick of the Week” on his nationally-syndicated radio show, “Sixx Sense with Nikki Sixx.” On his program, Sixx told listeners, “As soon as I heard this, I loved it. It reminded me of classic, old Jane’s Addiction.”

When the band saw Sixx’s shout-out on Twitter, they were ecstatic.

“The first bass I ever bought was the Nikki Sixx signature bass,” Dubrawski said. “So now my goal is to meet him and have him sign it.”

“Copper Man,” the album’s title track, is the single in question. Gossard said the name came about serendipitously.

“I was singing lyrics to the song, we had like those joke lyrics going on, and Matt thought I was saying ‘copper man’ and I was saying ‘recover me.’”

But as the conversation shifted back to touring, Gossard went in-depth about many of the bands Acidic has toured with and how different relationships have played an integral role in the material. He admitted that touring with Candlebox heavily influenced the recording of their new album.

“So we’re in the studio,” Gossard said, “I called up my buddy Kevin Martin [vocalist, Candlebox], I was like, ‘I need some help here bro, I need you to help sing this with me.’” To which he said Martin replied “I’ll be in the studio at 10 a.m. tomorrow!”

Gossard explained he did not expect Martin to be so willing to help him out, considering the gap in popularity between the two bands.

“With Candlebox, it’s just another level because they were like multi-multi-multi-platinum and out of the grunge era, so they would have thousands of people come see them [on this tour],” Gossard said.

Little Rock fans won’t have to wait long to hear another live performance. Acidic are scheduled to be back in the area on the next leg of their tour, when they open for Hinder on March 22 at Juanita’s.

- The Forum, UALR


"ACIDIC Joins Hinder on North American Tour"


Thursday, Feb, 14, 2013; 2:35 PM; - by Music News Desk

ACIDIC Joins Hinder on North American Tour

Southern California based alternative rock band ACIDIC will join Hinder on their North American tour kicking off February 21st in Council Bluffs, Iowa and winding up March 24th in Sault Sainte Marie, Michigan. Tickets and concert info are available at http://acidicband.com/

ACIDIC, which consists of lead singer and guitarist Michael Gossard, bassist Ted Dubrawski and drummer Matt Whitaker, will release their fourth full-length, 10-track album Copper Man out March 19th with their single of the same name available February 19th. The band once again teamed up with producer John Ryan of Chicago Kid Productions (Ryan has worked with Santana, Lynrd Skynrd and Styx among others). "This album is the album we've been wishing and praying for. We love playing these songs. This was a pure collaboration of the whole band, a labor of love between three friends. It's organic, carnivorous rock n' roll," says frontman Gossard. In describing their sound, Gossard calls it "a high-powered fusion of insanity-based rock," adding "I find that much of our music is inspired by grunge band like Pearl Jam as well Green Day, Cage The Elephant and Foo Fighters. I also find inspiration from artists like Mozart for structure and harmonies."

Their last album, "Chronic Satisfaction" garnered critical praise. PureGrainAudio said the single "Uninspired" is "a well-written and well performed ode to nostalgia with a chorus that will keep you humming all day long." ArtistsOnDemand said "'Chronic Satisfaction' is jammed packed with tunes that are sure to make any fan, or new listener want more." And Alternative Press said that ACIDIC "rocks like Funeral Party, Cage the Elephant, Young the Giant."

In the past two years ACIDIC has toured with Candlebox, Fuel, Warner Drive, Alien Ant Farm, Marcy Playground, Filter, Hawthorne Heights, The Higher, and Trapt. In 2011, the band visited Germany and Kosovo as part of an Armed Forces Entertainment tour, an experience that inspired Gossard to write "The Brave." "I would be approached by all these soldiers and they'd tell me stories," Gossard said. "I'd listen and decided I needed to write about it."


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"ACIDIC - Live Review"

Acidic
Photos by Nicolas Bates
Written by Dan Sinclair

Attention ladies and gentlemen: tonight’s performance by Acidic will not be your typical rock show. That’s right, folks, it’s apparently friends and family night here at the Troubadour. There are teenage girls taking pictures of themselves in front of the stage and holding homemade signs requesting their favorite songs like they’re at a Justin Beiber concert. There are couples in their fifties and sixties dressed to the nine standing in front of pierced, tattered and tattooed punk rock kids. Someone’s grandma is drinking beer out of a plastic cup. There is no standard age, style or dress code here tonight in West Hollywood, and yet no one seems to feel even a bit out of place (save the writer).

Acidic takes the stage to loud cheers from the younger crowd and some light golf claps from their elders. Did no one tell mom how to behave at a rock show? Frontman Michael Gossard stands center stage, holding a guitar and sporting what I can only assume is his signature look of a dark button-down shirt (based on the few pictures I’ve seen of him prior to the show). To his left is the long-haired bass player Ted Dubrawski, and to his right, the shaved head of Michael Thompson on the other guitar. Drummer Matt Whitaker sits behind them.

Fresh off a tour opening for Candlebox, Acidic is very happy to be back here in their hometown of Los Angeles, according to Gossard. After announcing this bit of news, his confidence seems to grow somewhere right in the middle of “not a shy guy” and “cocky.” I’m not sure if it’s because he saw me writing or because all the teenage girls are snapping his picture for which he’s only more than willing to strike a pose, but he seems to feel very proud to be the man center stage.

Acidic starts off the night by playing three new songs — “Only One,” “Scrambled Eggs” and “Pirate Eyes” — all of which will be on their upcoming album. The album will be their third after their previous indie releases, Iconic Dreams (2007) and Getting Lucky (2010). Acidic’s sound is a nice, clean mix of poppy punk and old school rock with some pretty heavy riffs. Though the sound for the most part comes off as very radio-friendly at times, these guys aren’t afraid to rock out. Gossard can really wail with his vocals at times and the band is full of energy. They move all over the stage, enjoying every minute of every song they play.

“Retrograde” seems to get the teenage girls all excited. I hear some screams and the signs go up again.

The moms and dads bop their heads and sing along. Three annoying weird kids try to start a mosh pit, but it’s rather pathetic. They push each other around pretty hard and knock over others that don’t even know what a mosh pit is. I see one of the Moms run. Two of the guys seem to realize how sad they look and relinquish their slam dancing dreams quite easy. The most annoying of the three does not get the message and continues to try and push people for the next three songs before someone knocks him down and he finally gives up.

At one point Gossard leaves the stage and wanders around the crowd. He lets some of his friends sing into his microphone and then he high fives or chest bumps some others. Here’s the perfect chance for annoying kid to have someone to mosh with…but no. He seems too scared and cowers back when Gossard comes near.

Acidic does a pretty heavy version of the Beatles’ “Come Together,” and they have a song supporting the troops called “The Brave,” which they played after another crowd favorite, “Uninspired.”

The final song of the night was “Strata Red,” and it couldn’t have come at a better time since it looked like much of the older folks in the crowd were ready for bed. Gossard travels the crowd again for the final song and Thompson holds his guitar into the audience for all to play. It was a short set due to the plethora of other bands Acidic had play with them, but they gave every song their all and all the fans loved it, from mom and dad to bro and sis to annoying mosh kid.

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"ACIDIC Rocks The Troubadour"

ACIDIC Rocks The Troubadour

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Los Angeles' homegrown alt band, ACIDIC, played to a packed house at the legendary Troubadour in West Hollywood on July 12th. The band, fresh off their 3 month national tour, performed selections from their album "Chronic Satisfaction" as well as three new songs from the upcoming album which is being recorded this August. Producer John Ryan, who has worked with such bands as The Foo Fighters, Santana, Lynrd Skynrd and Styx, worked on "Chronic Satisfaction" and will be on board for the new album. Other bands on who performed that night included That Noise, thatwasthen, Albert Garrett and the Bad Romantics and Plastic Revolution.

“We're a little reminiscent of 90’s rock, modern rock, classic rock - we like to think we’re every man’s band,” said lead vocalist and guitarist Michael Gossard.

ACIDIC consists of Gossard and band mates Michael Thompson (guitarist) , Ted Dubrawski (bassist) and Matt Whitaker (drummer,)
- Buzzfeed.com


"The Secretary of Rock n Roll"


The Secretary of Rock n’ Roll
carter.lowe @ 29.07.2012 Concerts 0 comments
The Secretary of Rock n’ Roll

Michael Gossard of the band Acidic is the ambassador of L.A. rock n’ roll. He embodies a persona that is infectious to all he meets. Gossard doesn’t brood or complain about the state of rock music. Rather, he waves the flag and revels with music fans about the greatness of the music scene in Los Angeles. You’d think that perhaps this is his political agenda to induce fans to align to his campaign.

Nothing is further from the truth. What you see is a young man who has the passion to win the rock vote. His scopes of interests are diverse and when speaking to him you realize he’s a kindred soul. Nothing gets past him and every word during our interview was well chosen. Unlike most rock musicians he doesn’t have an unkind word about other bands. This is not because he wants political favor it’s; because he really cares. Gossard’s affability is sincere and comes from the heart. He wore a John Lennon t-shirt that had Lennon looking like Ace Frehley of KISS with make-up.

He grew up in Los Angeles and with some high school friends he started the band Acidic; which was chosen because he saw the word on the back of a soda can! They rehearsed till their hands bled and wouldn’t succumb to fatigue. Always striving to raise the rock n’ roll bar higher. Gossard, with maturity, will push his band to fulfill his rock acumen. In fact, I predict he would become a great producer with his didactic style.

Well-known L.A. producer, John Ryan recorded the album all in one take so that the live energy would transfer to their third album titled “Chronic Satisfaction”. The track “Uninspired” is the first single from the album. In spite of being deliberately commercial it’s a great song with an unforgettable hook. It’s a great “radio” record and deserves rock/alternative airplay.

Their performance was at a small club in L.A. called Amplfy. It was filled with their fans, which included many other local bands. You’d miss the club if you didn’t know it was in back of Astro Burger, a greasy spoon that serves the best onion rings in town. Nonetheless, their performance was oozing with energy. Many times throughout the show Goddard would jump into the crowd and put the microphone up to a perfect stranger to aid him while singing.

Once again this is his tactic to create a bond with fans. The club’s sound system didn’t give Acidic the best opportunity to sound their best. They’ve played throughout the L.A. club circuit so they have perfect control of what sounds best for them. Their song set was harder than I would’ve expected. At times I was reminded of early Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath. Along with the track “Uninspired” they performed a cover of The Beatles “Come Together”, which provided a unification of classic rock and modern music fans. Their version had an infusion of Acidic’s own style yet its tempo was somewhat similar to Aerosmith’s version. Once again, Gossard would jump into the audience to assist him in singing the chorus.

Before I meet with an artist I read other reviewer’s pieces. Rarely do I find writer’s view of a band like mine. Acidic is a rock band foremost and they don’t succumb to pandering with the audience. They deliver a good show that doesn’t need to pay political favorites. - Rock Bands of L.A.


"California rock band Acidic to perform at Westcott Theater"

California rock band Acidic to perform at Westcott Theater

James Barcomb, Arts & Leisure Editor
May 10, 2012
Filed under Arts & Leisure, Top Stories

This Thursday, May 10 at the Westcott Theater, Southern California rock band Acidic will be appearing with Seattle-based grunge band Candlebox as part of an East Coast tour.

“We’ve never played in Syracuse before,” lead singer and guitarist Michael Gossard said. “In fact, we haven’t played outside of NYC before this tour. So I’m really looking forward to it.”

According to Gossard, Acidic was formed a few years ago under unusual circumstances.

“It was very sporadic,” Gossard said. “[Drummer] Matt Whitaker, [bassist] Ted Dubrawski and I played in high school together and we wanted to keep going, explore our horizons. We found [guitarist] Michael Thompson through Craigslist. After we played a show, he made a post telling us, ‘that was f—ing awesome!’ We asked him, ‘you want to play?’ And the rest is history.”

Although three of the four band members played together in high school, Gossard noted each one of them has his own musical influences.

“I listen to everybody from the Beatles to the Foo Fighters to Mötley Crüe,” he said. “Ted grew up listening to surf rock while Matt listened to emo and alternative music. Apparently, Mike [Thompson] only listened to Nine Inch Nails. So we all kinda meshed together and created this unique sound that’s unlike anything we’ve ever heard.”

The band has released three albums to date, the latest of which, “Chronic Satisfaction,” was produced by John Ryan (who has worked with artists like Santana, Styx and Lynyrd Skynyrd).

“John Ryan was an incredible mentor,” Gossard explained. “He said we had something nobody else had and wanted to produce our next album. When we met up with him, he said we needed to capture the band’s pure energy. We ended up recording the entire album live. There’s much more energy to it. I’m very proud of it.”

In addition to their current tour, Acidic has traveled across the country with bands like Warner Drive, Marcy Playground, Filter, Hawthorne Heights and Alien Ant Farm.

“Opening for Alien Ant Farm was interesting,” Gossard said. “They’re rock ‘n’ roll stars, but they’re also nice guys. We’ve even managed to maintain a relationship with their drummer. It’s just been a blessing to work with bigger bands and to learn from the best.”

Acidic’s future consists of more tours and a fourth album, but Gossard acknowledged another potential project.

“I think it’d be great to start a studio,” he said. “It’s something I really want to do.”

Unlike other bands, Gossard pointed out that Acidic interacts with their audiences quite a bit.

“We’re very approachable,” Gossard said. “We usually hand out flyers and we try to meet every person we play to.

“If you want complete passion, come to our show,” he added.

Acidic will be at the Westcott Theater (524 Westcott Street, Syracuse) with Candlebox on Thursday, May 10 at 7 p.m. For more information, check out their Twitter, Facebook, MySpace and YouTube pages or visit acidicband.com.
- The Dolphin, Le Moyne College, Syracuse NY


"Brentwood Musician Tours With Candlebox"

Brentwood Musician Tours With Candlebox

Brentwood resident Michael Gossard was groomed for music from a young age. Patch asks him about his background in music and what it was like growing up in Brentwood.

By Jared Morgan
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April 17, 2012

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For 20-year-old musician and Brentwood resident Michael Gossard, being away from home is hard. He spends eight months a year on the road touring with his band, ACIDIC, he said. The group is currently on a cross-country tour with Candlebox. Patch caught up with Gossard between gigs.

Patch: What's it like living in Brentwood?

Gossard: I have always lived in Brentwood. I grew up there and it is where I call home. I love the greenery, the trees, the escape from the city while still being so close to the major urban centers. It has always been peaceful, I never had to worry as a child about being in danger. I was able to explore and be at peace.

What are some of your favorite places in Brentwood?

I frequent the local village off of Barrington. I love the food selection there. It is surprisingly diverse.

What schools did you go to?

My very first school ever was Brentwood Presbyterian Pre-School on San Vicente but I was so young I don't remember much about it except for this nice teacher named Miss Gerre. I went to St. Martin of Tours Elementary on Saltair and Sunset and that is where many of my first memories took place. I received a top-notch early education from that fine institution and then I transferred to Crespi Carmelite High School in Encino where I finished my education. And I spent part of one summer at Idyllwild School of Music and the Arts in the music theater program.

Tell me about your music background and how you got into performing.

I started playing guitar and singing when I was a little kid. From the time I could talk I was playing guitar and singing. I started doing musical theater when I was young and toured in my first rock band when I was 13. That was when I decided that music was for me.

What kind of music, what bands did you listen to growing up?

I grew up listening to the Beatles and the Rolling Stones. They were my first influences in rock 'n' roll. From there I moved on to Green Day and the Red Hot Chili Peppers and My Chemical Romance. It moved progressively from that point on. I was always drawn to rock music.

If I were to snag your iPod right now and thumb through it, what songs would you have on it?

You would find "Let It Be," "American Idiot," "Peace Frog" and "Light My Fire." These are a few of my absolute favorites.

You're going on tour with Candlebox, are you a fan? Don't lie. I won't tell them.

I am a big fan of Candlebox. I listen to everything from "Far Behind" to "Cover Me" and I am decidedly drawn to their music. I have been since I was a child.
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"ACIDIC: Owing It All To Their Fans"

Acidic: Owing It All To Their Fans
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The alternative rock band formed Acidic formed in Los Angeles in 2008. The band first toured in 2009 gaining a positive reception at venues such as The House of Blues and the Whisky a Go-Go. The band’s second CD release, Getting Lucky, expanded Acidic’s popularity with the song, “Strata Red,”—a good old-fashioned rock song, about fast cars, women, alcohol—which won first place in Billboard’s alternative song contest in 2011. In the three years since its formation, the band has played across the country, including last year’s Sunset Strip Music Festival and their songs are currently featured on several radio stations nationwide.

Acidic’s latest album, Chronic Satisfaction, was produced by John Ryan (Styx, Santana, Lynyrd Skynyrd) of Chicago Kid Productions, and has received a broad reception with its hit song, “Uninspired.” Michael Gossard, the band’s lead vocalist and guitarist, spoke on working with Ryan: “He’s not just a music producer. He produces a project. He’s an integral part of every single operation.”

