By JACKIE NANCE
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.”
Nance can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
->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,
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.