Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats Live in Los Angeles

Who’s Uncle Acid?

If you’re into rock music that falls under the umbrella of stoner, psychedelic, occult, or doom genres and haven’t heard of Uncle Acid and The Deadbeats today is your lucky fuckin’ day! As a lady that loves nostalgia this band is my absolute jam. I’m not going to type out a history lesson of the band and bore you like I normally would. You can google that. However, I will share why I admire Uncle Acid’s music so much and why I decided to go to a concert like this by myself.

Well, first and foremost the band’s sound is not being mass produced or created in 2019. The sound is something you’d hear in the late 60’s or early 70’s which automatically makes it fantastic. The band’s been known to use vintage recording equipment and instruments hence the authenticity of their sound. You caught me, I wasn’t born during those decades but apart of my soul resonates with anything related to art that came out during that era. So sue me for being a nostalgic asshat, I can’t help myself sometimes.

Anyway, Uncle Acid has been around for 10 years and I discovered them about 2 years ago! What immediately attracted me was the darkness of lyricism and heaviness of sound combined. If you’re a Black Sabbath fan, you know the sound I’m talking about! When discovering Uncle Acid, Vol 1 was the album that sold me. Blood Lust is considered their “breakthrough album” aka the one that got them more recognized. However, Vol 1 is still my favorite because of “Dead Eyes of London”, “Crystal Spiders”, and “Vampire Circus”. It doesn’t matter where you start if you’re gonna listen because they’re good all around if you like this genre of music! Just a heads up, I did two live recordings. One on my cell phone and one on an actual camera. This recording below is the cell phone, and not one of my best due to my inability to stop dancing. The second video in this blog post is much better but I think you’ll get the idea of their sound by just listening to a a minute or two of either video!

Flying Solo at a Rock Concert

Whenever you hear a band like this for the first time on Spotify, Vinyl, CD, or whatever you know their live performance is gonna be freakin’ amazing. There’s no bells and whistles with them, it’s just pure music. Whenever I found out they were going to be in Los Angeles in March, I bought my ticket in October of 2018. I bought my ticket 6 months in advanced! You could say, I’m pretty dedicated. Since Uncle Acid is from England, I had no idea how big the venue or crowd turn out was going to be but I knew I had to see them regardless. So.. why did I end up going alone?


I debated on asking anyone because I knew most of my friends wouldn’t want to waste the money on seeing a band they weren’t really into. I also could’ve offered to pay for someone’s ticket if I really felt like I wanted company. When it came down to the the day, I did invite a friend last minute but they couldn’t make it! So, I took it as a natural sign to just go by myself. This wasn’t my first show by myself but it was probably the biggest venue I went to alone.

In my humble opinion, the coolest thing about going to something like this by yourself is most of the people in attendance are into the same shit you are! It’s super easy to make friends in between sets and if you’re a girl the bathroom is a great place for socializing. Lol! I started going to shows alone whenever I was around the age of 21 and honestly at first it was really awkward.

There I was, standing alone and constantly looking at my cell phone to make sure I looked like I had something to do. As time progressed and I kept doing things alone, the less I felt like I needed to look busy. The more I found myself engaging with my environment, keeping my head up, and talking to more people. Practice makes perfect but also keep in mind the comfort zone can and will kill you in the long run. So, try not to be afraid to be different, weird, alone, or look a certain way. Do things for yourself and start living the life you desire. The time is now or never!

Overcoming the Fear

Whenever I go to shows or movies by myself, I do exactly as I would if I was going with someone. One of my favorite things to do before I take myself out on a date is self care. It may sound silly but it just makes my experience more fun. I highly recommend ya try it before you knock it! My self care routine can range from taking a long shower, moisturizing, face masks, taking myself to dinner, picking out an amazing outfit, and etc. Whatever makes you feel comfortable or helps you find comfort in going somewhere alone do it before the show! If you’d like to see the outfit I wore to Uncle Acid & read more about my self care routine before music shows alone there’s a post all about here!

Now that I’ve made you read this far, I’m gonna let you go but I do hope you check out Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats. I found them on Spotify & they also have some songs floating around youtube! Be sure to let me know what you think of their music in the comments.

Until the Next Show,

Raven

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L.A. WITCH Live at Levitation Fest 2018

Who is L.A. Witch?