Gossard first created the band at age 13, when he posted fliers around Los Angeles high schools in search of musicians. His first response was from Matt Whitaker, soon to be the band’s drummer. Bassist Ted Dubrawski, a longtime friend of Gossard, joined along just after leaving a metal band, and Mike Thompson (guitar and backing vocals) got involved after he saw an Acidic show and posted his interest on the Craiglist “missed connections” page. Of the formation Gossard said, “The band fell together in a way that felt like destiny. It was indescribable, the kind of bond we formed.”

Since their inception, Acidic has played hundreds of shows nonstop across the U.S. but typically the band plays at smaller venues and underground shows. Gossard mentioned the unique, high-energy vibe at venues like Amplyfi in Los Angeles that pack in roughly 100 people. “There’s no front door. It’s literally underground. It’s the coolest atmosphere ever,” Gossard said of Amplyfi.

The band packs the house with fans jumping on their feet to Acidic’s edgy, blood-pumping music. Gossard said, “When you get on stage in front of 500 people, and there’s 50 people singing the song back to you—that is ridiculous. There’s no way to describe iT.”

While satisfying a crowd is a thrill for the four band members, they have also taken their efforts in a philanthropic direction. During the holiday season last December, Acidic went on tour overseas to perform at NATO air bases in Germany for U.S. armed forces. Gossard wrote the lyrics to the song “The Brave” as he watched wounded soldiers step off the bus onto U.S. soil, returning from either Afghanistan or Iraq. “There are no people like our United States Marines, and our United States service members. They are the most gracious people, the bravest people, and they’re willing to put everything on the line, just for you and me,” Gossard said.

Additionally, in 2008 and 2009, the band contributed funds to the East Valley Animal Shelter in LA after severe wildfires left hundreds of animals displaced and abandoned. “We’re always looking to take on a good cause,” Gossard said.

In the meantime, Acidic is working on releasing an upcoming album by the end of this year. An overflow of creative inspiration is never in shortage for the band–they’ve already written 61 songs for a 12-track album. Choosing from the options can only mean Acidic will be well on the way to producing another successful album.

Gossard made sure to mention the band’s devoted fans. “I have nothing but thanks for them,” he said. “We owe these people everything – we owe these people our lives.”

For more info check out www.acidicband.com

Article by Jennifer Pellerito - Music Scene Magazine


"ACIDIC: Owing It All To Their Fans"

Acidic: Owing It All To Their Fans
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The alternative rock band formed Acidic formed in Los Angeles in 2008. The band first toured in 2009 gaining a positive reception at venues such as The House of Blues and the Whisky a Go-Go. The band’s second CD release, Getting Lucky, expanded Acidic’s popularity with the song, “Strata Red,”—a good old-fashioned rock song, about fast cars, women, alcohol—which won first place in Billboard’s alternative song contest in 2011. In the three years since its formation, the band has played across the country, including last year’s Sunset Strip Music Festival and their songs are currently featured on several radio stations nationwide.

Acidic’s latest album, Chronic Satisfaction, was produced by John Ryan (Styx, Santana, Lynyrd Skynyrd) of Chicago Kid Productions, and has received a broad reception with its hit song, “Uninspired.” Michael Gossard, the band’s lead vocalist and guitarist, spoke on working with Ryan: “He’s not just a music producer. He produces a project. He’s an integral part of every single operation.”

Gossard first created the band at age 13, when he posted fliers around Los Angeles high schools in search of musicians. His first response was from Matt Whitaker, soon to be the band’s drummer. Bassist Ted Dubrawski, a longtime friend of Gossard, joined along just after leaving a metal band, and Mike Thompson (guitar and backing vocals) got involved after he saw an Acidic show and posted his interest on the Craiglist “missed connections” page. Of the formation Gossard said, “The band fell together in a way that felt like destiny. It was indescribable, the kind of bond we formed.”

Since their inception, Acidic has played hundreds of shows nonstop across the U.S. but typically the band plays at smaller venues and underground shows. Gossard mentioned the unique, high-energy vibe at venues like Amplyfi in Los Angeles that pack in roughly 100 people. “There’s no front door. It’s literally underground. It’s the coolest atmosphere ever,” Gossard said of Amplyfi.

The band packs the house with fans jumping on their feet to Acidic’s edgy, blood-pumping music. Gossard said, “When you get on stage in front of 500 people, and there’s 50 people singing the song back to you—that is ridiculous. There’s no way to describe iT.”

While satisfying a crowd is a thrill for the four band members, they have also taken their efforts in a philanthropic direction. During the holiday season last December, Acidic went on tour overseas to perform at NATO air bases in Germany for U.S. armed forces. Gossard wrote the lyrics to the song “The Brave” as he watched wounded soldiers step off the bus onto U.S. soil, returning from either Afghanistan or Iraq. “There are no people like our United States Marines, and our United States service members. They are the most gracious people, the bravest people, and they’re willing to put everything on the line, just for you and me,” Gossard said.

Additionally, in 2008 and 2009, the band contributed funds to the East Valley Animal Shelter in LA after severe wildfires left hundreds of animals displaced and abandoned. “We’re always looking to take on a good cause,” Gossard said.

In the meantime, Acidic is working on releasing an upcoming album by the end of this year. An overflow of creative inspiration is never in shortage for the band–they’ve already written 61 songs for a 12-track album. Choosing from the options can only mean Acidic will be well on the way to producing another successful album.

Gossard made sure to mention the band’s devoted fans. “I have nothing but thanks for them,” he said. “We owe these people everything – we owe these people our lives.”

For more info check out www.acidicband.com

Article by Jennifer Pellerito

Posted on 10 April 2012. - Music Scene Magazine


"ACIDIC"

ACIDIC
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Los Angeles based band ACIDIC is starting to come into their own. ACIDIC has toured with Filter, Warner Drive, Marcy Playground and Alien Ant Farm to name a few. Currently on a tour with Candlebox, this group with a growing fan base, is fun, young, and a refreshing change from what's currently on the radio.

Lead singer and guitarist Michael Gossard talked to us about the band, their sound, and living in the City of Angels.
How did the band form and how long have you been together?

ACIDIC has been producing music and playing shows for almost 4 years. We love it. I formed it in high school after touring with a rock band when I was 13 and deciding that's what I had to do for a living. I found our bass player Ted Dubrawski literally under my own nose. He was one grade ahead of me, not just at the same elementary school but the same high school. He was in another band and turned me down, but then that band broke up and he joined mine. I found our drummer at the crosstown rival high school. We put posters up with broken drumsticks on them at every high school in the area and Matt Whitaker answered the call. Then when we decided to expand from three members to four, we put an ad on Craig's List looking for a new guitarist and found Michael Thompson.

Who are your influences?

We enjoy a very wide range of influences from the Beatles to Green Day. Our bass player Ted is a huge fan of surf rock, everyone from Dick Dale to the greats of our modern age. Matt, our drummer, is a huge fan of the big-sounding, alternative rock such as 30 Seconds to Mars. Thompson, our guitar player, loves Nine Inch Nails, System of a Down and Billy Talent. I am a fan of everything under the sun, including all of the above.

Your music is reminiscent of the 90s; why did you decide to go this route?

We grew up in the 90's. It is what we listened to. The old adage is that everyone is simply a product of their environment; I suppose this is true for us as well. Some of the greatest bands of all time emerged out of this decade. I also find that it is a great style to rock out to, on stage. We definitely don't fit into any modern mold, but that is what sets us apart.

Are there any recurring themes to your music covers?

We cover everything from loss to discovery, love and hate, willingness and closed-mindedness. We enjoy writing about our experience and the things we see in our travels across this country.

Tell us about your first public performance. What was that like?

Our first public performance was at a place called Beacon House. It is a rehabilitation center in San Pedro. We were invited to play their summer block party. Everyone who worked the event was in the program and what happened there was an experience beyond my wildest reckonings. We formed a lifelong friendship with them through our music, everyone there was enthralled by the message we were conveying, and they all seemed to be having a really good time enjoying our show, and I will remember the event for the rest of my life. They're great people and they've really been supportive of us. They showed faith in us back when we only knew five songs!

What can the audience expect from one of your live performances?

We are one of the most energetic acts to see live. We like to think that our performance is primal and guttural, we try to convey pure emotion on stage. We become possessed by passion and the rest just happens. We love getting the crowd involved, bringing audience members on stage, using every asset we have at our disposal to turn a performance into an event. I have a wireless mic and I use it to go out into the crowd and sing right in their faces. They love that! And depending on the song, they sing right back!
You have toured with some great bands like Marcy Playground, Alien Ant Farm, Warner Drive, Hawthorne Heights, and Filter. What is it like playing with bands who've been around longer?

It is always a learning experience. Every band who has gone through the process of making it in the music industry has a story to tell, a lesson to impart, and a piece of their experience to lend. All the acts we have toured with have been gentlemanly, accepting, and willing to share. It helps to point us in the right direction and give us guidance.

Are there any valuable lessons you've taken away from any of them?

Always work your hardest to achieve your goals. Never take mediocre as the best you can do. Do not compromise unless you are sure that compromising will aid you in your success, and stay true to the music.

What makes your newest album "Chronic Satisfaction" unique?

What makes it unique is what ties it to what has come before it. It is a straight forward rock'n'roll record. We recorded it live in isolation booths. It was done for the energy, we left it pretty raw on purpose but I am proud of it and it is a mix of old style rock'n'roll recording and modern energy.

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"ACIDIC Show Review and Interview"

Acidic is the hardest working band you are about to have the pleasure of being introduced to. They treat the band as their job, and they do everything themselves. From promoting, making music, and touring; everything is done by them (and their street team is the most dedicated street team I have ever seen I might add), and the best part is they do this for all the right reasons. Put simply, they play because they LOVE to. So, when I saw them at the 9 10 Live Club in Tempe, Arizona this past Friday, it was a great night. This was their last stop on their tour with Warner Drive, and spirits were high. As if this weren’t enough of a reason to celebrate, they will also start a new tour in April with Candlebox. See? The hardest working band you will ever meet.

With Acidic’s live performance, what you see is what you get. They are four guys who love their job. They love to play, love to entertain and treat each show as if it could be their last. If you’ve never seen Acidic live you are truly missing out. To say their performance is high-energy would be an understatement. Michael “Goss Boss” Gossard (the lead singer and guitar player) commanded the stage and worked the crowd. With his wireless mic he was able to walk around during their performance, rocking out with the fellas and serenading the ladies. Ted ‘The Blur” Dubrawski (Bassist) lives up to his nickname, never staying still long enough for anyone (including my photographer and long time friend) to take a picture. These guys have an unspoken synchronization; jumping at the same times, switching places on stage and interacting like the close friends they are. Musically their sound is clean, clear and fantastic. They are definitely one of those bands that sound just as good live as they do on their CDs (perhaps even better). They mixed in two covers along with their own music to keep the crowd entertained. Their cover of Lit’s “My Own Worst Enemy” gives Lit a run for their money, while their Beatles cover to “Come Together” is solid. They put on one hell of a show, and they’ve only been touring and playing live for about a year and a half.

They are impressive and extremely talented musicians, and to make them the total package they are the nicest guys you could meet. I had the chance to talk with them before their set on their tour van. We chatted about their music, what happens when things get a little too crazy onstage and of course their doomsday playlist. After checking out the interview, check these guys out and see if they are playing at a town near you. Say Hi and let them know I sent you.

KC: Just for everyone who is going to be reading, who is Acidic and how long have you been together?

Michael Gossard: We are a crazy bunch of individuals from Los Angeles California and we’ve been playing for 3 years now and touring for about a year and a half and we’re really happy to be doing it; We have Matt Whitaker on drums, Mike Thompson on guitar, Ted Dubrawski on bass and Mike on guitar and vocals that’s me. Other than that, people have called us anything from energetic, organized schizophrenia; we’ve been all over the spectrum.

KC: For anyone who hasn’t seen Acidic live, what can they expect from a live show?

Mike Gossard: You are going to be shocked to see how crazy we go. Let me put it to you this way, Ted got injured so badly one time on stage, he had to be flown home and almost put into knee surgery. At the Knitting Factory in Boise, the staff was watching with bated breath because they thought we were going to break the stage. I think we may have caused some damage to the stage, but we’re proud of it.

KC: You didn’t have to pay did you?

Mike Gossard: We got right out of there before we had to pay.

KC: Tell us a little bit about Chronic Satisfaction.

Mike Thompson :It’s Chronically Satisfying.

Mike Gossard: Yeah, it’s been chronically satisfying people for a few months now. It was produced by a guy named John Ryan who is the owner and CEO of Chicago Kid Productions and they are most noted for producing and promoting a band called Styx and Carols Santana. He just about worked with everybody in the business, and he introduced us to Warner Drive and that’s the band we’re playing with tonight and he’s been our saving grace for getting out there and re-learning how to tour because you can’t just go on tour, there’s a proper method to it and you have to learn it; you have to learn you have to revisit markets, you can’t just go willy nilly. Sometimes we don’t listen to that advice but whatever. (laughs).We put it out in November of last year. It’s going to be around for another year or so before we release our next one, but the next one is already in the process and we’ve already got a few songs down.

Matt: We’re going to play a couple of them tonight.

KC: OK going back to Chronic Satisfaction, musically did you have a theme you wanted to stick with?

Mike Gossard: Our first album was very much an ode to popular punk r - Indiemusicreviewer.com


"Featured Artist - ACIDIC"

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Richie Frieman

I feel like it’s been too long since we’ve featured a nuclear alternative band – I don’t hide the fact that I believe some of the best music ever made came from the 1990’s alternative era, and I love when a band reminds me of the time – Southern California’s ACIDIC (Michael Gossard, Ted Dubrawski, Matt Whitaker, Michael Thompson) definitely fit the bill, adding a pulsating punch of punk into the mix that has made them one of Music Review’s “12 Bands To Watch In 2012”.
ACIDIC has a few other trophies on their mantle – a 1st place finish in the 18th Billboard WorldWide Song Contest in the Alternative category (for "Strata Red”) and a selection as the Whisky a Go Go's LA Weekly Band-of-the-Month in March 2010. The four-piece has a new record out called “Chronic Satisfaction”, and not surprisingly, lead singer Gossard says “The new album will satisfy you chronically.” He continues, “It was a quick process for this particular one, we did the whole album live. This is the most honest ACIDIC has been in terms of laying on the line and taking it back to the roots. If you really want some good rock music with a message you can support and enough kick to send you flying, this is for you.”
He adds that “ACIDIC is a sound reminiscent of all your favorite rock stylings with a new energy that you have yet to see in any artist. We combine hard rock melodies and choruses with alternative verses and riffs that all coalesce into something intuitive for the listener.” You can already feel that 90’s alternative influence in those words – now get on your iTunes and check out the sound for yourself. Don’t take too long; in between tours, ACIDIC plans on putting another record on the market before the end of the year. Keep an eye out. There’s much more for you to get into, so keep reading now for all the answers to the XXQ’s.

XXQs: ACIDIC

PensEyeView.com(PEV): How would you describe your sound and what do you feel makes you stand out over the others in your genre?

Michael Gossard: ACIDIC is a sound reminiscent of all your favorite rock stylings with a new energy that you have yet to see in any artist. We combine hard rock melodies and choruses with alternative verses and riffs that all coalesce into something intuitive for the listener. We love to have a good time with everything, including our music.

PEV: Calling Southern California home, what kind of music where the members of the band into growing up? Do you remember your first concert?

MG: Being from Southern California, all of the members of the band grew up with the exposure to just about everything from "Mozart Classical," to "Green Day Modern." all of our influences together would look like a Jackson Pollack painting I am sure. We do stick to rock though. It is home and I personally am a fanatic of a band called Billy Talent. My first concert was actually an event called "Wango Tango" put on by the L.A. powerhouse station KIIS-FM. It was in the summer and, being held at the Rose Bowl. It was extremely large and packed. I got my first exposure to many modern Top-40 artists, being that I grew up listening almost exclusively to classic rock. It opened my eyes and gave me a craving for the stage.

PEV: What was it like trying to break into the music scene in your hometown, when you first started out as a band? What was your first show like together as a band?

MG: I love my hometown, Los Angeles, and playing there is always a joy. I remember the first few times we played a gig in Hollywood, how purely excited I was just to be sharing the stage with legendary artists that had graced the stage long ago. That history runs rampant in Hollywood. Breaking into the market in Los Angeles has always proved to be challenging, though. We have spent a lot of time on the road and have seen first hand that Los Angeles is truly one of the most difficult places in which to be taken seriously. Nevertheless, we have amazing friends and fans and we love any opportunity we get to play in our "little" hometown.

PEV: What can fans expect from a live ACIDIC show?

