Exposure: Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats
Frontman KR Starrs discusses 'psychotic rock music', Mind Control and touring with Black Sabbath
Spiking their doomy metal riffs with psychedelic 60s pop melodies, Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats are a dark pagan cult bowing down at the altar of rock. Although they’ve previously shunned the media, now, fresh from supporting Black Sabbath across Europe, they step out of the shadows for their first UK tour. Frontman/guitarist KR Starrs inducts us into the cult of Uncle Acid.
How would you brand your musical output?
Psychotic rock music would be a good description.
What’s the concept running through new album Mind Control?
It was inspired by 60s/70s biker films, really trashy B-movies and Charles Manson. The story is this guy goes up a mountain and tells everyone he'll show them God, but he kills them all. And to him that’s an act of God. He comes down from the mountain thinking he’s the messiah, he rounds up runaways and vulnerable people, takes them out to the desert and starts his own super-cult. He brainwashes them, feeds them drugs and violence, and tells them to go off and kill loads of people.
How was touring with the very progenitors of metal, Black Sabbath?
It was unbelievable. They were such nice people – they really took the time to speak to us, they were very complimentary and really went out of their way to look after us.
Did you prefer it when your band was mysterious, unidentified and unknown?
For me it would have been ideal if I could stay completely anonymous, no press pictures, nothing, but then it becomes a problem if you want to progress. There was only so much we could do …
Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats, Garage, Glasgow, Wed 23 Apr.