By Rick Perez
Rock and roll’s latest drug of choice comes in the form of a band called Acid Dad. For the past year, Brooklyn based members Vaughn Hunt (vocals/guitar), Danny Gomez (vocals/guitar), Sean Fahey (bass), and Kevin Walker (drums) have been formulating punk fueled tracks so good that popular publications like Nylon Magazine and The Village Voice have been taking notice. With their new single, ‘Grim”, and an EP in the works, Acid Dad will definitely take you on some pretty rad trips.
Check out BoC’s interview with Acid Dad where we talked about their new single, the music industry, and the impact they want to have on rock music.
Who is Acid Dad and what is your music all about?
Danny: We are a rock and roll band
Kevin: We are very of the moment, we are being ourselves: ridiculous and writing rock and roll songs. There is not like a theme or style we are going for.
What is each member’s favorite Disney princess?
Kevin: I never had a childhood
Sean: Does Jane from Tarzan count? Jane from Tarzan.
You guys just released a new single, “Grim”. How is this this song different from previous Acid Dad tracks?
Vaughn: This is probably the most weird one we’ve made, i’s not really straight forward, it’s very unorthodox. There’s a lot of parts, it’s a little more psyche, a little more modern but at the same time sounds like something from the 70s. We are starting to figure out our sound, recording wise.
Sean: It’s a little more mellow, more clear, more oil on the hinges.
Danny: I feel like this track, production wise, is the best one we put out. It’s like a step forward.
How did ‘Grim’ come to be? Can you explain the creative process behind this song?
Vaughn: it was originally written as a one chord song that Kevin and I were working on for a long time. As we kept rewriting it, it developed into many parts, which is why you hear a different composition.
Kevin: Yeah, one day Vaughn and I were upstate by ourselves feeling pretty lazy, and didn’t want to go beyond one chord, but as we kept playing it kinda grew from there.
Danny: And then I went up that night and heard the riff. We started jamming on it and I started to add the extra details, like the T Rex lick in the verses and the lyrics, and it kinda evolved and came together from there.
Which musical era is Acid Dad most influenced by?
VAUGHN: Personally, I think sound wise it’s very 70s classic rock. Composition wise I would say more like 60’s psychedelic.
Danny: I would agree, as Vaughn was saying 70s heavy guitar and 60s melodies. For the drums I think its very 80s because Kevin is really into post-punk.
Kevin: Yeah, and we also reference Ty Segall and Thee Oh Sees, so we are into every decade.
Vaughn: Except for the ‘50s haha. Don’t get me wrong I love 50s rock and roll, it’s the best party music of all time, but we don’t write 50’s rock and roll.
How has the music industry changed since then? Do you think it’s easier or harder to ‘make it’ as a musician?
Danny: I think it’s easier to spread the music to more people but I think it’s harder to keep people’s attention. You gotta keep the good songs coming or else people will forget.
Kevin: I think it’s way easier to get away with being shitty today, without a question. Kids can just record shitty music, put it on the internet and then blow up. There’s not as much overhead to make a record and there’s not as many gate keepers these days, which is a dangerous thing I think.
Danny: That’s a problem, like there’s a lot of looked over substance that are in a lot of the songs that are posted online.
Kevin: There’s a lot of low-budget, DIY stuff now. There’s very few multi-million dollar deals
Vaughn; Back in the 90s there were only major labels making all the shots, saying what was popular and what was not. It’s different now, there’s a lot more noise. It’s harder to make it now.
Friday night, Brooklyn, New York: Where is Acid Dad hanging out?
Acid Dad: If it’s 3 in the morning, we will definitely be at Alaska. If it’s earlier, we will probably be at Black Market. Don Pedros is a good place early in the night, get some cheap drinks and burritos, shout out to those boys. We can also start out at Shea Stadium, head over to Alphaville, and then end up at Alaska.
Sean: I might be in my basement, toying around with equipment.
Vaughn: If it’s raining, I’ll be stoned playing GTA (Grand Theft Auto).
With so many bands in the Brooklyn music scene, how does Acid Dad stand out? What makes you memorable?
Vaughn: We like playing shorter sets, like a 25-30 minute set. I like clear, crisp songs. Song structure is extremely important to me, and also being interesting. Not too interesting, being too out there might be too much. Gotta keep it kinda conservative.
Danny: There’s a lot of people that try to be too eccentric and it comes off as being very fake and cheesy. I think we try to concentrate on making good songs and putting on a good performance. Just work hard.
What sort of impact does Acid Dad want to have on rock and roll culture?
Sean: We want to make the kids do it right. We want to open up eyes to rock and roll music.
Kevin: My favorite bands are the ones that influence other bands to start. To do that one day would be amazing.
Danny: That is the goal, to give to some kid what so many musicians gave to me. Just try to get them into music, because there’s truly nothing better.
What’s next for Acid Dad?
Kevin: We are putting out an EP this winter, like December or January. We are going to play South by Southwest in March, Canada in May, and now we might hit up Europe next summer.