MG: Everyone attending an ACIDIC show can expect to see crazy fire-breathing musicians who constantly look as though being on stage is like an epic battle for survival in a Hollywood blockbuster. The band goes wild and we encourage the crowd to reciprocate. If you enjoy crowd involvement, come find us!

PEV: What is the first thing that comes to mind when you step on stage?

MG: The first thought on my mind is a prayer for the success of the performance and a wish for the crowd to have fun. After that, I run a check list, because the things you forget to do before you get on stage would astonish you! There was an instance, early-on in our career, when we were headlining in Provo, Utah. I had been in the crowd talking all night and right as I got on stage, I realized that I was still in my pajamas. Nevertheless, we kicked ass, but I will never again play in my pa - PensEyeView.com


"ACIDIC "Chronic Satisfaction""

The 11 Review - ACIDIC "Chronic Satisfaction"
Last Updated on Friday, 16 March 2012 04:49 Thursday, 08 March 2012 18:46

ACIDIC

CHRONIC SATISFACTION

LA's the body and soul of rock n roll, and The Sunset Strip is rocks central nervous system. Certain bands get that sound that ties into the whole Strip mentality, and certain bands try to force it and sound quite lame for their efforts. LA's own ACIDIC however gets it and fires on every neuro synapse up and down the Strip....DSC_0476

It would be easy to knock ACIDIC's new release CHRONIC SATISFACTION as being too straighforward and pure rock n roll, heavy in the right spots and more melodic then heavy in other spots. It would be easy to say that it does not have all the nonsensical hooks, the "every band member wandering around melodically and that's cool" sound that so many generic bands sound like today. It would be easy to knock them for a lot of things compared to a lot of their contemporaries, that is, if ACIDIC did not crush most of those so called contemporaries.

Rock (and more pointedly alternative rock) has been taking one to the chin lately and seems to have lost it's way into the sticky nasty sounding morass of indie boy bands that all sound exactly the same. Chronic Satisifaction is a release that's got good bones - solid bass lines, easily hummable after the first listen and better yet, a release you want to hear more than once. Sure, it has some pop hooks like in 15 Miles but it's well played into a well thought out track that I'm sure will have every 16 year girl at every show screaming every lyic. Without a doubt, Unispired, the opening track, is the strong track. With an almost Red Hot Chili Pepper zest to the opening as heavy bass lines dominate, the track winds around you and encompasses you with definate lyrics and nice transistions with long held guitar reverbs guiding the track.

The band teamed up with renowned producer John Ryan, who has produced albums for such celebrated artists as Santana, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Styx. That being said, I found the vocals a bit flat for my liking and I would like to hear lead singer Micheal Gossard's voice brightned a bit but you can hear one thing for sure - his band is tight and on point. At certain points in Ironic Dreams, the band lifts up some old riff's straight out of the 80s and backbones them into creative fills. So much about this release is done well and it certainly is pleasing to hear something that I can listen to and not get bored with after the first track.

Chronic Satisifaction is a solid release, one that stands up on it's won and deserves a nice rotation spot in your musical world. Strong vocals, solid bass lines, well used riff's and a drummer that make his presence known on every track, Chronic Satisfaction should take ACIDIC a long way towards the larger audience that they deserve and honestly, after putting up with 99% of what is being thrown at them now, a crowd that deserves some professional musicians. ACIDIC is that gold star that the public gets for hanging in there thru the ugly mess of music we find ourselves in...

ACIDIC is

** MICHAEL GOSSARD - lead vocals/lead guitar. Described as a "crazy-ass front-man" and "a force of nature" with explosive stage presence. lead singer/guitarist Michael Gossard is our "Crazy-Ass Front Man." Singeruniverse.com named him one of the top five vocalists of the month in April 2010. Principal songwriter of the band, member of ASCAP, SAG, and AFTRA. Influences are rock and blues.
** TED DUBRAWSKI - bass. Guitar craftsman-designer trained as a luthier at the Musicians Institute in Hollywood, CA. Loves surfing. Influences are rock and jazz.
** MIKE THOMPSON - guitar/backup vocals. He's our techno-czar and is go-to guy for computer/online troubleshooting! Influences are rock and industrial.
** MATT WHITAKER - drums. Childhood leukemia survivor and spokesman for several organizations fighting cancer. Influences rock and metal.
- Life Above 11


"LA's Own ACIDIC"

LA's Own ACIDIC

ACIDIC returns from a national tour to play at AMPLYi, 5600 Melrose Ave in Los Angeles.

By Amy Sommer | February 16, 2012



ACIDIC, made up of Angelenos lead singer and guitarist Michael Gossard; backup vocalist and guitarist Mike Thompson; bassist Ted Dubrawski and drummer Matt Whitaker, released their third full-length album “Chronic Satisfaction” in 2011 and spent February 2012 on a national tour with Fuel.

Mike, Ted, and Matt took a few moments to answer Westside Today's questions about their growing career.

WT: You're certainly farther along in your career then when we last spoke? How well do you think your career is going?

A: We are having an amazing time touring the country and we are doing it one gig at a time. Off of the skin of our backs, the music we write and the dream in our hearts, we are going to proceed. We have seen some really awesome results and it is nice to be perceived as a bigger act. I will say that the work is never over and I won't for a second rest until we have accomplished our goals!

WT: Do you consider yourselves successful? If so, when did you that feeling start? If not, what do you think would make you feel as if 'you'd arrived'?

A: I consider us in development. We have promises to keep and miles to go before we sleep. Although I will say that seeing the crowds react with incredible enthusiasm is an irrevocable experience. It makes one feel as though they are on top of the world. We try to remain reserved. We are having fun and working hard and just taking it one step forward at a time, trying to do well for the fans and the crowds that come in, even if they never heard of us before because they've come to see the headliner, and that's what matters.

WT: What's the best part about being on the road? The worst part?

A: The most positive thing about being on the road is the amazing people we meet and the experiences we have and the memories we create. The genesis of my happiness is my work, because it isn't work. It is fun, thus we don't feel like it's just work. The least positive thing about living on the road is that you are always living one day at a time, there is no plan on the daily basis. We live on our merchandis sales. We are never far from broke. We are always scrounging for everything, but it is so worth it. Missing your family is also a large part of the equation.

For more information on ACIDIC: http://www.acidicband.com

For more information on the Feburary 24th show: www.amplyfi.com
- Westside Today


"The interview with Michael Gossard, Lead Singer/Guitarist of ACIDIC"


Michael Gossard
The interview with
Michael Gossard
Lead Singer/Guitarist of ACIDIC
By: Lis Booth
Michael Gossard

Punk Globe:
Introduce yourself to the readers that don't know you - who are ya - Hometown, part in the band/what instruments do you play.
Michael Gossard:
We are ACIDIC, we're a crazy group of 4 guys from Los Angeles who tour everywhere and we are the most energetic bunch of people you might ever meet! If you like a high-energy performance, polite people and free wristbands, look no further! My name is Mike Gossard, I come from the west side of Los Angeles, I am the lead singer and guitarist. I am the crazy-ass front man as I have been described by our management and I love my job and my life, and anyone who is supportive of my band is my family! Our bass player is Ted Dubrawski, our second guitarist/backup vocalist is Mike Thompson, and our drummer is Matt Whitaker. They're all 20, and I'm 18. We're all from around L.A.
Punk Globe:
How did you all meet and get together as a band?
Michael Gossard:
I put the band together over the course of 2 years. I found our drummer Matt Whitaker by putting up flyers with broken drum sticks on them everywhere around LA, and he was one of the few who actually called me, so we started jamming and it clicked. I've known our bass player Ted Dubrawski since childhood, yet he had always been in my periphery, so I called him in the summer of 2008 and asked if he was interested in playing and he actually said yes. By now, we have become as close as family! I found our guitar player Thompy (Mike Thompson) online at craigslist.com after he replied to one of our ads looking for a guitar player. We have never looked back and we are a tight force on guitar and we are cohesive on and off stage. We began to tour and play a ton more shows over the past 6 months and now we are continuing to tour and we are loving every minute of it.
Punk Globe:
Who are you signed to?
Michael Gossard:
We are signed to Variety Artists International, they are an amazing agency and we love the fact that they put us on tour with some truly GREAT bands like Filter to Hawthorne Heights. Our representative Zack Mullinax is the man and we love his advice and his friendship. We're not with a label yet, but we expect that to change soon. We have also been represented at NACA - National Association of Campus Activities, and we have also been represented at NAMM - National Association of Music Manufacturers. These are the most prevalent ones we pay respect to and we enjoy every second of it!
Punk Globe:
So you guys have been on tour.. Whats your favorite thing about touring..
Michael Gossard:
My favorite thing about touring is meeting all these cool new people and seeing all the different places across the United States. We spend 6-8 hours every day driving and that gives us a lot of opportunity to see the radically different landscape everywhere and we have never looked back. Our lives and our hearts belong to the open road.
Punk Globe:
Do you wear themed clothing like other bands do?
Michael Gossard:
Well our bass player enjoys his theme of lack-of-clothing on stage. He always goes shirtless and that makes him very popular with women. Sometimes Matt tries that, too, but Ted definitely has the best abs. The rest of us try our best to wear anything eye catching, with crazy patterns, or anything that says, "I'm in a band from Los Angeles and I am mentally insane!" People really seem to respond to it. One thing we've had a lot of fun with lately is our Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles hat, which we got from a fan on our tour with Hawthorne Heights this summer. He didn't have any money to buy a CD at our merch table so he offered to trade his hat for it. It was the coolest hat we'd ever seen and you better believe we wanted it!!! We traded off wearing it onstage, sometimes that hat moves around and all of us have taken turns wearing it during by the time we get to the last song in our set.
Punk Globe:
Best gig you have ever played and why?
Michael Gossard:
Probably our best gig so far has been playing in Salt Lake City, Utah with Filter because they changed everything on us and we had to roll with the punches, everything was a challenge and it was a testament to the resilience of the band getting up there and still playing even though they kept changing our set times. We played in front of a packed house and the crowd was really digging it and it turned out to be the tightest show, musically-speaking, that we have ever played! Plus there is the fact that we got the opportunity to stay with a fan and his family for 2 days afterwards. It was really an honor staying with them and learning all about who they are as people; they even cooked us dinner!
Punk Globe:
Which songs do you perform most frequently do you have any specific favorites?
Michael Gossard:
We always play Strata Red. We have, ever since the song was written and it is a band favorite because it was a team effort to w - PunkGlobe.com


"LA's Own ACIDIC"

LA's Own ACIDIC

ACIDIC returns from a national tour to play at AMPLYi, 5600 Melrose Ave in Los Angeles.

By Amy Sommer | February 16, 2012



ACIDIC, made up of Angelenos lead singer and guitarist Michael Gossard; backup vocalist and guitarist Mike Thompson; bassist Ted Dubrawski and drummer Matt Whitaker, released their third full-length album “Chronic Satisfaction” in 2011 and spent February 2012 on a national tour with Fuel.

Mike, Ted, and Matt took a few moments to answer Westside Today's questions about their growing career.

WT: You're certainly farther along in your career then when we last spoke? How well do you think your career is going?

A: We are having an amazing time touring the country and we are doing it one gig at a time. Off of the skin of our backs, the music we write and the dream in our hearts, we are going to proceed. We have seen some really awesome results and it is nice to be perceived as a bigger act. I will say that the work is never over and I won't for a second rest until we have accomplished our goals!

WT: Do you consider yourselves successful? If so, when did you that feeling start? If not, what do you think would make you feel as if 'you'd arrived'?

A: I consider us in development. We have promises to keep and miles to go before we sleep. Although I will say that seeing the crowds react with incredible enthusiasm is an irrevocable experience. It makes one feel as though they are on top of the world. We try to remain reserved. We are having fun and working hard and just taking it one step forward at a time, trying to do well for the fans and the crowds that come in, even if they never heard of us before because they've come to see the headliner, and that's what matters.

WT: What's the best part about being on the road? The worst part?

A: The most positive thing about being on the road is the amazing people we meet and the experiences we have and the memories we create. The genesis of my happiness is my work, because it isn't work. It is fun, thus we don't feel like it's just work. The least positive thing about living on the road is that you are always living one day at a time, there is no plan on the daily basis. We live on our merchandis sales. We are never far from broke. We are always scrounging for everything, but it is so worth it. Missing your family is also a large part of the equation.

For more information on ACIDIC: http://www.acidicband.com

For more information on the Feburary 24th show: www.amplyfi.com
- Westside Today


"ACIDIC Live at the Troubadour, January 12, 2012"

By ABIGAIL MILLER
As alternative hard-rock band ACIDIC took the stage at the Troubadour in West Hollywood on January 12, the commitment and passion of this extremely talented foursome was quite obvious. Frontman Michael Gossard is a force of nature, connecting to his audience and his band mates in ways that make an ACIDIC show highly electrifying. Despite a very early opening slot on the bill, Gossard and his mates managed to get the crowd revved up for the night, almost bouncing off the walls of the club with excitement. Speaking with Gossard post-performance, one can tell that his truly amiable personality isn’t reserved for the stage, as he was just as happy to be wading through the Troubadour crowd as he was singing his ass off.

Formed in 2008, these four young men, who are barely out of their teens, have released three aggressive, heart-pounding albums since 2009. Their show proves that they are wise far beyond their years and will be giving the world more of their unique, classic-rock flavored intensity for many years to come. - BlueRailroad.com


"ACIDIC Interview: Los Angeles band opens for Fuel at the Longhorn"

ACIDIC Interview: Los Angeles band opens for Fuel at the Longhorn
Young musicians aim to be 'most accessible band'
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Alternative rock band ACIDIC has set out to be the most accessible rock band in the nation. They will be opening for Fuel at The Longhorn.

By David Ryan Palmer
Southwest Daily News
Posted Feb 10, 2012 @ 08:00 AM

Sulphur, La. —

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Nineteen-year-old Michael Gossard, the frontman for alternative rock band ACIDIC, got into music for the same reason many people do: to entertain.
It’s how they are doing it that is novel, by being as assessable as possible.
“Our goal is to be there, and be the most accessible band on the planet. We give out our personal information so that fans can call us, get in touch with us whenever,” Gossard said.
When the vocalist/guitarist and his band first started up, they were all in high school. Gossard knew the bass player when they were kids, and the band found their drummer by posting a flyer in every school they could get to in the Los Angeles area.
“Two and a half years ago, we started playing clubs in Los Angeles,” Gossard said. “Then we met up with our producer, and ever since it’s been famous. We’ve been having a wonderful time.”
A wonderful time is an understatement. Since their debut, they have gone on tour with Alien Ant Farm, Marcy Playground, Filter, Hawthorne Heights and the Higher. They’ve been to Germany and Kosovo on an Armed Forces Entertainment tour. Their first album, Getting Lucky (released in 2010) had a single that reached into the stratosphere, no pun intended. ‘Strata Red’ won the Alternative category in Billboard’s 2011 WorldWide Song Contest.
Now they are the opening act for Fuel, and are playing at the Texas Longhorn tonight, beginning at 8 p.m. The venue is smaller than their used to, but that doesn’t matter, because Gossard said their energy doesn’t depend on the amount of people in the audience.
It doesn’t hurt, of course, and one of Gossard’s signature moves is to get right down in the pit and perform next to listeners.
“We have something special. I will leave the stage and go down into the crowd personally,” he said.
Going into a roiling mass of people to perform a part of your set does take a bit of courage, Gossard contended.
“Still, I’ve never had anyone freak out on me or anything. Some people get really shy, but some people are very into it.”
Musically, the band draws from modern alternative sources. “My main musical influences are Green Day, this Canadian band called Billy Talent, Led Zepplin, a little bit of the Foo Fighters, a little bit of Rise Against. It’s just a good old fashioned alternative rock and roll.
That’s not to say that they band doesn’t have a certain amount of technical proficiency. Gossard and his group follow the base underlying rock and roll, and heavy metal.
“I find that a lot of rock and roll is blues based, and a lot of metal is jazz oriented. If you listen to the time signatures, you can see the jazz. And rock and roll has choruses, which comes from the blues side,” he said.
Gossard does dual duty, playing guitar while performing lead vocals on their songs. It’s daunting, mixing two kinds of music together on stage, but it comes to Gossard naturally.
“You know, you get into a groove. It seems difficult at times, and there is one syncopation that I do tend to have difficulty playing. But you get into an absolute groove. The adrenaline flows and the crowd starts up, and the groove happens,” he said.
All in all, it’s about having a good time and putting on a good show.
“We love to be elegant dudes while still being bad ass rock and rollers,” he said.

ACIDIC opens for Fuel tonight at the Texas Longhorn club in Vinton at 8 p.m. They have a website where you can hear samples of their music acidicband.com and a Facebook Music page.
- SulphurDailyNews.com


"ACIDIC Hopes to Bring Sizzle to Columbus"

ACIDIC hopes to bring sizzle to Columbus

By Kari Fox

fox.731@osu.edu

Published: Sunday, November 13, 2011

Updated: Sunday, November 13, 2011 21:11

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Alternative rock band ACIDIC is scheduled to perform at O'Sheckys Live Nov. 14, 2011, at 7 p.m.

