While I wouldn’t call Uncle Acid sellouts–their brand of chunky, melodic, occult rock just so happens to be in right now–they certainly did sell out Lee’s Palace last weekend…and on a Sunday night, to boot! Their past was once shrouded in mystery, but it turns out they’re just regular blokes, although one of them does wear a white suit on stage. As a matter of fact, there is no Uncle Acid per se–the band has a dual-guitar, dual-vocal attack (and sometimes tri-), without a frontman in the traditional sense. I might hafta go back and listen to their records more closely, cuz I swear I’d never heard more than one voice before.
When opening act Danava was on stage, I had a hard time hearing any vocals at all, as their frontman stood on the other side of the side and struggled to be heard over the din. I’d seen these guys once before, touring with Joe Preston (aka Thrones) back in 2010 or 2011. But I hadn’t listened to ‘em much since, so I suppose their set was a pleasant rediscovery for me.
I will say this about Uncle Acid: you really can’t kill these guys, cuz they’re such a hard band to shoot! There was no overhead lighting on stage, with an eerie backdrop provided by some evil-eye lights on the drumkit and old TVs set to static. Only problem was that all but two of said TVs didn’t even work, leaving them with even less light than anticipated. Not that they aren’t a buncha shadowy characters already, but let’s just say that in the absence of illumination, there were a couple moments where I struggled to keep my eyes open–to say nothing of my camera’s eye!
Oh, and their drummer also had a severe case of cymbal-face…
HAND OF DOOM!!!!!
Aaaaaand here’s what they looked like with the flash off: