ACID DAD INTERVIEW
Acid Dad, psych rock punk band from New York, shares some of their favorite songs and the story of their last tour.
Nathan: I just have a couple questions for you guys tonight
Nathan: So you guys just played in Portland last night right?
Nathan: So your tour dates are like non-stop then..
Vaughn: Yeah, it was a super, f***ing long drive and I’m tired
Nathan: anyway how much more road do you have to go then?
Vaughn: Yeah actually, we’re like almost done
Sean Fahey: The last show’s on the 20th or 21st in New Orleans..
Trevor Mustoe: We’re doin’ like LA, Phoenix, Tuscon, and then a few Texas states
3 Texas states, and New Orleans then
Nathan: And you guys are just driving all the way?
Unison: I think there’s a day off
JP Basileo: One of them is like an 11-hour / 14-hour long drive
Umm.. those are fun haha It’s like I got a day off, but then..
Vaughn: Tomorrow’s also a long, not a long drive but
JP Basileo: Tomorrow’s gonna suck because we’re bringin Harry
Vaughn: Yeah, we’ll put im on the floor of the car it’s gonna be tough
JP Basileo: I don’t know where
Vaughn: I don’t know where either, the car’s filled with stuff, it’s packed, we really should have gotten a trailer.
Nathan: Yeah, what kind of car are you using?
Vaughn: A van, yeah,
Nathan: So you released your self-titled album recently, which is all heavy rock and punk riffs, and great energy, what were some of your favorite tracks to make on it and what was the process like?
Vaughn*to Sean: What’s your favorite track?
Sean: I like dissin.’ It has a pedal steal on it, when it isn’t live it kind of sounds like a country song
Vaughn: Umm, I think my favorite track’s Mow my Lawn. It’s about, Mowin your yard. It was great, really aged well with me. How about you what’s yours?
Nathan: Die Hard, I love the energy in that one.
Sean: You’re a die hard fan.
Nathan: Yeah yeah, what were the influences making those, like any specific bands?
Sean: I think at the time we were listening to a lot of Television, like their last record, it’s a lot different than Marquee Moon. But other than that, some Black Flag we were listening to at the time.
Vaughn: We recorded it I guess like over a year ago.
Nathan: What was the process like getting everyone together for the project, you guys started in Brooklyn right, what part of Brooklyn?
Trevor Mustoe: I met these guys at SXSW, and was moving to New York at the time so we started jamming.
Bass: I’m not the first bass player. I met Sean at karaoke, which led me to Vaughn, and the rest is history.
Nathan: Do you have some favorite venues down there to play?
Sean: Alphaville, Market Hotel, which we played in January with Royal Trucks which was really fun.
Bass: Did they figure out their liquor license?
Vaughn: They did
Sean: They didn’t have a liqour license because the cops were consistently messing with them.
Nathan: Interesting, so a bar spot?
Sean: It was a DIY scene for a long time, but recently it got revamped. There was a room for like beer in a shot glass kind of thing, but other than that we would go down to Bernie’s. That was our green room, essentially.
Nathan: Have you guys played in other bands?
Sean: I played in a weird rock opera band once
Trevor: I was in a garagey rock band for quite a few years called Glassy Pinks, that was my last act before I joined, and one other weird garage band from St. Pete
Nathan: So you, Vaughn, are the vocalist and you’re the bass player, JP.
Vaughn: Sean and I both sing and play guitar, and Sean played bass for a while.
Sean: That was on our first record.
Vaughn: But Sean’s playing guitar for as long as I remember. I guess our first show was a couple years ago like yesterday.
Vaughn: Yeah, because I got a reminder for it. It was like the DMC show, at the Warsaw.
Sean: At the warsaw, yeah.
Vaughn: Yeah, it was really bad, well I didn’t actually think it was bad.
Nathan: Anything in particular that you remember from this tour?
Sean: We stayed in this real wild hotel in Seattle, there were a lot of drug deals, a lot of prostitution. Our phone kept ringing at like 3 or 4 in the morning but no one was there.
Vaughn: Yeah the crackheads came by at like 7 am, it was… interesting.
JP: Yeah the show we played in Vancouver, just the street we were on, we passed at least 3 or 4 people smoking crack.
Sean: The kind of thing where you see people shooting up outside,
Vaughn: But the venue was great
JP: Yeah the venue was.. so cool.
Sean: What was it?
Unison: The SBC, Smiling Buddha Cabaret.
Sean: It’s basically, when you walk in, it’s like a halfpipe all the way through the venue, and at the end of the halfpipe is the stage. So everyone stands like on the walls, sitting in the halfpipe.
Unison: Yeah, people would be leaning on the sides to see.
Sean: I guess Jimi Hendrix played there, but not when it was that.
Vaughn: Yeah, it used to be a little punk bar
JP: Yeah Jimi, skated. He skated.
The purple shred
Nathan: You guys just released a single, too, Living with a Creature, and there’s a great video for that, what was the process like making it?
Vaughn: This video synth artist just hit me up wanting to make something. I was like, cool, I have this track I just finished it, and like two days later he sent me the cut. And I was like, wow. This is amazing. It was super easy.