While performing overseas for the armed forces, Michael Gossard, lead singer of alternative rock band ACIDIC, found inspiration.

"I would be approached by all these soldiers and they'd tell me stories," Gossard said. "I'd listen and I decided I needed to write about it."

These stories led Gossard to write some songs for the group's newest album, "Chronic Satisfaction," which can be heard when the band is scheduled to perform at O'Sheckys Live Monday at 7 p.m.

"Chronic Satisfaction" is ACIDIC's third album and Gossard said it's true to its name.

"It chronically satisfies people," he said. "This one captures raw energy. We wanted to convey an emotion. It's based on personal experience."

Gossard said he has been happy with the turnout at the band's shows so far.

"It's been one of the highest-attended tours we've ever played," he said. "We've been building our fan base and it's finally getting to the point where we're able to entertain larger crowds."

Along with a large crowd, Gossard said the fans also bring the energy.

"We have a ravenous fan base," he said. "They are the loudest."

Gossard said that crowd includes a group of loyal girls, whom the band calls "goddesses," which comes to many of their shows.

"Those girls put together a $300 care package for us to take on the road, so we took them to dinner," Gossard said. "OK, it was only McDonald's, but we're musicians and we're cheap, what do you expect?"

Recently, ACIDIC landed a place on Music Review's "12 Bands to Watch in 2012." Gossard said he was shocked and pleased with the recognition.

"I couldn't believe it when I saw it," he said. "But being noticed, being put in a magazine that tells people to watch us … I mean we've all been up for three days straight. I guess it's that effort that got us here. If it were easy, everyone would do it."

Other outlets have noticed ACIDIC as well.

Cindy Parr of "Shockwave Magazine" said "Chronic Satisfaction" is "is full of high energy tunes with catchy lyrics and solid music."

Lonnie Nemiroff of ShockYa.com also enjoyed the album. She said it made her "giddy inside" because she "truly missed the organic punk sound."

"Chronic Satisfaction" harbors a dance number as of one its tracks and Gossard said it's one of the things he's proud of off this album.

"I've always wanted to do kind of a poppy-sounding song like this because it's different," he said.

Gossard said he is also proud of the recognition "Chronic Satisfaction" has brought the band.

"People have started walking up to me at shows and showing me some of my lyrics I've wrote that they've gotten tattooed," he said. "I'm like ‘That's permanent, you sure about that? I'm really not worth it.'"

O'Shecky's Live is located at 6240 Busch Blvd. - The Lantern


"Warner Drive and ACIDIC at Marquis Theater"

Warner Drive and Acidic at Marquis Theater
by Tom Walsh
Posted on November 11, 2011
Anytime Warner Drive comes to town it's usually a good time. This is the second time I have seen them and to be honest I'll probably keep seeing them, although at some point I'll stop writing reviews on them. This time in their travels they brought their own supporting band with them. Acidic is the name of the band and like Warner Drive, they too are from L.A.
I would think that being a young band in a town like L.A. would be extremely hard unless you are a very talented band. Not only talented musically, but stage wise as well. You would need to captivate your audience, keep them enthralled with what you are doing and not let up for even a second. Acidic does just that.

Supposedly getting their name from the side of a soda can is not a real exciting way to get a name. While their name picking techniques may lack excitement, the band is brimming over with it. Acidic is a band of not yet drinking age youths that know how to rock. The energy and professionalism they showed on stage at the Marquis was second to none and these kids put more into their show than most national touring bands I have seen. They kind of remind me of a Sunset Strip version of Green Day. They play radio friendly hard rock, but they also have tunes that would make the most snobbish of rockers sit up and take notice.

Front man Michael Gossard is a seasoned vet of the L.A. scene and you can tell in his swagger that he is comfortable up on stage. Apparently he is also comfortable off stage as he walked around the crowd at the Marquis singing a hair raising rendition of Come Together by the Beatles. For a band of young uns' these guys do it up right. I've said it before and I'll say it again...the role as an opening band is to get the crowd as excited as they can for the next band, and so on and so forth. As a band going on before Warner Drive, Acidic couldn't have done a better job. With hook laden rock n roll they reel you in and don't let go. But once they do let go? Once the music stops....you may find yourself wondering if you've been smiling that dopey ass grin their whole set. My guess? Probably. - InterstateLive.com


"12 Bands To Watch In 2012"

We could’ve compiled a list that featured predictable names – but that would be pointless, wouldn’t it? Instead, we’ve decided to showcase the bands that impressed us in 2011 and could really breakthrough in 2012 and make it their year.

In no particular order of relevance:

Destroy Rebuild Until God Shows

The Craig Owens-fronted post-hardcore group made a forceful statement with their debut album, D.R.U.G.S., which spawned a ridiculous amount of powerful tracks like ‘Sex Life’ and ‘I’m here to take the Sky’. If their follow-up album is anything like their debut, the sky really is the limit for Craig and co.

Tasters

The Italian metalcore stallions exploded with the release of Reckless Till the End this year. Subsequently, the pressure is on for them to do something significant in 2012. Don’t be surprised if they bring it, heavy and hard. Mamma mia!

A Pale Horse Named Death

Wanna make an immediate impression? Well, make a decent album, douchebag! That’s what Sal Abruscato did with this latest project, A Pale Horse Named Death. Critics loved And Hell Will Follow Me and fans found it gloomier than a Days of Our Lives marathon – so, what’s holding APHND back from more success in the forthcoming months? The answer is absolutely nothing.

All Get Out

We can’t rave enough about The Seasons. All Get Out hold all the potential in the world to become the next big thing. They’ve been around for a few years now and deserve some major recognition, especially after the modern classic known as The Seasons. We’re holding thumbs and toes for them.

Sleeping with Sirens

SWS drop some serious melodies, because we’re still struggling to shake off the after-effects of Let’s Cheers to This. In our opinion, things can only get bigger and brighter for this post-hardcore fivesome from Orlando, Florida – as long as Kellin Quinn remains.

ACIDIC

Having already won the 18th Billboard World Song Contest Award, in the Alternative category for their song ‘Strata Red’, California’s young rockers ACIDIC will surely be out for more accolades in the year to come.

Rise to Remain

Bruce Dickinson’s son, Austin, is following in his old man’s steps and doing the rock star thang. His band, Rise to Remain, have already been snapped up by Century Media and look set to initialise their domination in the US with the release of City of Vultures in January 2012.

Aliases

Aliases made tech-metal look easy, as Safer than Reality tied our senses into a knot and made us instant fans of this UK band, which features the services of ex-SikTh guitarist Pin. Hopefully, that release was only a small sample of the mayhem to come.

Voodoo Highway

The Italian hard rockers, who’ve been compared to the legendary Deep Purple, have been quietly shifting the units of their debut full-length, Broken Uncle’s Inn, and amassing thousands of YouTube hits. They might not be a household name now, but if they continue doing what they’re doing, that may change soon.

Everyone Dies In Utah

Undoubtedly, Enter Shikari got the whole post-hardcore merged with electronica movement pumping, but Everyone Dies In Utah are taking this monster to a new level with some slick tricks. In short, Seeing Clearly got us banging our heads and shaking the glow-sticks like a confused jock at a Slayer concert.

albinobeach

The art rock instrumental three-piece have developed a bit of a cult following in South Africa. They’ve also started releasing new music after a long time in the musical wasteland i.e. Johannesburg traffic. We’re expecting big things from them.

Mugshot

Johannesburg rockers Mugshot were a late addition to this list, but they just had to be included after we heard their breathtaking release, Broken Finger. Trust us: Mugshot might be taking over the radio stations soon.

If you can think of any other bands that deserve a mention, drop us a comment with your suggestions.

- Sergio Pereira
- Music Review


"Review: ACIDIC - Chronic Satisfaction"

Review: Acidic – Chronic Satisfaction

“Acidic display strut and an uncanny ear for rock, shake ‘n’ roll melodies…”

Artist Name: Acidic
Album Name: Chronic Satisfaction
Year: 2011
Genre: Rock/Alternative Rock
Label: Rocket Science

Californian rock band Acidic got themselves noticed by winning the Alternative category in Billboard’s 2011 WorldWide Song Contest for their song ‘Strata Red,’ off of their 2010 release, Getting Lucky. Maybe that’s why it is a bit mind-boggling to fathom how this band is still not with a major label. Even on Chronic Satisfaction, their latest album, Acidic display strut and an uncanny ear for rock, shake ‘n’ roll melodies (with the sporadic throwback to heyday of the LA Strip), yet never treading too far away from the mainstream waters – ‘15 Miles’ or the ever-catchy-chorus of ‘Uninspired’ have all the makings of Top 100 commercial radio hits, and should satisfy a multitude of audiences. However, before you close your browser due to the anger of the mere mention of radio rock, understand that Chronic Satisfaction also has rich rock tracks rolled into this fattie of an album – the classic rock riffs, nifty fretwork, anthemic vocals (Mike Gossard could very well be Craig Mabbitt (Escape The Fate) in disguise) and more rhythm than your high school prom of livewires, such as ‘Black Box,’ ‘The Brave,’ and ‘Ironic Dreams,’ are worth the time of any serious rock fan. While Chronic Satisfaction isn’t defining or sensational, it might be the launch pad that Acidic have required to get to the next level. Watch out for this band.

Best Tracks: ‘Uninspired,’ ‘Black Box,’ and ‘The Brave’

68/100

- Josh Smith - Music Review


"LA-BASED ALTERNATIVE ROCK BAND ACIDIC TO PLAY SUNSET STRIP MUSIC FESTIVAL, AUGUST 20TH"

LA-BASED ALTERNATIVE ROCK BAND ACIDIC TO PLAY SUNSET STRIP MUSIC FESTIVAL, AUGUST 20TH

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Fresh off of their nationwide tour with Warner Drive, L.A. based alternative rock band ACIDIC will perform at the Sunset Strip Music Festival on Saturday, August 20th. ACIDIC will be performing at 5:10 pm at the Whisky A Go Go at 8901 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles.
The three-day SSMF will feature performances by Motley Crue, Bush, Public Enemy, Matt and Kim, She Wants Revenge, Buckcherry, Ray Manzarek and Robby Krieger of The Doors with vocalist David Brock and over 50 other bands at various Sunset Strip venues. Advance purchase single day general admission is $55 and VIP admission is $120. Three day VIP passes are $250. Passes can be purchased at http://www.sunsetstripmusicfestival.com/event-info/tickets/
ACIDIC, which consists of lead singer and guitarist Michael Gossard, guitarist Michael Thompson, bassist Ted Dubrawski and drummer Matt Whitaker, will release their third full-length album, “Chronic Satisfaction,” on September 20th, 2011. The album is produced by John Ryan, who has produced for legendary artists such as Santana, Styx and Lynyrd Skynyrd.
ACIDIC has performed at South by Southwest, The Sunset Strip Music Festival, and toured as an opening act for Marcy Playground, Hawthorne Heights and The Higher. In January, they performed in Germany and Kosovo as part of an Armed Forces Entertainment Tour.
For more information about ACIDIC, please visit their site at http://www.acidicband.com. - Eye Spy LA


"ACIDIC Interview"

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ACIDIC INTERVIEW
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Interview by Shaun Christie



Los Angeles band Acidic may be a new name to you but they have been steadily building a fan base and releasing their unique blend of alternative rock since 2008. Despite their young age, this band has managed to release 3 albums since their formation, with the latest release ‘Chronic Satisfaction’ arriving on September 20th 2011.

Front man Michael Gossard explains how the band first formed “Around 2008 I decided there was no other alternative for me but to be in a band. So with that in mind I went out papering the whole of LA trying to explain the sound I wanted to create in the hopes like minded musicians would reply.” As Michael stated he papered the whole of Los Angeles yet received only one response. Luckily for him it turned out that person was Matt Whitaker who is now better known as the drummer for Acidic.

Michael then enlisted the help of childhood friend Ted Dubrawski, California surf loving bass player; to step in on bass duties. They were then rounded out by Michael Thompson on lead/rhythm guitar who the band “scoured for months before finding him on Craigslist.” With the band line-up now complete they could put their efforts into making music and touring.

Touring is a big part of what makes this band special. Michael Gossard states “We have been building our sound as we tour. Our influences range from rock, blues and punk but we give it our own twist. This band has played over a 1000 shows and has really helped contribute to our sound and to making us a better band, all whilst building a fan base.” Not surprisingly the band is currently on tour with another popular Los Angeles band Alien Ant Farm. “We are having a great time with Alien Ant Farm. We have never been on tour with such a nice and generous group of guys” says Michael.

Relentless touring in the states is one thing but going to Kosovo to play shows is an entirely different matter. “It’s a different world over there. Looking out the tour bus in US you can see great cities, but in Kosovo all the buildings were bombed out and it was very sad to see” said Michael G. Acidic were over in Kosovo and Germany performing for the troops. “It was a great experience and very inspiring to meet these people and hear their stories” says Michael.

The title for the new album ‘Chronic Satisfaction’ came from an off the cuff remark from drummer Matt Whitakers father. Michael says “I asked Matt’s dad how we would describe our bands sound and he said ‘chronically satisfying’ and I was like alright we’ll go with that.”

The band got to work with record producer John Ryan, who was worked with the likes of Lynrd Skynrd, Styx and Santana. Michael says of the experience working with John “It was amazing. He literally came in and took the thing and turned it on its head. It was just an immediate jump up. He bolstered us into activity and we recorded it differently. We recorded it entirely live, each of us in a booth playing together.”

Michael described the finished album as sounding like “The next logical step in the band. It’s a familiar sound but with a twist. Familiar yet nothing you have ever heard before.”

When asked about the bands future prospects Michael responds “We have already gotten the green light and will be recording album number 4. After that we will be continuing to tour all over.”

Acidic’s latest album will be out on September 20th. For more info and tour dates check out http://www.acidicband.com/ - AtlasJams.com


"ACIDIC New Album“Chronic Satisfaction”"

ACIDIC New Album“Chronic Satisfaction”
Posted: 10/11/2011 04:53:24 PM PDT

ACIDIC Released New Album“Chronic Satisfaction” September 20

First Single “Uninspired” Available Now

Los Angeles based alternative rock band ACIDIC is gearing up for the highly anticipated release of“Chronic Satisfaction,” their 3rd full-length album, on Tuesday, September 20, 2011. The band teamed up with renowned producer John Ryan, who has produced albums for such illustrious artists as Santana, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and Styx.

ACIDIC has been quickly gaining momentum in the rock-and-roll scene since the release of their first two albums“Ironic Dreams” in 2009 and“Getting Lucky” in 2010, which scored popular singles“No Name,”“Maybe,” and,
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most recently,“Strata Red,” which was named the winner of the 18th Annual Billboard Worldwide Song Contest for Best Alternative Song. In support of the upcoming album, ACIDIC is embarking on a 14-city tour with Alien Ant Farm starting September 6th in Lancaster, CA and wrapping October 1st in Bakersfield.

ACIDIC is fronted by singer and guitarist Michael Gossard, guitarist Michael Thompson, bassist Ted Dubrawski and drummer Matt Whitaker. While each of the members have only recently graduated from high school, together they have established themselves as legitimate rockers with animated performances and tight musicianship, leading them to opportunities touring with Marcy Playground, Hawthorne Heights, Filter, and The Higher.

ACIDIC 's classic rock-and-roll sound captured in an outfit of determined young musicians caught the attention of producer John Ryan, who is responsible for Styx's classic hit“Lady.” Inspired, Ryan approached the band and offered to produce a couple singles with them. Ryan and ACIDIC began recording together, and the respected producer was so impressed with their initial work in the studio that he quickly decided to expand the project into a full-length album. - LA.com


"Interview: ACIDIC"

Interview: ACIDIC
11 October 2011

California’s new rock hope aren’t Facebook stalkers. They promise.

Michael “Goss Boss” Gossard, vocalist and guitarist for ACIDIC, chats to us about multiple things that we won’t state here, so that you’ll be forced to read the article in full. Keep your eyes on this band, because ACIDIC might just inspire your mom to take off her top…

MusicReview: Hmm…you’re playing with Alien Ant Farm. Any chance of you guys doing the moonwalk onstage when they play their cover of Michael Jackson’s ‘Smooth Criminal’?

Michael Gossard: Haha, if any of us could moonwalk, we probably already would have, but you’ll see some crazy shenanigans onstage for sure, regardless. I think it’s pretty cool that ‘Smooth Criminal’ has been a hit twice.

MusicReview: First album Getting Lucky was produced by the team who worked with Jason Mraz, Liz Phair and Avril Lavigne. Second album Chronic Satisfaction was produced by multi-platinum award-winning producer John Ryan. How are you guys securing such acclaimed producers for your albums?

