Brooklyn-native band Acid Dad has recently released “Searchin,'” which is the first track on their upcoming album Take It From The Dead, due out on July 16. The band has also announced an upcoming tour which includes a stop at the Bowery Ballroom in New York City.
Acid Dad is an American alternative-rock band composed of singer-guitarists Vaughn Hunt, Sean Fahey and drummer Trevor Mustoe. The band released their first EP, Let’s Plan a Robbery, in 2016. Since then, they have independently produced and put out multiple singles and one live album.
According to an interview with American Songwriter, “Searchin'” is inspired by bassist Phil Lesh’s book Searching for the Sound: My Life in the Grateful Dead and the Dead’s 1974 track “Unbroken Chain.” The two songs have similarities, looking for values and experiences of the past in a modern world.
The music video for “Searchin”‘ pays homage to the Grateful Dead, with images of Jerry Garcia rippling in the background – calling reference to the era Acid Dad feels anemoia for, nostalgia for a time they didn’t experience.
Take It From The Dead features an array of different influences in contrast to their earlier work, allowing for more intricate and hypnotic sounds. Their goal with the upcoming record is to provide a modern spin to the feel of neo-psych, post-punk and ’70s rock-n-roll.
That’s one thing that I really like that the Grateful Dead always did with a song like ‘Friend of the Devil.’ When you listen to something like ‘[The Closing of] Winterland,’ they slow it down into this sultry jam and it has this intensity that just hits a lot harder. The song and the lyrics are the same, but it’s good for our own mental state to switch things up.Sean Fahey, guitarist of Acid Dad, in an interview with American Songwriter
To accompany the new record’s dreamy distortion, the band has collaborated with artist Webb Hunt to produce kaleidoscopic art videos that add a visual counterpart to their sound. Green screened vaporwave backgrounds and VHS-like-quality graphics are commonly used to create this retro vibe.
The band has also announced 2021 tour dates with fellow psychedelic rockers Frankie and the Witch Fingers, spanning much of the month of October. Ticket purchasing information is available on the Acid Dad website.
Check out the full list of currently-announced dates below:
ACID DAD LIVE 2021
(* – w/Frankie and the Witch Fingers)
Oct 7 – Square Cat Vinyl – Indianapolis, IN *
*Oct 8 – The Brass Rail – Fort Wayne, IN *
*Oct 9 – Cactus Club – Milwaukee, WI *
*Oct 10 – Empty Bottle – Chicago, IL *
*Oct 12 – Third Man Cass Corridor – Detroit, MI *
Oct 13 – Beachland Tavern – Cleveland, OH *
Oct 14 – Spirit Lodge – Pittsburgh, PA *
Oct 15 – Metro Gallery – Baltimore, MD *
Oct 16 – Bowery Ballroom – New York, NY *
Oct 18 – PhilaMOCA – Philadelphia, PA *
Oct 19 – Fuzzy Cactus – Richmond, VA *
Oct 20 – Snug Harbor – Charlotte, NC *
Oct 23 – Intuition – Jacksonville, FL *
Oct 24 – Will’s Pub – Orlando, FL *