Sean: I think he pretty much nailed it on the head, though. It was pretty spot on.
Nathan: Any musical influences for that song?
Vaughn: Let’s see I wrote the demo in my apartment. I bounced it off my little brother, I bounce a lot of ideas off my little brother, and said I’m working on this song, called Living with a Creature or something like that, kind of a monster going in your floor thing. And we did brainstorm sessions and came up with the lyrics together, and I really wanted a song that was just one note, you know, dush, dush, dush, dush, and then a poppy hook chorus and a solo. That was it. It was very straightforward.
Nathan: So then the process on the debut album, what was it like?
Vaughn: It took a long time. We did it once, but it didn’t sound right. It was too fast.
Sean: Yeah, the speed.
Vaughn: Yeah, and we were doing a lot of speed
Vaughn: And so Sean and I worked on it again – very sober – and we counted out the tempos and made sure they were all right.
Sean: And we took a little speed.
Vaughn: And we took a little speed…
Vaughn: Then we recorded it again. I don’t know the first time we did it on 8 track, but the production stuff just wasn’t right, so I did it again with ProTools so I could really take my time listening to the guitar and drum tracks making sure they were really grooving right. Sonically that they were in the right space. It just took a lot of time to figure out what I had to work with.
Nathan: What kind of instruments did you use on stage, live?
Vaughn: No synths, all guitar. But I’ve been brainstorming a lot in my head and in my notebook about using them in the future. Because I do want to.. on Living With a Creature I did two or three drum tracks that were in it but it was very much just texture and not the foundation of the songs.
Nathan: Interesting. Where are you guys headed next on the tour?
Vaughn: LA, yep LA. LA should be really good we’re playing levitation room tomorrow which should be a great band.
Nathan: So your tours coming to end soon, is that one of the last shows?
Trevor: I think we have 4 or 5 shows after that.
Sean: Over the halfway hump now, but on the homestretch.
JP: Yeah a few more and then, Thanksgiving. I’m looking forward to Thanksgiving.
Vaughn: Really? Really? You got to come over to my house it’s like … f***ing DANK.
Vaughn: Once you get my moms cookin’. You’ll have it one night it’s all right.
My dad’s making quail
Sean: I don’t like Turkey
Vaughn: Turkey’s not a delicious, it’s just not a delicious animal. All animals aren’t delicious, but Turkey’s especially not delicious.
Nathan: Do you guys have a break in your tour?
JP: Not really, not whole way through
Sean: Pretty much driving, yeah.
Vaughn: We had one day off, on a Friday
JP: We had a day off in Minneapolis, and that was cool. They’re long drives so you have a couple of hours in the city that you’re in, but then..
Trevor: Not much sightseeing or vacation time or anything
Sean: Yeah its a hustle being on tour
Vaughn: Yeah I mean this tour, I feel like last tour we did a lot. This tours been real hustle grind
Sean: We walked 7 miles in Vancouver
JP: We went on this hike in Vancouver but little did we know that it would be dark and closed by the time we got there
Vaughn: You had adidas so I don’t know how you walked there
Sean: We went and watched the sunset together
JP: It was really romantic
Nathan: What’s been your favorite spot on the tour
Sean: Chicago we had a real great show
Vaughn: Denver was really good
Sean: The worst show was Iowa State.
Vaughn: Iowa State was probably the worst show. Awful, that was probably the worst show, ever
Sean: Wow not a good time
Manager: That promoter moved your show four times and the promoter quit in the middle of his job, or something like that.
Vaughn: No so he sold his shares, and then on top of that there was an football game in the middle of our set so everyone eventually showed up and started yelling song names, and I was like I literally just played that song, and they’re like dude sorry we were watching the game, and I’m like screw you guys
JP: Like go to class
Vaughn Sean’s amp was broken the entire time and they’re calling out song names, and we couldn’t even get the amp working.
Sean: Yeah we cut the set short because of the amp
JP: I have a rating system and that show was the lowest rated. I think it was in the 40s
Vaughn: Seattle was great,
JP: Seattle was like 90s
Vaughn: It was really good, the crowd was so into it. And BC too.
Trevor: Sean’s amp, the last note he hit it and sean’s amp blew and there was literally like smoke billowing out the top.
Sean: Ok, yeah Seattle was 94. Last night in Portland was 84.5
Vaughn: Wait was 93? Toronto was 93?
Sean: Toronto was good.
Vaughn: Vancouver was 91. Last night was pretty sleepy, it was a Monday.
JP: It was cool, though.
Nathan: How do the shows compare on the east and west coast for you?
Trevor: Well the west coast has been great so far, it was just the midwest that dropped off a little bit, and you know the east coast has always been pretty decent for us, from what I’ve seen.
Vaughn: West coast is pretty dope, though. Could easily live here. Chicago was good.
Sean: But yeah its been nice to finally get to the west coast. It seems that when we hit the coast all of our shows are picking up again.
Vaughn: All the camo shows were good
JP: St Captain’s was a great show, and that was on Halloween.
Nathan: Well, it’s been great to hear about all this, thanks for all of your time.
Unison: Yeah, likewise