Michael Gossard: Getting Lucky was actually produced by Andrew and Liz Bojanic, who are the Wizardz of Oz, a production team out of Australia who worked with some of those artists you mentioned as well. Nothing is ever completely secure, but both of our producers came on to nurture the project, and both have a history of having a personal relationship with the band as well. For us, that’s really key, and we’re lucky that people of this caliber believe in us as much as they do. John [Ryan], in particular, has taken us under his wing.

MusicReview: Second year playing the Sunset Strip Music Festival. Be honest, are you guys reading through The Dirt to pick up some partying tips from Motley Crue?

Michael Gossard: I’m sure many people did read up on their partying; we’ve all read The Dirt, and we did have fun at the Festival, but we also played a show and promoted, so the whole day seemed like an enormous party.



MusicReview: You guys are quite a young band, but you’ve achieved so much recognition and are already winners of the 18th Billboard World Song Contest Award in the Alternative category in 2011 for ‘Strata Red’. What is the secret to your success?

Michael Gossard: We practice with incredible frequency, we are very active on social media outlets, and we are involved with our fans personally. We work hard when we tour, as well as the fact that we put great care into writing our songs. We put ourselves fully into every aspect of the band and its promotion, and are proactive, and that is one of the reasons we move up. Our fans are the backbone of our sound and we would do anything for them! We have an amazing team behind us, and amazing fans with us.

MusicReview: What is the one place in the world that ACIDIC really wish to play?

Michael Gossard: Hard to give you one place! We want to headline a sold-out Red Rock Amphitheatre before we die, and at Coachella, and also Wembley Stadium in London. Those are our big dreams; Red Rock, in particular, because Denver was the first stop on our first tour with Hawthorne Heights during July 2010. So it is a special place for us.

MusicReview: On your Facebook page, you guys list Facebook stalking as a band interest. So, is it fair to assume that when a really hot girl comments on a post, you guys will go and check out her photos (wink, wink)?

Michael Gossard: Unfortunately, I actually don’t have an answer for that one. Nobody in ACIDIC is a stalker. We are masters of the hunt.

MusicReview: Any plans to shoot a music video in the near future?

Michael Gossard: We just completed a music video for our upcoming single ‘Uninspired’ from our new CD, Chronic Satisfaction, which you can listen to on our Facebook page. It was directed by Kelly King and will be smashing through your YouTube screen very soon. We tried to make it a very real music video. We had quite a bit of grit involved and it’s going to be the sexiest music video we’ve ever shot. It will be coming out soon and it will be well worth the wait!

MusicReview: Awesome. Thanks for your time, Michael.

Make sure to find out how you can win yourself an ACIDIC hamper. Yay! Everyone raise their hands for free sh*t!

- Sergio Pereira

- Music Review


"ACIDIC’s Chronic Satisfaction hits the spot – 4 out of 5"

Audiofiles, Met's Music Pick September 22, 2011
ACIDIC’s Chronic Satisfaction hits the spot – 4 out of 5

Los Angeles rock band, ACIDIC, has everything an emerging band should have – unique vocals, edgy guitar licks, bass that you can feel and driving drums.

With all of the members being 21 years old or younger, the band has a mature sound for their age, and their touring history is impressing, having already played with high-profile bands like Hawthorne Heights and Alien Ant Farm.

The quartet formed in 2008 and released its first album, Ironic Dreams, in 2009 and its second, Getting Lucky in 2010. The new album, Chronic Satisfaction, dropped Sept. 13.

Chronic Satisfaction features nine songs and some trippy album artwork. It starts off with the single “Uninspired,” a carefree rock anthem with a bass line that makes you want to move. But no track stands out as much as the guitar-heavy “Black Box,” which displays the band’s edgy, classic-rock-infused style.

The album closes with “Ironic Dreams,” a re-release of the title track off their first album. It brings Chronic Satisfaction to a strong close and makes it a definite must-listen.

Tags: anthem, classic, edgy, emerging, rock
- www.metnews.org - Metrospective


"ACIDIC's 'Chronic Satisfaction' Album Review"

Thursday, August 25, 2011
ACIDIC's 'Chronic Satisfaction' Album Review

Los Angeles based alternative rock band Acidic are known for their catchy electro rock tunes, and their new album does not disappoint. They are gearing up for the much anticipated release on September 20th. We here at Artists On Demand got the privilege to listen to the album early. The album, titled ‘Chronic Satisfaction’, is jammed packed with tunes that are sure to make any fan, or new listener, want more. Some of the tracks include ‘Uninspired’, ‘Her Walls Are Coming Down’, and ‘Goodbye’, among others.

Not only is the music good, but the album artwork is amazing and colorful. The fans are going to eat up this amazingly put together piece of musical artwork. Make sure to check it out when it is released towards the end of September and check them out online at www.acidicband.com - Artists on Demand


"Whisky A-Go-Go"

"Acidic is a young energetic rock trio who delivers high quality performances every time they hit the stage.

These talented musicians are a mix of grunge style punk and classic rock. Their stage performance is magnetic and full of musical talent.

The band is a joy to work with. The Whisky a Go-Go is proud to have these young rockers be a part of our legendary history"
- A. Celina Denkins, Whisky a Go-Go Booking Agent


"ACIDIC - "Uninspired" [Song Review]"

ACIDIC - "Uninspired" [Song Review]

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Rating: 7.2 / 10
“Uninspired” is a hot, new song from L.A. based rockers ACIDIC; a lead single which comes off the group’s third full-length album due out September 20th. Amazingly, ACIDIC is still a very young band (the members only recently graduated from high school), yet they've already achieved some very positive success. There are high hopes for the group's forthcoming album Chronic Satisfaction, produced by John Ryan (Santana, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Stix) and to promote said record ACIDIC just wrapped up a seventeen city tour of the U.S.

From Chronic Satisfaction comes the song “Uninspired,” a well-written and well performed “ode to nostalgia” as lead singer Michael Gossard has called it. The song is impressive, with a chorus that will keep you humming all day long. It reminds me a little bit of Nirvana’s "Lithium" in the way Gossard performs the vocals and in the angst you can hear in his voice. It’s easy to relate to the song's words which gives it a certain appeal since everyone at one time or another has felt disappointed, let down or “uninspired.” If this song is any indicator, then we’ll be hearing about ACIDIC a lot more in the near future.

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Release Date: September 13, 2011 - Pure Grain Audio


"ACIDIC’s Michael Gossard: Simple Things, Sushi and Rock and Roll"

ACIDIC’s Michael Gossard: Simple Things, Sushi and Rock and Roll

* April 11th, 2011 8:05 am PT

A.W. Gryphon

MONDAY MORNING HOLLYWOOD

Performing for the Troops, opening for Filter, packing it in at SXSW and the clubs on Sunset Strip. ACIDIC’s lead singer Michael Gossard has come a long way since he started his Encino High School band Crespi. Raised in a Hollywood family, Michael grew up playing music and working on film sets until he settled in to follow his Rock Star destiny.

What was the first job you ever had? The first job I ever had was in the field of acting, I used to do quite a bit of it and I've worked on the set many times. There's a very satisfying feeling that accompanies the act of the playing a role well, I love the rush.

What made you pursue a career in music? It is literally in my bones. Both my parents once had lively and active careers in the entertainment industry. Their instruction and the fact that I've been playing music for most of my life led me to pursue a career in Hollywood's massive system.

Do you have a favorite story from the trenches? On tour in Seattle with Marcy Playground recently, we encountered the most massive bout of automotive trouble we've ever seen. Our touring van broke down in a town called Walla Walla, WA and it caused turmoil concerning whether or not we were going to be able to continue touring. After finding a temporary solution, our other touring vehicle fell victim to armed robbery. The thief stole all of our laptops and GPS while we were playing in the SODO district of Seattle. We were slightly disheartened, but we moved on to find the best solutions possible.

What is your dream job? Rockstar. Isn't it everyone's?

What or who makes you laugh? Random instances of hilarity on the road make me laugh. For instance, I always get a laugh at the reaction of a person working at Taco Bell when the band stops for food and orders fifty tacos then flabbergasted workers feverishly attempt to satisfy our craving.

What do you do on a typical day off?Sleep. Sushi.

What inspires you? Simple things inspire me. A pang of nostalgia after realizing that you've lost something. Or when I see an act of kindness that is so radically simple it speaks with the weight of a nation.

What advice do you have for aspiring artists? Find a band. Make music videos. Build a portfolio. All in all, coalescent media presentation is the way of the future and if you can capitalize upon that, you will attain the loftiest of goals.

What are you doing now? We're hanging out in the beautiful state of Washington while we wait to see what the van doctors can do to rehabilitate our touring van.

If you won the lottery today, what would you be doing tomorrow? Buying one of those big tour buses, and hiring a driver so the touring van issues get a professional touch for a change. We're still rank amateurs, I'm afraid. And maybe building our own state-of-the-art studio.

What do you hope to be doing ten years from now? Touring the world. Playing Wembly Stadium and other venues we've only dreamed about. Maybe with a few Grammys on the mantle back home. And working with the people we've only been able to admire from afar at this point.

To learn more about Michael and ACIDIC visit www.acidicband.com
- Examiner.com


"The Whisky Gets Acidic"

*The Whisky Gets Acidic

The rock band checks in with Patch for an exclusive interview before their Weho show on March 25.

What does a "luthier” or a craftsman who builds guitars, a cancer survivor, and a college sophomore have in common? They make up the alternative group known as ACIDIC. The band recently wrapped a tour with Marcy Playground and an Armed Forces Entertainment Tour in Kosovo and Germany. Next up is Whisky A Go-Go on March 25.

In an exclusive interview, singer/guitarist Michael Gossard walks Patch through the history of the band. He discusses their favorite places to play and hang in West Hollywood, the best and worst shows the guys have performed, as well as shares crazy stories from the road.

Weho Patch: What is the story behind the band name?

Michael Gossard: It comes from the back of a soda can, actually Diet Rite. One day after experiencing boredom and frustration like no other, I was trying to come up with a band name and looked at the back of the soda can I was drinking and saw various acids in the ingredients, and something just clicked.

Patch: How did you guys form as a band?

Gossard: We found Matt Whitaker through putting up flyers with broken drumsticks on them at every high school around LA - like saying our band is broken, please come fix it. I've known Ted Dubrawski for years - all through elementary school, but I hadn't made the connection that he was such a good bass player until we were in high school together. That just clinched our relationship. Mike Thompson we found through an ad in Craig's List and he's added a rougher, fatter spin to the music. Together, we put on a rock -n-roll spectacle that will damn near make your ears bleed!

Patch: What is the best show that you have ever played?

Gossard: Tucson with Hawthorne Heights last summer. We experienced something new to us: an overly-insane packed sold-out house. Fans went crazy. So many people were coming up to the merch booth. I was hard-pressed to keep track of my own name. It was so hot in there that a few of us started taking off our clothes. For the next couple of shows, Matt played drums in his underwear.

The most enjoyable show we've ever played? Well, except for the ones in Denver, it was in Salt Lake City, where we spent the night at the home of one of our Street Teamers. Their mom made us all this food and all their friends came over and the whole house was packed for several days with new friends and visitors and everyone into our music. It was great.

Patch: How about your worst concert?

Gossard: San Luis Obispo with Marcy Playground, only because all our equipment failed on us. The bass broke, guitars broke, our guitar amp kept turning itself off, the drums fell over, and the mic broke. We did what we could, still gave it our all, because you still want to give the fans a great show, but our instruments were kinda on life support. It's just another reason why we loved working with Marcy Playground. The guys were so cool - let us borrow some of their stuff. Needless to say, we were very grateful.

Patch: You guys just won an award for the best in Alternative category on the 18th Annual Billboard World Song Contest. Tell me more about that experience.

Gossard: We were really surprised by it. I had known that our manager entered us and I'd completely forgotten about it. The moment I heard, I was really excited. Winning something international like that, that prestigious, and winning it for our creativity, I'm just really proud of that.

Patch: How was playing for the Armed Forces in Kosovo and Germany?

Gossard: It was beyond our wildest dreams. We were flown to Europe to exhibit our talents for our troops and I have to say that I have never felt so blessed as to have an opportunity to drink beer and let loose with our servicemen and women after playing a solid hour set for them. In Germany, we got to see an F-16 at one of the Air Force bases. Getting to hang with these guys and learn where they're from and what they do - and some of them were our age - was just so humbling. They really are our heroes.

Patch: What is the craziest thing that has happened to you guys on the road?

Gossard: We were nearly held up at gunpoint in Seattle during the Marcy Playground tour. It was the last night of the tour for us. Our road manager Andrew Untersee went outside during our set to get a spare guitar and saw a guy in our car. He'd broken a back window and climbed in and he was in the middle of robbing us. We lost three laptops and a GPS. We're lucky it wasn't more. We're lucky nothing happened to Andrew. The guy got away. We filed a police report and had to drive home with Ted's back window taped up with duct tape and a plastic trash bag. Looked terrible, but at least it wasn't raining.

Patch: What is your favorite thing to do in West Hollywood?

Gossard: The Rainbow Bar & Grill is my favorite place to go inside and sit down and stay for a while. I have dinner there on - Patch.com


"ACIDIC’s ‘Getting Lucky’ brings Power to Sophomore Sounds [ALBUM REVIEW]"

ACIDIC’s ‘Getting Lucky’ brings Power to Sophomore Sounds [ALBUM REVIEW]

Written by Joe Wehinger. Posted in Daily Ovation, Entertainment, Featured

Tagged: Acidic, Band, Matt Whitaker, Michael Gossard, Michael Thompson, Ted Dubrawski, Wizardz of Oz producing

Published on March 01, 2011 with No Comments

ACIDIC releases their sophomore album “Getting Lucky” with growing talent from their previous effort 2009's “Ironic Dreams”. Full of energy and fun, with many transitions of feeling and message. The 12-song release aims for a love story with a muscular, young energy. Find the album here.

Lead vocal and guitar Michael Gossard, bassist and bg vocal Michael Thompson, bassist and bg vocal Ted Dubrawski, and drummer Matt Whitaker make up ACIDIC the in-demand band with tour dates criss-crossing the United Stated from summer through October of 2010 and west coast dates through 2011. For “Getting Lucky” the local Los Angeles group teamed up with the Wizardz of Oz producing team who count Liz Phair, Jason Mraz, Hawk Nelson, and Hillary Duff among their previous collaborators and this product shows palpable potential.

The album opens on “Tell me“, a bassy start with an anthem feel. A fun and poppy entrance with a growing heart. Lead vocalist Gossard brings intensity to their lyrics. ”The Big Bang” brings a very different feel. Creating a smooth and sexy feel that transitions us to the next arc of the album’s story. ”Move On” claims territory as the break-up song. Powerful strings from Thompson and Dubrawksi. Whereas “Strata Red” brings it all back together. Whitaker’s depth, Dabrawski and Thompson’s accompaniment and Gossard’s sprinkling on top with lyrics as “taste your cherry lips.”

From the results, ACIDIC plays well and often to audiences around the country. Described as a “muscular, interactive stage show” they’ve recently played Los Angeles’ Sunset Strip Music Fest, Las Vegas’ Sunset Park and upcoming on March 12 the San Diego Music Fest and back to LA on March 25 for Whiskey a Go Go.

To friend and follow ACIDIC

ACIDIC’s website
ACIDIC’s Facebook
ACIDIC’s Twitter
ACIDIC’s YouTube
ACIDIC’s MySpace
ACIDIC’s iTunes - Daily Ovation


"ACIDIC Never Tasted So Good"

Sunday, 02 January 2011 22:00
ACIDIC Never Tasted So Good
Written by Daniel Kohn

Over the past few years, Los Angeles has emerged as a city that is very kind for indie rock bands. The vibrant scene has produced some of the best rising bands in the country. ACIDIC is one of these groups. Started when in high school by lead singer and guitarist Michael Gossard and bassist Ted Dubrawski, the band has seen its profile grow immensely.

Also including guitarist Michael Thompson, and drummer Matt Whitaker, the quartet has making a name for itself in the City of Angels. They have performed at venues such as House of Blues on Sunset, Whisky A Go-Go, Knitting Factory, South by Southwest and were a featured new performer on the Main Stage at Bamboozle Left 2009.

Their sound isn’t exactly breaking boundaries, but is still catchy and anthemic nonetheless. The instrumentation is very tight and sounds like it could have been recorded during the late ‘60s. The group sounds like cagey veterans who have been making music for years rather than relative newcomers. Their recent release, Getting Lucky, is one of the better albums to come out in 2010. Featuring a nice blend of alt-rock and indie-pop, ACIDIC had several radio hits including “Maybe,” “Move On” and “Strata Red.” Gossard’s vocals are very distinguishable and between Thompson’s slick licks and the foundation layered by Dubrawski’s bass and Whitaker’s unmistakable drumming, the band has a lot going for it sonically and with some more experience, you can anticipate their songwriting to mature and potentially take the band to the next level.

