WERK 2 präsentiert:
Alternative Rock, Stoner, Doom-Metal
ACID KING EUROPE TOUR 2024
SPECIAL GUEST: EARTH TONGUE
ACID KING Von Paul Natkin
Earth Tongue von Izzie Austin
“What do you do at this point in your career, when you’ve been around for so long?” That’s Lori S. from San Francisco’s Acid King. These days she’s asking the big questions. The storied guitarist and frontwoman has been building her electric empire, riff-by-riff, for nearly 30 years. Though Acid King’s lineup may change, Lori remains the driving force and master cylinder.Adopting the nickname of notorious teenage slayer Ricky Kasso, Acid King came screaming out of San Francisco in 1993 with a sound that fused heavy ’70s proto-metal with the kind of bleary, slow- rolling dirge power being harnessed by their contemporaries in Sleep and Electric Wizard.The band’s 1993 debut 10” was followed two years later by their first full-length album Zoroaster (Sympathy For The Record Industry), which set the stage for a trio of crucial releases on Frank Kozik’s famed Man’s Ruin label, which included the EP Down with the Crown & Free.
But it would be Acid King’s acclaimed 1999 albumBusse Woods that solidified their reputation amongst a generation of riff worshipers, weed heads and heavy rock enthusiasts. Two decades of hard touring and sporadic recording ensued. The band released III in 2005 on Small Stone records and—after parting ways with the musicians who played on 2015’s Middle Of Nowhere, Center of Everywhere—Lori formed a touring lineup that concluded with the Busse Woods 20 th Anniversary tour in 2019.
Lori wasted no time pondering her next move. The sweeping lockdowns that attended the great plague of 2020-2022 provided the opportunity to collaborate with Black Cobra guitarist/vocalist Jason Landrian. “Once we got together and started writing, it was clear that it was much more than an obscure, avant-garde instrumental thing we originally had in mind. These were really good songs we were proud of. It became an Acid King record.” The result is Beyond Vision, and it’s unlike anything Acid King has done before.
The undulating, lysergic pulse that underscores Beyond Vision marks the dawn of a new era for a band that previously relied almost exclusively on thundering riffage. Don’t get it twisted, though: There are blistering guitars aplenty.Beyond Vision is simply Acid King in widescreen technicolor and interstellar cinemascope. “The songs really have no beginning or ending—they all just flow into each other. It’s meant to be listened to as one piece. The whole pointwas to have the listener feel like they’re on a journey. If you putheadphones on, it’ll take you to whatever places you’d like to go to.”It's that kind of serendipity that permeates Beyond Vision. What began as an experiment became the path to a silver future.
Sometimes music is supposed to feel weird and indescribable. It’s the moments of clarity within the dense, sonic mess that often feels the most satisfying.
That’s the space that Earth Tongue occupy. At times, their songs are shrill and disorientating, other times their reverb-washed textures and instantly-familiar hooks can wrap you in a warm, loving embrace.
The one consistent thread through their music, however, is the thick and all-encompassing fuzz. Guitarist Gussie Larkin (Mermaidens) has become a master of the fuzz-smothered riff, and along with Ezra Simons’ off-kilter drumming, they’ve been sending punters into transcendental states since they began gigging in their home town of Wellington in 2016.
Following the release of their debut album Floating Being in 2019 via Bristol-based label Stolen Body Records, Earth Tongue toured Australia, the UK and Europe, picking up praise along the way from BBC Radio6, Bandcamp and headbangers all over the world.
The now Auckland-based duo have plenty more off-kilter time signatures and robotic harmonies up their bell-flared sleeves. Watch this space for the next Earth Tongue venture as they step away from sci-fi twists and hurtle fuzz-first into the occult.
Halle D, Einlass: 19 Uhr, Beginn: 20 Uhr, VVK: 20€ zzgl, Gebühren