ACIDIC hits up Salt Lake City in first headlining tour
Published: Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Updated: Tuesday, February 11, 2014 17:02
Los Angeles alternative-rock act ACIDIC brought its "Electric Cool-Aid" tour — the band's first time playing a series of consecutive dates as a headlining act — to Utah on Thursday night, taking the stage at Burt's Tiki Lounge in Salt Lake City. And even though the band wrapped up the tour the following night in Las Vegas, frontman Michael Gossard said he's getting ready to hit the road again.
"The tour's been amazing," Gossard said. "It started out off in Eugene, Ore., and it's been a really short one — just a week and a half — but good all the same. We've been having a lot of fun.
"We're doing a lot of prepping for the summer touring season, which is why we're on a short tour right now," he said. "We have a lot of new material to test out."
The band ventured out on the "Electric Cool-Aid" tour in support of its fourth full-length album, "Copper Man," a collection of songs Gossard said are "like Polaroid pictures" of where the band members were at mentally and emotionally during the writing process.
"When we approached making the record, we did it differently," he said. "We wrote the songs pretty much on the spot and really wanted to capture the energy in the moment, and I think we were successful in that because we're really proud of it. Everything in there is poignant; all the songs mean something to us."
ACIDIC worked on “Copper Man” with acclaimed multi-platinum award winner John Ryan, a music producer who has worked with the rock greats like the Allman Brothers, Styx and Santana. Gossard said Ryan put "the right kind of pressure" on the band and helped push the members to the next level.
"Working with a producer who has produced platinum records definitely brings a sense of urgency to the table because we want to be able to deliver," Gossard said.
"Copper Man" has earned the band a lot of praise from critics, especially in LA. But Gossard said the biggest praise came when Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx named two of the album's songs as his picks of the week on his nationally-syndicated radio program "Side Show."
"At first I didn't even believe it was Nikki Sixx, because he tweeted us himself," said Gossard, recalling the moment Sixx made contact with the band. "When we got that, I wasn't sure what was happening. We got a tweet saying, 'Hey, this is Nikki Sixx,’ and I was like, ‘What? Really?’ and he was like, ‘Yeah, go check how many followers I have.’"