In a city that prides itself on having the next big thing, don’t be surprised to hear more from ACIDIC in 2011.
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- bestnewbands.com


"ACIDIC - Getting Lucky"

Wednesday, June 9, 2010
ACIDIC - Getting Lucky

Precocious. The act of being ahead of one’s times, developing early, talented beyond any reasonable explanation for being so damn young. Yep, that pretty much describes this blazing sopomore album from just-ending teenagers, ACIDIC. Forget any preconceived notions you may have about teenage bands before you pop this on your ipod. Yeah, I know, names like The Jonas Brothers or Hanson come to mind --at least my mind-- when I think of real young bands, but trust me that’s not what we’re dealing with here.

With an average age of just 19, I had no inkling of the maturity these guys bring to their music. And rather than playing some version of a snotty, anyone-can-do-it, Green Day-by-the-numbers, pop-punk, the boys of ACIDIC make it clear that they’ve studied well under the masters of rock. Sure there’s some Green Day here, and a touch of a whine in the vocals, but it never approaches annoying. Instead, all that I hear are the massive retro-classic rock rolling riffs, punky chops, and big guitar flourishes.

Along those lines, “Strata Red,” is one of the major standout tracks here. Kicking off with a big Bonham intro, the boys barrel headfirst into a rollicking Zeppelin riff that can only be described as totally solid. The guitars drop out for the first vocal verse but come roaring back with a vengeance, chugging and spurting, big and beefy. At this moment, I guarantee you, you’ll stop thinking of these guys as a teenage band. In fact, no further mention of their youthful age will appear in this review. What we got here are some serious rockers, locked in, and blasting it out with frenzied abandon. From start to finish-- including the easy-to-chant-along chorus-- this song is a winner. “Retrograde,” also stands out as the work of a band to be reckoned with. Riding a retro-riff so big and ballsy, I bet Tony Reed, the mastermind behind Stone Axe would be nodding with approval. There’s a touch of an emo feel here, mostly in the vocals, but again this ain’t no teenage punk band. This is full-on, Ripple approved rock and roll.

While those two tracks are my standouts, they’re by no means the only strong cuts here. “Tell Me,” blazes with a slicing intensity, “Closer to the Sun,” feels like it’s the boys first neo-epic, while “The Big Bang,” is their most Green Day-ish, radio ready, should-be hit.

Ok, so the kids are young. What we got here is some serious musical maturity and some even more serious musical chops. Keep your eyes on these cats. The kids are definitely alright.

--Racer - The Ripple Effect


"I am a keen fan of the East Bay Music Scene so here's my Hot News from The East Bay CA ...."

* A Great Band called ACIDIC...recently played in the East Bay - I have been
told are a 'Very good band!' ... A lot of energy...Bunch of young fun guys and
real serious about there music......These guys drove 600 miles to do a free
show then turned around and went back home.. hows that for a band and music
dedication..They Gave away their CD just so people would hear them... These
guys want to make it...I was impressed..... CHECK EM OUT!
http://www.facebook.com/ACIDICband - PunkGlobe.com


"ACIDIC to Tour as Opening Act for THE HIGHER"



ACIDIC to Tour as Opening Act for THE HIGHER

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L.A. based modern rock band Acidic will join The Higher for several dates on their current U.S. tour. “Being able to go on tour and share our music is the best feeling in the world,” says Acidic lead singer Michael Gossard. “The Higher is a great band and we’re honoured to be sharing the stage with them.”

Tour Dates (w/ The Higher):

10/09 - Cedar Center @ Lancaster, CA
10/10 - V.V.E.C. @ Victorville, CA
10/13 - The Chain Reaction @ Anaheim, CA
10/14 - Jerry’s Pizza & Pub @ Bakersfield, CA
10/15 - The Virtual @ Modesto, CA
10/16 - The Refuge @ Cupertino, CA

Acidic recently toured as the opening act for Hawthorne Heights. Their latest CD, 'Getting Lucky' is available on iTunes and Amazon.com. For more information about Acidic, including ticket information, please visit the official website.

For more information, please visit: 'a href="http://www.acidicband.com" rel="external">www.acidicband.com. - puregrainaudio.com


"Sonic Eclectic Presents “ACIDIC”"

Sun, Sep 26 2010 | Published in Feature, Music
Sonic Eclectic Presents “ACIDIC”
By: Grace Boogie

LA has been home to great rock bands for generations. Keeping with LA tradition, alternative group, ACIDIC, is tearing it up all over America. With the lineup consisting of drummer, Matt Whitaker, guitarist Michael Thompson, lead singer/guitarist Michael Gossard, and bassist Ted Dubrawski, ACIDIC is starting a strong career at a young age. Singer/guitarist Michael Gossard talks about musical direction, new exposure, and ideas on what’s next.

Sonic Eclectic: I understand you’re a young band out in a competitive city. What do you think separates ACIDIC from other bands in your genre?

Michael Gossard: It’s the fact that we’re four individuals driven towards a common goal. Practicing. [Being in] the studio once a day. Being active on stage. Mostly a lot of interaction plus the use of tactics of operation of practicing. Also, spreading the word and constantly getting yourself out there is the main thing.

SE: So, who were some of your musical influences?

MG: Green Day, Eric Clapton, George Harrison, Virginia Paige. Lots of modern guitar players, etc.

SE: How much of a challenge was it to stand out as a group and get noticed?

MG: We had to really put down all our insecurities and just go for it. And not be afraid to approach anybody you cross paths with. No matter the genre, you just gotta put yourself out there – introduce yourself and move your music around.

SE: So what was it like touring with Hawthorne Heights?

MG: So cool. [We were] really excited to have the opportunity to tour the western US with them. We met up in Colorado, and then we went from the Northwest to Southern tip of US to Albuquerque, New Mexico.

SE: So you’ve released your second album, “Getting Lucky” earlier this year. How much of a difference was this album from your first, “Ironic Dreams”?

MG: We had producers; full production and real studio producers. Full production and product formed by the band and associates – Wizards of Oz – who’ve produced for people like Avril Lavigne and Jason Mraz.

SE: What are some of the ups and downs you’ve experienced within the industry?

MG: The up’s? Touring, clubs, releasing albums, traveling. When it comes to the downs, it was mainly waiting in between the big things. Waiting for a while. But it got us where we are now and we’re thankful for that!

SE: So how does it feel to climb the ladder of success at such a fast pace?

MG: Definitely a rung by rung type of climb. You can fall backwards sometimes, but we progressed consistently, I think. So few people right now are in a mood to extract something new and what they haven’t heard before. We’re finding that we’re able to change people’s minds [about the band] and it’s encouraging.

SE: What’s important to you when it comes to writing songs?

MG: Honestly? It’s just about the importance of randomness–inspiration comes from everywhere. It sort of resonates in a musician’s life.

SE: Is there any advice you have for other upcoming artist/bands out there?

MG: Practice every day. Seriously.

SE: Where do you see ACIDIC in 10 years?

MG: Grammy’s in 10 years!

ACIDIC have developed a sound all their own. “Ironic Dreams”, which was self-produced, was released last April. But, Gossard encourages any new listeners to their newest project, “Getting Lucky”, released in March. Particularly, he insists that the song entitled, “Maybe” is a winner for new fans. Its seems this young, energetic, sky rocketing group has nowhere to go but up. And they don’t have to worry – we’ll be listening.

- Sonic Eclectic


"ACIDIC: Getting Lucky"

L.A. rockers Acidic are back with its new record Getting Luck. The poppy choruses on such songs as “The Big Bang” can instantly stick in a listener’s head and the guitar riffs of Michael Thompson and the melodic vocals of frontman Michael Gossard drive this punky track forward. “Closer to the Sun” is another top notch track with a drummer Matt Whitaker pounding a grooving beat under thin guitars. The dissonant background howls add to an already great song.

When listening to this record, the diversity of the music is this album’s strong point. Unlike the monotony of contemporary rock bands, Acidic keep things interesting which is a must for good music. Other recommended tracks include “Liar” with an into guitar riff that recalls Papa Roach and the thumping devilish rock n’ roll of “Strata Red”. With great songs and strong musicianship, Acidic are poised to be a top draw in the next year and would easily climb to the top of genre in desperate need of some new blood.

Getting Lucky is one of those records that should appeal to most rock fans and one can only hope that this band achieves greater stardom in an era where rock music’s popularity is waning. So for a person looking to add a new album to their record collection or in need of checking out a new band live, Acidic’s Getting Lucky is right up your alley. In fact, one would be unlucky to not give this record a listen… or two.

Visit online at: www.acidicband.com

Review by Jerel Johnson - Target Audience magazine


"ACIDIC: July 15 @ The Troubadour"

Music: Live Show Reviews
Acidic: July 15 @ The Troubadour
By Emmanuelle Troy
Acidic

Entering the Acidic show at the Troubadour, I noticed a few kids at the door who seemed more excited than any of the eager fans who were standing in line to get in. A few minutes later, I noticed those kids were actually taking their positions on stage. Those kids began rocking; those kids were in the band Acidic.

The band brought so much energy to the show that, by the third song, vocalist Mike Gossard was in the crowd singing. By the fourth song, the crowd had already seen guitars held high in the air to go along with some great catchy choruses and even a behind-the-back guitar solo to compliment the infectious hooks.

Having played together since high school, the tightness of the showed as the members of the band played fluidly and with confidence as if there were a thousand people watching down below them, even showing the crowd their love of good music with a cover of the Beatles’ “Come Together.”

Acidic did come together that night to rock, and judging by their performance, when their time does come to play in front of a thousand people, they will be ready.
Article posted on 8/4/2010 - Campus Circle Magazine


"Meet ACIDIC On Their Way Up"

Meet ACIDIC On Their Way Up
Aug 20, 2010 - By Sasha Patpatia
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ACIDIC is not “just another young rock band.” Though they may look it, their music phenomenally surpassed my expectations and the music being created by those around them. The four piece alternative rock band hails from Los Angeles, and lists their influences ranging from Motley Crue to Queen. They look like a group of angsty teenagers taking out their high school tribulations on their pricey sound systems, but when I turned on the single “Maybe”, off of their new album Getting Lucky, I realized how wrong my initial judgments were…

There must be four 30-something’s hiding behind the curtain, because these four young musicians carry the sound and quality of music that their idol-bands are currently producing. As the album continued their style began to make an impression– they sound like a mix of Relient K and Hawthorne Heights, a pleasant throwback to the 90’s with a contemporary spin. “Strata Red” is another track that showcases the band’s musical talent. Matt Whitaker, ACIDIC’s drummer, projects the song into high gear with steady and precise rhythm. The song is described as a “crowd pleaser” for good reason, as it quickly grows on you by the time they reach the chorus.

acidic 8 24010 b Meet ACIDIC On Their Way UpACIDIC may not appeal to everyone looking for their next favorite up and coming indie rock band at the moment. While the four boys are talented at their craft, there were times where some of their lyrics seemed a bit typical and angsty… even whiny at times. Give them some time to mature and progress and you’ve got yourself the “next big thing” in rock.

The band recently wrapped their first U.S. tour opening for Hawthorne Heights, a band whose journey is similar to that of ACIDIC. To have the opportunity to tour with a major rock band is a great one, and has not gone unnoticed by the boys. Whitaker believes that “the direction of the band seems to be going nowhere but up”, a statement made based on the positive press and attention.

So what is next for the young band with already so much accomplished? With Geting Lucky as their sophomore, ACIDIC is focused on promoting and introducing their music to listeners in any way possible. They have already gotten the attention from multiple music publications and bloggers, a feat that takes a lot of commitment and promoting from any band.

Whether it’s playing energetic shows at major venues (House of Blues on Sunset, The Knitting Factory, and SXSW Music Festival, just to name a few) or shooting music videos for crowd pleasing songs, ACIDIC is a name that you can expect to hear again soon. - BeatCrave.com


"The Canyon Club"

"One of my favorite bands to work with. They have a huge draw, promote like crazy, and put on one hell of a live show. ACIDIC is welcome at the Canyon Club anytime!"
- Justin Edbrooke, chief booker


""Getting Lucky""

LA band Acidic have a solid release in "Getting Lucky". The 12 track sophomore album brings me back to the summer post high school graduation. Just old enough to have real angst, but not really any other cares besides having fun. It would be a surprise if teenagers everywhere couldn't relate to every song. The alternative rock band has unique vocals a bit of a dark undertone and sets itself apart from today's pop-punk invasion. The majority of their angst comes from what else- girls. Most listeners will appreciate the band's bold approach to dealing with their relationship woahs, showing that not much can keep them down.

The first track "Tell Me" sets a great tone ; it's catchy and hooks you in, the chorus will be stuck in your head well after the album in over. Acidic has taken cues from their rock influences and keep the momentum going. Their is an obvious hit in "Strata Red" where vocalist Mike Gossard is obsessing over a girl that is taking up his every thought. The song opens with the boy yearning to see his girl, captivated by her "eyes, hips and cherry lips". The next track is one of the few slower songs on the album, but doesn't leave the listener bored- it's one of those tracks that will sucker in the girls by showing off the bands softer side. There are plenty of opportunities to kick the album back up with songs like "Liar" that has a distinctive opening guitar riff, followed by "Waiting For Someone" and "Retrograde". The last track on the album "Maybe" makes sure to leave a positive lasting impression. There is an undeniable catchiness to Acidic's whole album that fans of pop/rock/alternative music will love. For a band this young to be able to fit in with the likes of Green Day, Mest, and The Deftones is quite a feat.

While Acidic might not be breaking new ground with "Getting Lucky" they are certainly making a name for themselves. If their live show is as engaging as their full length, these guys will be packing venues in no time. Having already rocked SXSW 2010, great things will be in Acidic's future- I know I can't wait to share their album with every teenager I know. - MuzikReviews.com


"ACIDIC: Local teen rock band makes waves in music; plays over 50 gigs a year"

ACIDIC: Local teen rock band makes waves in music; plays over 50 gigs a year

September 1, 2009 by Karen
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aniBY ANI OKKASIAN

“Here. You’re going to need these,” says a salt-and-pepper haired band manager, Mary Lyon, as she hands out orange ear plugs, “we get real loud in here,” she boasts.

In a closet-like rehearsal space at the end of an oddly-scented hallway complete with brown shag carpet and asylum like fluorescent lighting, the exuberant bandmates of ACIDIC can be heard quoting the mockumentary, Spinal Tap, and having all-night jam sessions. Sandwiched between other bands renting rooms in the Culver City commercial space, ACIDIC finds themselves trying to compete with their neighbors: an all-girl Goth screamo band and a Michael Jackson enthusiast.
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(L-R) ACIDIC bandmembers: Drummer Matt Whitaker, lead singer/guitarist Mike Gossard, bassist bassist Ted Dubrawski. Photo: Courtesy ACIDIC

“The walls are about this thin,” gestures 19-year-old bassist Ted Dubrawski, “but luckily, we go up to 11,” he laughs. Along with their 11 point speakers their rehearsal space houses racks of guitars, loose wires, spray painted decor and haphazard blue painter’s tape securing sketches, lyrics, set lists etc., to the gray walls.

Huddled in a circle with their instruments 17-year- old lead singer, guitarist and main song writer, Mike Gossard, guides his band into rehearsal with a lively rendition of The Beatles’ “Come Together,” subconsciously attempting to prove their legitimacy as a young band.
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Crespi Carmelite senior, Mike Gossard, is the lead singer, guitarist and song writer for ACIDIC. Photo: Ani Okkasian

Drummer Matt Whitaker, a Loyola Marymount student and oldest of the group at 19, executes the song with such precision and strength it’s hard to imagine the tenacious teen battling childhood leukemia , which left him relying on his miniature custom drum kit for a much-needed distraction.

Gossard , who is currently a senior at Crespi Carmelite High School in Tarzana, also got an early start in music. “He picked up a guitar at the age of 3 and did this weird Pete Townshend, Elvis thing,” chuckles manager/mother Mary Lyon, “Sometimes you just see talent manifest itself.” Since then Gossard grew up making music his primary focus: getting involved in music videos, musical theater, and even opening up for the Misfits and Blue Oyster Cult while playing in various bands before ACIDIC.
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ACIDIC drummer Matt Whitaker is a Loyola Marymount student. Photo: Ani Okkasian

Dubrawski, a recent Crespi graduate, also had a musical career before their current band playing bass with a death metal group performing at Whisky a Go Go and the Knitting Factory. When not on stage, or rehearsing barefoot, you can find the tattoo-clad, platinum blonde surfer catching some waves before he starts his semester at the Musicians Institute in Hollywood this fall. Their musical background is evident in their live performances.

