Nice’n’Sleazy, Glasgow, Tue 6 May
Nice’n’Sleazy is an aptly titled venue for the debut of Richard ‘Death in Vegas’ Fearless’ new psychedelic scuzz rock outfit, Black Acid. The five-piece – a full band replete with Farfisa organ and Fearless on distorted vocals – represent something of a diversion from the electronic Death in Vegas template. With that band on temporary hiatus (‘I just felt I had to step away from it all a little bit,’ says the vocalist), Fearless relocated to New York and began soaking up the city’s drone/fuzz rock subculture.
Finding himself subconsciously forming a fantasy band from the constituent elements of the various acts he watched, it’s evidence of Fearless’ nous that he was soon able to make that dream band a reality. He recruited members of A Place to Bury Strangers, Nymph and Coyote to make Black Acid a working reality. Fans of The Jesus and Mary Chain and XTRMNTR-era Primal Scream will not be disappointed in the results, and neither will fans of his other band. With nods to the Stones, the Velvets, the Stooges and the requisite dark undertones, Black Acid embody the kind of classic, psychedelic garage band aesthetic to which Death in Vegas always alluded. Indeed, with several diverse projects in the pipeline – including a dub project with Tiklah (of Easy Star All Stars) and a mooted Detroit techno outfit – it may seem like Fearless is compartmentalising the interests he once focussed into Death in Vegas’ dirty grooves. However, with their return apparently a foregone conclusion, and a Black Acid album on the way after the upcoming tour, Fearless is a man on a mission: ‘We’re looking forward to it,’ he says. ‘I know people will really dig it.’