If “Green Day and Jane’s Addiction f*cked and had a kid,” the product would be the L.A.-bred blend of pure rock and circa mid-2000s punk band Acidic. At least that’s what lead singer/guitarist Mike Gossard has heard from people who have seen them perform. Considering they’re at the prime age that going out to parties or bars seems more ideal than actually getting serious about a music career, they work their asses off to create relationships with their fans and to play as many shows as possible, whether they’re booked ahead of time or that same night. Their dedication to music has gotten them recognized by Nikki Sixx, who featured them as his “Sixx Pick of the Week,” and Alternative Press Magazine.
Acidic was created in 2008 when Gossard and childhood friend/bassist Ted Dubrawski put out an ad for a drummer and got connected with Matt Whitaker. Their recent addition, guitarist Josh Bennett, was a longtime fan until he decided to try out for the band after the guitarist spot opened up. For the past few years, the band has been touring all over the country with big-named bands like Hawthorne Heights, Hinder, and Trapt, performing in festivals like Michele Clark’s Sunset Sessions, SXSW, and Sunset Strip Music Festival, ultimately making a name for themselves. Of course, they each have their own hobbies they enjoy (Gossard is studying to become a pilot, Dubrawski is an avid surfer, and both Whitaker and Bennett are in construction), but their music always comes first.
Their setlist focuses on the tracks of their current album, Copper Man, but they do add in a song or two from their prior records, Chronic Satisfaction and Getting Lucky. Fan favorites include “Drive Thru” (a song about doing whatever it takes to make it in the music industry), “Monster” (a vengeful track about a toxic relationship), and of course their title track, “Copper Man” (which is surprisingly a narrative instead of based on a personal experience like the rest of their songs). When you attend one of their shows, you’ll be greeted at the door, given some form of novelty gift (bracelets or stickers mainly), and you’ll have the opportunity to hang out with them after the show. You’ll even get a chance to witness a pretty rad rendition of The Beatles‘ “Come Together,” in which Gossard runs through the crowd.
With an angsty, perfect-for-being-stuck-in-traffic album and being the featured band on Smile Empty Soul‘s upcoming tour, it’s only a matter of time before this rowdy group of guys makes it big. Acidic is a band that not only cares deeply for their fans, but is also determined to get their music out there even when their equipment gets stolen from a venue, when one of them gets injured mid-set, or when they literally have to perform outside of a strip club. While they rarely play in L.A. now, there is no doubt that they will be coming to a town near you. If you’re in the mood to watch a band with constant energy and humor, fast-paced music, and a stage presence that belongs on the Vans Warped Tour, Acidic is the band to see.