Mike Thompson, a sweet-tempered 19-year-old guitarist trying out with the band to become a possible fourth member can see it, “They are 3 of the most talented musicians I’ve played with and I’ve played with some older musicians before.” The jury is still out on if Thompson is cut out for a band that practices every single night for the past year and a half straight. “There have been 14 people in this band and three of them ended up in rehab,” Whitaker amuses himself. “As the songs get tighter you give yourself license to develop your stage presence,” says a wise beyond his years Gossard.

After 51 live shows in the last 52 weeks or so, they have perfected a high energy performance style that they affectionately refer to as “seizure tactics.”
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ACIDIC bassist Ted Dubrawski is a recent Crespi Carmelite graduate and will be attending the Musician's Institute in Hollywood. Photo: Ani Okkasian

“When I’m on stage I don’t remember anything,” explains Dubrawski, “I only remember when I mess up and when I get on and off.” Though they get a good response from their audience, the members of ACIDIC are far more critical of their performance, “there’s only been two times where I thought we had a great show,” the bassist states. Even in a near perfect rehearsal set earlier in the evening, which included a bold attempt on a Beatles classic, ACIDIC lost steam and botched one of their own songs reminding the audience that they are still a young band.

Despite their young age, the bandmates are well aware of what it takes to make it in the business and are willing to put in the work and then some. ACIDIC shows their soft side by playing at leukemia charity events and also donated half the proceeds from their debut album, “Ironic Dreams” to the East Valley Animal Shelter which took in animals from the Sylmar fire.

In a short time, ACIDIC has built a rapidly growing fan base, while cr - MyDailyFind.com


"Kickin’ ACIDIC at The Whisky"

Kickin’ ACIDIC at The Whisky

Posted by Rob Swick on April 15, 2010 ·
Local lads unveil sophomore CD, “Get Lucky”

AcidicWhat a treat it was for Southland music fans to behold ACIDIC, a band long known to All Access Magazine, standing strong and delivering a hefty helping of hot new music on the venerable stage of Hollywood’s Whisky-A-Go-Go. It has been almost three years since an earlier incarnation of ACIDIC competed in a battling-band contest in Northridge, and that playing-to-win spirit remained brightly evident on Friday, April 9, when ACIDIC brought to life a slew of songs from their new CD, “Getting Lucky,” for an eager houseful of friends and fans. And lucky listeners got luckier still, finding that on a table in back, band manager Mary Lyon and her helpful minions had provided platefuls of magnificent munchies to complement ACIDIC’s tasty tunes. There were lots of big chocolate-chip cookies, cellophane-wrapped and sporting ACIDIC’s trademarked green logo. One tray of good-looking morsels bore a sign that said “Chocolate-Covered Bacon” – huh, what will they think of next?!? – and when a bystander confirmed this was true, at least one vegetarian attendee skipped those innovative tidbits, favoring instead the chocolate-dipped marshmallows that sat atop the spread’s central tower of cookies. And as an added bonus, fans were given chic black-and-green ACIDIC wristbands, made from recycled silicone, how green indeed! (But hmm, where did that silicone come from?!?)

When the band came on at 9 p.m., they fired on all cylinders while belting out the punchy first two tracks from the new CD, “Tell Me” and “The Big Bang.” Sound quality was outstanding, letting each instrument hold its own in a well-balanced mix that also permitted vocal clarity. Lead guitarist/vocalist Michael Gossard interfaced expertly with new guitarist Michael Thompson, as the two produced walls of sonic texture that were busy but not blurry. Moving on to an older tune, “Strata Red,” Gossard set down his guitar and made a foray off the stage and into the crowd. With a segue into “Roadhouse Blues,” the young frontman paid homage to the memory of a Whisky regular from days gone by, Jim Morrison, whose picture is still found on the club’s wall. Concluding his offstage excursion with The Beatles’ “Come Together,” Gossard returned to center-stage for the title cut from ACIDIC’s debut CD, “Ironic Dreams.” The band then did much more than okay with a song called “It’s OK,” following with “Waiting for Someone” and then the ruggedly roiling “Black Box.” For that fixture ditty, Thompson again handled six-string duties while Gossard headed offstage to press the flesh some more. Next, a new song called “No Name” featured Thompson plucking out the opening instrumental line riff, with Gossard joining in to add driving chords, while the two vocalized in savory rock harmony. This pattern was repeated for the set-closer, “Liar,” which was highlighted not only by a tasteful lead from Gossard, but also by the spontaneous eruption of a friendly mosh-pit near the stage, featuring smiling rather than sneering participants, and good-natured nudges in place of punkish slams. And all those happy fans simply couldn’t let the lads leave without an encore, so after a hearty round of cheers and applause, ACIDIC’s triumphant CD-release party ended with the aptly-titled “Retrograde.” Gossard broke out the wah-wah pedal for the vintage riff on his red Fender, with Thompson chiming in while drummer Matt Whitaker laid down fluid rolls and bassist Ted Dubrawski added his own lowdown electric thunder.

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There’s no denying what a strong asset Mike Thompson is to an already-accomplished outfit. Ted is also a fine singer, but it seems he might have held back on his own supporting vocals a bit, just because the tonal mesh achieved between the “two Mikes on two mics” was already so solid. It’s great to see Michael Gossard continuing to grow as a seasoned, engaging frontman, with the whole band putting polish on their chops, becoming ever more professional in their presentation – while retaining the distinctive heart and soul of their rock-and-roll. With such a band, a show, and a new record like this, it looks like everybody, all the way around, is “Getting Lucky” with ACIDIC!

http://allaccessmagazine.com/2010/04/15/acidic-live/ - All Access Magazine


"ACIDIC releases "Getting Lucky""

ACIDIC releases “Getting Lucky”

Posted by Rob Swick on April 15, 2010 ·
Local band hits jackpot with new CD

AcidicHere comes this young yet capable Southland outfit once again, busting loose with a second album, and be sure of this: it’s a winner. “Getting Lucky,” the new collection that was showcased at ACIDIC’s CD release party at The Whisky on April 9th, contains twelve tracks of tasteful, thoughtful modern rock, marking a forward step that maintains the band’s already-established vibe and momentum. You’ll find new versions of two songs from “Ironic Dreams,” ACIDIC’s previous album: “Strata Red” and “Move On,” and both benefit from the re-working. The fact is, while “Ironic Dreams” was a solid effort and fully worthy as a debut disk, it is plain that the band has gained in technique and has grown even further as a lean, keen, rockin’ machine. Plus, lead singer-guitarist Michael Gossard keeps on writing more of those inventive lyrics, giving novel nods to the highs and lows of love and life — and by combining them with catchy melodies, that adds up to a winning combo on all fronts. Match that with superb production by “The Wizardz Of Oz” in Sherman Oaks, and you’ve got a bundle of tuneage that’s already making its mark on the indie and college scenes.

Fresh songs such as “Closer to the Sun,” “Tell Me,” “No Name,” and “Big Bang” show how Gossard and fellow guitarist-vocalist Michael Thompson shift so effectively between choppy chords and tuneful strumming. This compilation doesn’t aim to be a guitar-hero shredfest, and all songs are under four minutes, but each piece is an artistically satisfying snapshot of feelings in motion. Spot-on bassist Ted Dubrawski helps out with background vocals, contributing to a tone that’s often almost Beatle-like in its sweetness. And on another classic note, it was observed that when ACIDIC played the song “Retrograde” live, it was a riff-intensive composition that seemed to owe a bit to Led Zeppelin’s “Moby Dick.” No, drummer Matt Whitaker didn’t head out on an extended drum solo at the show, nor on the recording, but he surely has the skills to do so if he chose to, and it would fit. The CD closes with a hauntingly melodic song entitled “Maybe,” which leaves the listener assured that Michael Gossard and his bandmates have the ears for good tunes, the chops to lay them down, and the technical support to make them sound good, very good indeed. With this album, it’s more than luck – it’s also skill and heart.

http://allaccessmagazine.com/2010/04/15/acidic/ - All Access Magazine


"ACIDIC: July 24 @ Whisky a Go Go"

Acidic: July 24 @ Whisky a Go Go
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Acidic? Quite the Opposite!

Acidic is a good band with a lot of energy. They are professionals with a clean style who are able to achieve an energetic stage presence while still appearing like three very approachable guys.

Also worth noting, in a town of creative flakes, these young artists seem to have things pretty well worked out. Their songs are crisp and each performer is comfortable enough with each song that they’re able to have fun on stage. If every act in Hollywood were like that … well, one can only dream.

I guess the only real problem I have with Acidic is their name. Only because their solid rock songs and jovial, happy stage demeanor left me feeling cheerful and optimistic.

Bassist and background vocalist Ted Dubrawski – who jumps and hops on stage like a wild man – is very fun to watch.

I have heard Acidic be compared to Green Day more than once. If I could let my personal bias seep through for one second: Acidic’s music has much more promise than Green Day’s, and I hope people let them blaze their own trail.

http://www.campuscircle.com/review.cfm?r=9191 - Campus Circle Magazine


"ACIDIC Navigates the Los Angeles Music Scene"

ACIDIC Navigates the Los Angeles Music Scene
July 29, 2009
By Steven Bryan
AssociatedContent.com
This Three-Piece Band Plays the Top Music Venues in Los Angeles

Los Angeles is home to many musicians and groups, each one hoping to make their mark in the music industry. The three members of Acidic, an alternative rock band, have the necessary discipline, desire and patience to survive the challenges of the LA music scene. "There are a lot of up-and-coming bands in LA, but we hope we are set apart by our music. It's just a train ride that's going all over the place," said Michael Gossard, lead singer and guitarist for Acidic.

"A splash of color on a Jackson Pollock painting"

In a telephone interview with Associated Content, Gossard said that being an up-and-coming band in Los Angeles is like "a splash of color on a Jackson Pollock painting. "It's all over the place. We push really hard and we've gained some respect. It's really difficult in the beginning because getting into the club scene, you have to find a promoter who's willing to give a band who hasn't played at clubs a chance, which is kind of difficult," he said.

Other challenges a band faces, Gossard said, are practicing enough and getting their stuff together enough to really wow a crowd. "Our past shows and our past crowd reactions have shown that is the case so far," he said. "We've played the Whiskey-A-Go-Go several times. We play the Knitting Factory fairly often; we played the Derby before it closed down."

Acidic Searches for a Four Guitar Player

Currently, Acidic is composed of three core members: Gossard, bassist Ted Dubrawski and drummer Matt Whitaker. The band has been playing three-piece shows, but Gossard said they'd like to add a fourth guitar player. "Finding a good guitar player is harder than getting through the traffic here. Everybody plays guitar, but no one has been on stage. They live way out North, South, East or West. In the end, we'll find the right person-it's just a matter of waiting for them," he said.

The other challenge is finding a member who will fit in with the tightly-knit members of Acidic. "We're all like best friends. I just got back from a trip to Vegas with Matt; I never expected to be this close with my band mates. That's not saying I didn't want to be, but you would not believe it. We spend every day together. There's got to be that spark there and finding it is just a devil of a task," Gossard said.

Acidic Enjoying the Opportunities of the Los Angeles Music Scene

Overall, Gossard said that it is an interesting adventure being a band in LA. "There's never enough of anything and there's never too much of everything. It's an anomaly because when are you going to have an opportunity like this, to be in a band in the music scene in LA," he said.

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"ACIDIC - Getting Lucky"

Written By: Kendra Beltran
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Today a young rock band usually consists of four to five cute guys adorned in skinny jeans and over sized Nikes who sing the same note on repeat. Acidic is not one of those bands. While young, very young, their album Getting Lucky sets them apart from their peers. Los Angeles born and bred, the four lads who make up Acidic are Mike Gossard, Ted Dubrawski, Matt Whitaker and Michael Thompson. They’re actors, college goers, a surfer and a cancer survivor. But at the end of the day they’re four men who’ve found their niche playing music together. They were recently opening up for Hawthorne Heights and next on the agenda they’ll be supporting The Ataris in their hometown. Then soon after that they’ll be hitting up the Whisky A Go Go during the annual Sunset Strip Music Festival.

Getting Lucky. The title reminded me of Simple Plan’s 2004’s Still Not Getting Any…. however, instead of pop punk audiences get a mature sound that is a throwback to 90's rock. It’s no surprise they have a song called “Retrograde” because their sound has a retro, okay like a decade ago, but still retro sound; from the epic breakdowns in “No Name” to the heartfelt delivery of “It’s Ok.” Even their band’s logo has a classic look that instantly reminded me of some straight up 90’s video game graphics, amazing.

From the past to the present, “Tell Me,” the first track on Getting Lucky tells listeners what Acidic’s all about; rock without a gimmick. The chorus is catchy, but what good song doesn’t have a hook to grab people by? As mentioned before, this is a young band, barely legal, but “ Strata Red” would have you second guessing. It’s a sexy tune that because of the style will have them gaining a few cougars for sure.

Speaking of the older crowd, you know that classic joke your third grade teacher would tell, “Why was six afraid of seven? Because seven eight nine.” Well in regards to Getting Lucky, it’s because seven tag-teamed with eight to kill the party. Everything is going great on the album and then you hit this wall constructed of two songs that are ready to crumble. They slow the pace down and make you want to head straight for the “skip” button.
Acidic has a sound unlike a lot of the newer bands trying to make in today’s music world, and because of that, their album Getting Lucky is in a class of it’s own graduating at the top. With a portion of sales going to charity, it warms the heart to know not all artists are it in for the girls, money and fame. Okay maybe some of that, but what young guy isn’t into that?

Label: Independent- Rating: out of


Anyways, if you’re a fan of Taproot’s rock and Green Day’s vocals you’ll be lucky to get Acidic’s Getting Lucky, out now. And to keep up with everything Acidic, head over to their MySpace, Facebook, and Twitter.? - cwgmagazine.com


"Hawthorne Heights at the Troubadour"

Written By: Kendra Beltran
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Photos By: Karen Curley

I usually spend my weeknights watching Jeopardy trying to master the “Daily Doubles.” My date with Alex Trebek was haltered by plans to see Hawthorne Heights and company take over The Troubadour. It was a typical Thursday evening in West Hollywood. 9 to 5's waiting on the metro to go home, nightlife seekers on their way to the bars, streets alive with vigor and a rock band on the edge of town ready to give it a go. That night had Hawthorne Heights sharing the stage with local band, Acidic, PMToday and The Story Changes ; an eclectic buffet for fans to eat up.

The heat from the day had carried over into the night. Everyone seemed drained as the fans who wandered in early were all too chill. Energies rose a bit when the show finally started. Local boys, Acidic took the stage and had a decent draw; you got to love friends and family for their support. Acidic looked like a band straight from a high school talent showcase, but didn’t sound or perform like it. During “Black Box,” lead singer Mike Gossard took the show to the fans. With mic in hand he leapt in the crowd and got in fans’ faces. While the set was made up of songs of their own, it was their Beatles cover, “Come Together,” that stuck in my head throughout the night. It takes balls to cover The Beatles and props to Acidic for taking charge. Mike raved about the fun he and the guys were having on the road with Hawthorne Heights. He said they may be on future dates of the tour, but nothing’s set in stone. Right now they’re just focusing on the now, boosting Acidic awareness and playing with The Smashing Pumpkins and The Ataris in the coming months.

As the clock ticked, the crowd trickled in one little clique at a time. The ones who found their way in by the second band got a dose of PMToday. They’re a progressive rock band that I’ll never understand, but for the people who are into it, good for them. They had some folks in the crowd getting down to their quintessential Mars Volta like riffs. I however, wasn’t one of them, but as I always say…to each their own.

Things took a style turn as the next band, guys, came on. The Story Changes changed what is expected. Instead of The Troubadour’s small stage being overrun with members, a duo took the stage. With Poppy on drums and Mark McMillon handling the guitar and vocals, I was more than impressed two men were able to execute the sound of a five piece band. Aphrodite Wilson had the same thoughts, “They sounded better than I expected considering they only had two members.”

You can plan all you want, but time holds for no one. A little behind schedule, Hawthorne Heights finally took the place. Their intro could’ve been straight out of a Tim Burton, Johnny Depp mash up; epic to say the least. Kicking things into gear with “This Is Who We Are,” Hawthorne Heights took control; mixing in both new and old, the set was a well received variety. The band played their asses off, and a handful of fans sang along just as hard, but for the most part…the crowd was dull. Heights fan of five years, Steve Fortier, was into it from start to finish and noticed the crowd’s lack of energy as well. He believes Hawthorne Heights is one of the greatest bands he’s ever had the pleasure of hearing and wished the LA crowds could be more than “scenesters” just trying to be cool by going to shows.

As the night went on lead singer JT Woodruff kept reminding fans to download their new album Skeletons, legally. Because a ticket bought online for their show got fans a download card. In these economic times, JT said, “Nobody’s too cool for free music.” Everyone knows the LA crowds are glued to their Blackberrys, and JT poked fun at that. After the crowd’s sing along to “Silver Bullet” he was quick to say, “Well I guess it’s hard to sing and type on your Blackberrys at the same time.”

Almost three years ago Hawthorne Heights lost their friend, band mate, screamer, Casey Calvert. While it’s still weird to hear Micah Carli taking over the reigns, he’s doing a superb job executing. Closing their set with renowned hits, “ Ohio is for Lovers” and “ Niki FM” was a perfect way to cap off the night.

Four bands, three hours, two members in The Story Changes and one great show. The LA crowd couldn’t put a damper on Hawthorne Heights and company’s performances and it’s a great thing they didn’t or else I would’ve been pissed I missed Jeopardy. You can catch Hawthorne Heights through the end of July. And for the whereabouts of Acidic, PMToday and The Story Changes, you can head over to their Facebooks’ and “like” them, or their MySpaces’…but who’s on that still?

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"Vents Interviews - ACIDIC"

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Where the band's name came from? Michael Gossard: The side of a diet soda can (I think it was Diet Rite Cola or something). I was reading the side of the can with all the ingredients on it. Lots of complicated chemicals and acids and stuff - acidic. And that sounded good! We wanted to come up with something that we liked better than Walking to Purgatory.

How the band started?? Gossard: One day I got lonely and ... Well, I started it three years ago, with my friend Kyle Lynch who I taught to play the drums. And he was pretty damn good for never doing anything like that before. We needed more than that so we got his brother Christopher to play bass, and I taught him too. After about a year they had to concentrate more on school so it wasn't gonna work out. We found Matt Whitaker at Loyola High School after putting signs up with "Drummer Wanted" and some broken drumsticks on them - in pretty much every high school in L.A., and he saw the our flyer and called up. Ted Dubrawski was a year ahead of me in elementary school and we kinda knew each other but not really well, until we both wound up at the same high school. He was already in a band and turned me down when I asked him to come be our bass player. But then his band broke up and he was interested. So we had that core of three but we wanted another guitar player to round us out. We tried out several guitar players but had to keep looking for the Just Right one. Finally we put an ad in Craig's List and Michael Thompson answered it. That was last August. And it's been clear sailing ever since!
What's the message to transmit with your music?? Gossard: Don't be afraid to express yourself in your own creative way, and enjoy life! Ted Dubrawski: And don't take anything too seriously!!!!!!

What's your method at the time of writing a song?? Gossard: Random. It's kinda hard to say what's gonna happen - it's always different. I keep notebooks with lyrics and thoughts and ideas in them, and I goof around on the guitar a lot and come up with riffs I like.

Which is your music influences?? Gossard, Dubrawski, Matt Whitaker, Michael Thompson: Everybody from Robert Johnson to Aerosmith, Janis Joplin, The Who, Beatles, Led Zep, John Coltrane, Nine Inch Nails, uh - as we said - well, everybody!

What plans do you have for the future?? Dubrawski: TOUR!!!! A LOT!!!!!!

Which has been the funniest prank you have been or took part while on tour or after a show?? Gossard, Dubrawski, Whitaker, Thompson: On tour with Hawthorne Heights, The Story Changes, and PM Today a few weeks ago - we were on the road from Tucson to Albuquerque and we mooned PM Today from our car! We mooned Poppy from The Story Changes too but I don't think he saw us. He threw one of our frisbees onstage.

If you were stranded in the middle of nowhere after a show or while on tour. The help is 100 miles away from where you are, ¿Who would you send to look for help? And if while the rest wait, there's no food and the only way to feed yourself is by eating each other, ¿Who would you eat first? Dubrawski, Whitaker: Send Andrew Untersee (our Road Manager)! And Zane Taylor (our "Utility Belt") if available. Gossard: And I'd have to go too because I'm the only one with the credit card! Who would we eat first? Dubrawski: It's been proven that drummers can play with only one arm, so Matt would give up an arm. Whitaker: Hey - we should eat Thompson! His shins! Thompson: You would NOT want to eat me because I'd taste really horrible, especially if we're stranded and I haven't showered. Ted you give up a shin! Dubrawski: Well maybe - but I'd be kinda tough. I guess I'd give up a shin.

Which country you guys would love to play? Gossard, Dubrawski, Whitaker, Thompson: India! Iraq! Germany!

With which bands you guys would love to share stage?? Gossard, Dubrawski, Whitaker, Thompson: Green Day, Queens of the Stone Age, Paramore, Anberlin, Muse, Red Hot Chili Peppers! Nine Inch Nails!

Are you OK, with the direction the band is going actually? Gossard, Dubrawski, Whitaker, Thompson: HELL YEAH!!!

Check out more from ACIDIC by going to: www.myspace.com/acidicband - Vents Magazine


"So Cal Rockers ACIDIC and Their Brand-Spanking New CD "Getting Lucky""

SO CAL ROCKERS ACiDiC
AND THEiR BRAND-SPANKiNG NEW CD 'GETTiNG LUCKY'
http://www.rockwired.com/gettingluckycd.jpgAUGUST 16, 2010 - The state of California has lost some of its luster thanks to hard economic times and predictions of the place slipping and falling into the Pacific. In the latter part fo the nineties in the early aughts, the California rock sound was punctuated by four-to-the-floor rhythms and slick punk pop guitar chords and it all got dubbed So Cal. Now that we're well into the second decade of the millenium, the pop soundscape has gone heavy into electronics but that hasn't stopped the fellas from ACIDC from sticking to the urgent So-Cal sound that their older brothers used to listen to. The band's new CD 'GETTING LUCKY' is resounding success of a rock n roll recording that has more to do with persistence and hard work than mere luck. That is not to say that the production value brought to the project by the Australian production team THE WIZARDZ OF OZ (LIZ PHAIR, JASON MRAZ, AVRIL LAVIGNE) doesn't give the band's tales of woe and awe a good radio friendly polishing, but ACIDIC is one rock foursome that is smart enough to turn out flawless pop rock tunes that aren't afraid to go a little deeper than the norm.
YOU CAN DOWNLOAD THIS EDiTiON OF ROCKWiRED RADiO HERE!!!
- Rockwired.com


"Save Our Surf - 08 03 10"

Save Our Surf 08-03-10
August 10th, 2010

Listen to Michelle’s Interviews w/actor Chad Lowe and others from the recent Save Our Surf event in Huntington Beach.
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"KOCP-FM Ventura"

"These guys have what it takes; the youthful exuberance of Green Day with Coldplay sensitivity. They have found their voice and have a familiar yet original sound that will resonate with today's audience."

- The Insane Darrel Wayne, Ex-KROQ personality, KOCP-FM Ventura, Owner of KTHO-AM So. Lake Tahoe, CA


"The Octopus 95.9 FM"

"That is one hot little band with a BIG potential. I swear Michael already has the cut of a major rock star and relates so well to the crowd.

I'll see them again, anytime...please keep me posted."


- Damion, pioneering Southern California FM rock jock, Dial Global.net, KLOS-FM, KLSX-FM, KMET-FM,


"WXOJ 103.3 FM, Florence, MA"

"Oh man, love the lyrics. Cool tune! ("Lost the Will)" - Rikk Desgres, WXOJ 103.3 FM, Florence, MA, ValleyFree Radio.org


"Mixed Notes - "'Beautiful' Results for ACIDIC""

"Beautiful," a song by Los Angeles band ACIDIC off their recent album "Creatures," presently holds the No. 1 Indie Record for spins on Mediabase, a radio source for monitored airplay information. "Creatures" was produced by Multiplatinum award-winning producer John Ryan (Styx, Santana, Lynyerd Skynyrd, Allman Brothers). Pictured at the 2015 Radio Contraband Conference in Las Vegas (l-r): Josh Bennett, Max Myrick, Michael Gossard, and Matt Whitaker. For additional information, contact Doug Deutsch Publicity Services at dougdeutschpr@gmail.com - Music Connection Magazine


"Q&A with lead singer of ACIDIC"

Deemed "the hardest-working, hottest young rock band in Southern California," according to their website's homepage, four-piece band ACIIDC's on-and-off touring for nearly a year has led them back to Bloomington to play a show at Six Strings Club. After playing a handful of previous shows in the area, ACIIDC is excited to be back to promote their newest album entitled "Creatures."

Michael Gossard, ACIDIC's lead singer and frontman, took some time to speak with me about the band's love for the Midwest, inspiration behind "Creatures," Justin Bieber, and much in between.

The Vedette: ACIDIC has played shows all over the country, including Bloomington on a handful of occasions. Why the continuous return? Trying to engage with the college demographic, perhaps?

Gossard: We've been playing Bloomington since about 2012 and just keep on coming back, and people keep coming to see us, so we keep coming back. Our first show here was at the Castle Theater (with another band), and our show before this one we headlined the Castle Theater, which was pretty cool, and it was pretty packed up. It was just a great time so we're doing Six Strings because our buddy is in a band who played at the Castle, so we're gonna play their after party, and that'll be a lot of fun. We just keep coming back and people keep coming out.

V: The first track on "Creatures" is actually titled "Chicago." I'm sure that track name should be well received here in Illinois. Was there any particular inspiration behind that?

G: Actually yes there was, it vaguely has to do with Chicago. I was backstage at a music festival in Long Beach, California and I met the guy who wrote "Eye of the Tiger," and he lives and works in Chicago, and I'm an engineer, like I'm a recording engineer. So I went back to my studio and I set up a session and I made this working title "Chicago," and I sent it off to the band's producer and he was like "it's perfect, don't touch the name" and so that's why it's named "Chicago." But I mean we love the city. I mean, you put me in front of an Italian beef sandwich and I'll be a happy camper.

V: You're currently on tour with your newest album "Creatures." Since you're originally from the West Coast, is it rewarding to play shows in the Midwest and still be well received all the way over here?

G: Absolutely. On the West Coast, that's where our friends and family are, but when we come out here we have a whole different kind of friends and family. And this is probably my favorite part of the country because there's actual seasons here, like the leaves are all orange right now, which is wonderful coming from a land of perpetual summer. We've always loved coming to the Midwest - something about Chicago we love, and we love Bloomington-Normal. Normal is the first place any of us ever got arrested. From Ohio to Kansas City, which is pretty much the gate to the Midwest, we've had some amazing times out here.

V: A few online music articles covering your band have touched upon your classic-rock influences, like The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, and The Doors. Does "Creatures" reflect or inspire these influences at all?

G: We're inspired by almost everything under the sun except for Justin Bieber.

V: Are you a Bieber hater?

G: Well you know I mean, I was gonna say we're Beliebers but then I'd probably have to kill the whole band. But yeah, we admire him for his financial status. But I'll tell you what, if you play some music we like we'll probably find a way to fit it into one iota of a song we'd write. If you put the kind of music we listen to in, you get kind of an amalgamation of all of it out.

V: So does it reflect certain classic rock, and other genres as well?

G: I would say it's classic rock, modern rock, a little bit of heavy metal, alternative rock, and a little bit of just some random stuff that we're not really sure where it came from but we're glad it's there now.

V: Well then there's something for everyone I suppose.

G: There is something for everyone. I mean, there's something for you, there's something for me, there's something for you know, hipsters on the east coast, something for hipsters on the west coast, there's something for metal heads... something for everybody.

V: So over all, which track off of "Creatures" is your most treasured?

G: My personal favorite track is going to be track number 5 which is called "Artists Under Siege (Are You Ready To Go)." I like that song. I wrote that song in the van before we were on Warped Tour, and it's a reflection of the hardships we can sometimes encounter on the road. That song is my expression of inhibitions that we encounter on the road, and so every time I hear it I get the warm fuzzier.

Want to hear more of this eclectic group? Check them out online at www.acidicband.com.

By Gianna Annunzio on November 8, 2015 - Vidette Online


"ACIDIC Packs the Viper Room"

Hollywood, CA: When I first heard of ACIDIC, “Pure Energy” would be the first word to come to my mind to describe their brand of rock music. ACIDIC was playing here on the Sunset strip – Hollywood. So I headed down, curious to see this band in action for the first time before they embarked on another touring season.

By the time ACIDIC stormed the stage at the Viper Room on Friday, the sold-out crowd that packed this classic venue had been waiting nearly 30-minutes and was veritably seething with anticipation for the Los Angeles based 4 – piece band, which has stirred up quite a buzz with its high energy driven approach to rock/alternative music which didn’t disappoint.

Picture yourself driving down the 405 – freeway consuming mass quantities of Rock Star Energy Drinks with your hair on fire while riding in a shopping cart, YOU my friend have now experienced ACIDIC live in action.

Their music was distinctive and powerful. Playing tunes from their last album “Creatures”, which in my opinion never let up from beginning to end as ACIDIC’s command of the frenetic crowd never faltered.

I grabbed the guys from ACIDIC for a short interview in the parking lot of the Viper Room before they hit the stage and the guys did not disappoint. Although our exchanged was short, they did talk to me about another album and tour in the works for the 2016 year.

To see and hear all about what I’ve been talking about, please click on the video below.

Very special thank you to Mary Lyon – Manager

The Rad Man…..

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Discography

CD: “Creatures” – 2015

CD: “Copper Man” - 2013

2-Song Free Download “10,000 Facebook Fans!” - 2012

CD: "Chronic Satisfaction" - 2011

CD: "Getting Lucky" - 2010

CD: "Ironic Dreams" – 2009 

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ACIDIC ROCKS EASTERN EUROPE! TOUR!!! 

Our first stop, Sofia Bulgaria! Special thanks to Z-Rock radio in Kardhzali Bulgaria! Then it's on to Minsk, Belarus for several days! Thank you American Music Abroad! 

After that, we'll be in Baku, Azerbaijan (where Josh celebrates his birthday), then Riga, Latvia, and we wind up in Tbilisi, Georgia, plus a side trip to a refugee camp. We hope to bring t-shirts, frisbees and sunglasses, cheer, friendship, fun, and music, of course! Hope the kids also like the stickers and wristbands that glow-in-the-dark. We'll be back by Thanksgiving (when Max celebrates his birthday). 

We'll be posting notes, photos, and videos as we go, depending on the wifi. Check it out here:

Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/acidicband/

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/ACIDICband

Twitter - https://twitter.com/@AcidicBand

Our American Music Abroad tour is set up through the State Department in Washington, DC. We are PROUD and HONORED to represent the US! How cool is this country, anyway, that its government provides opportunities like this one? We get to connect with the world - not as politicians, bureaucrats, or professional diplomats, but as artists, musicians, and songwriters. Besides, music is a language EVERYBODY speaks and understands, no matter where they live or come from!

What a year! Our 3rd straight sell-out show at the legendary Viper Room won us our best rave EVER! Maximum Threshold Radio Network: “Picture yourself driving down the 405 freeway consuming mass quantities of Rock Star Energy Drinks with your hair on fire while riding in a shopping cart. YOU my friend have now experienced ACIDIC live in action.” We won 3 awards in Rockwired.com 2016 Readers’ Poll Awards: Best Band, Best LP Recording (“Creatures”), and Best Video (“Chicago”). We also topped Rockwired's year-end list of “25 Artists & Bands Who Made 2015 ROCK!!!”  

Our latest CD, “Creatures,” boasts TWO charted hits, certifiably melting faces AND melting hearts in two different formats: Alternative and AC, on both Billboard and Mediabase! It's our 3rd collaboration with multi-platinum award-winning producer John Ryan of Chicago Kid Productions (StyxSantanaLynyrd SkynyrdAllman Brothers), following 2013’s “Copper Man” and 2011’s “Chronic Satisfaction.” 

Boomerocity.com calls it a "treasure chest of rock gems” full of “well-written, brilliantly performed, and meticulously recorded tunes that grab your attention and won’t let go until they’re finished saying what they want to say.” Screamer magazine rates us with Def Leppard, Nirvana, Blind Melon, Styx, and even the Beatles! AXS.com agrees: “you just might think their music is ‘Beautiful’”! BLUERAIL.com: “Frontman Michael Gossard is a force of nature, connecting to his audience and his band mates in ways that make an ACIDIC show highly electrifying.” DallasObserver.com calls Gossard “gleefully demented”!

More proud moments: the 20th Anniversary Van’s Warped Tour, selling out Doug Weston’s Troubadour, videos showcased in 140 Hard Rock Cafes in 60 countries; tours with Hinder, Trapt, Candlebox, Fuel, Alien Ant Farm, Hawthorne Heights, Filter, Marcy Playground, Smile Empty Soul; Armed Forces Entertainment for US troops in Kosovo & Germany; WJJO-sponsored Taste of Madison festivals, Sunset Sessions Rock!, 2Broke 2Rock KHTQ-sponsored festivals in Spokane WA; 2012 Winter NAMM Show at the Anaheim Convention Center, SXSW, Florida Music Festival, Rockin’ Roots Festival, Sunset Strip Music Festival, Bamboozle Left; special shows with Paul McCartney’s guitarist Rusty Anderson, and one of Scott Weiland's last shows. In addition, our power rocker "Strata Red" won the Alternative category in the 18th Billboard WorldWide Song Contest. 

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