L.A. Witch is an all female fronted band and we’re gonna acknowledge that fact first and foremost. Shout out to all the hard working women trying to make something of themselves. Secondly, the bands name hints at how magical their sound truly is. Whenever you give their live performance a listen in a minute, you’ll hear some 60’s rock influence mixed with a bit of western desert twang. L.A. Witch carries dark themes lyrically throughout their record that I personally enjoy with this genre of music. Their sound is dreamy and psychedelic with a dash of darkness.

Western Charm

 The band recently debuted their first self titled album in September 2017 and have been touring the United States for the past two years. It seems as if  L.A. Witch is a relatively new band with a reminiscent sound of lets just say good music. They’re quickly enchanting a large following and I don’t see them slowing down any time soon.  This is a band you’ll have to experience live in my humble opinion. Luckily, I had the opportunity to catch them at Levitation Fest 2018 because it seems like this group is always on the move playing a sold out show. Give their live performance a listen and prepare to be charmed.

 

 

“Baby in Blue Jeans” Live Performance – L.A. WITCH

“Baby in Blue Jeans” Lyrics

Baby in blue jeans, I never thought I’d be so alive
Baby in blue jeans, I never thought I’d be so alive

I’ve seen your eyes, I’ve seen your fear, and you just might die
And now [?]
I’ll just never see you cry

Baby in blue jeans, I never thought I’d be so alive
Baby in blue jeans, I never thought I’d be so alive

I’ve seen your eyes, I’ve seen your fear, and you just might die
And now [?]
I’ll just never see you cry

 

 

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S U R V I V E Live at Levitation Fest 2018

 

“Hourglass” – S U R V I V E

Known in the Unknown

After being invited to Levitation Fest, I immediately checked the line-up and began to listen to all the artists I’d never heard of before. S U R V I V E (Survive) was one of the first groups I sampled and the sound was strikingly familiar! I couldn’t figure out why I felt that I’d heard their sound before until I did some research. Low and behold.. this is the same group that created the infamous “Stranger Things” theme song.

Photo by: Ansley Lee

Synthesizer Live Sounds

SURVIVE is an experimental synth band from Austin, Texas that has been making music since 2009. Their music has a dark and retro outer space age sound that you can easily identify. I personally have no idea how synthesizers work or what it takes to operate them. However while I gave SURVIVE  a listen  in preparation for this festival, I wasn’t imagining what their live set would be like. I personally just kept thinking about the experience of hearing their type of music live.  It’s interesting that with this type of electronic genre, it’s more about the experience the band or artist provides while listening. Survive could easily hit play on a sound system but that’s not what SURVIVE does.

The four men of SURVIVE performed live on stage operating their synthesizers. Their set featured a light show and psychedelic visuals that corresponded with their music. As an audience member whose never been to a synth concert, I can say it was cool to be around people who were there to listen more than watch. I tried to edit their live performance in a way I felt reflected their music as best as possible. Having the opportunity to see SURVIVE live was something I’ll never forget. If you’ve never listened to any of their music besides the Stranger Things soundtrack, please give SURVIVE a listen. “Omniverse” and “High Rise” are probably my two favorite tracks if you want to give them a try.

 

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Dead Meadow Live at Levitation Fest 2018

Greensky Greenlake – Dead Meadow

 

Dead Meadow is Alive

Dead Meadow is a band that makes music under the genre of psychedelic rock. The music is inspired from blues, heavy metal, dark occult books, psychedelics, and more!  Dead Meadow was formed in 1998 and I discovered them in 2018… That’s significant proof that if music is good, it’ll never die.

The older I grow, the more I discover music I’d never thought I’d listen to. Dead Meadow is one of the first psych rock bands that turned me on to the genre. I didn’t grow up with this type of music in my household but god damn, I’m happy as hell it’s finally in my life. Dead Meadow’s music may not be something that’s played on the radio every hour but it’ll definitely make you feel what you’re listening to. The band’s sound has remained genuine, authentic, and pure to its influences since its humble beginning. Dead Meadow will make you appreciate their sound in modern times because unfortunately not many people play it anymore.

Thanks Dead Meadow for keeping the sound alive.

Live Music vs. Recorded Music

Having the opportunity to see Dead Meadow perform live at Levitation Fest 2018 was one of the greatest music experiences I’ve ever had! It felt as if I was in a garage or in someones backyard just listening to them jam. The music felt real and in this type of genre there’s room for creative spins while performing live. A guitar or drum solo can easily be added during a set to showcase a musicians talent. That’s one of my favorite aspects of music is hearing something being played live versus a recording. During a live set, you can see and hear passion while it’s being played. Hearing Dead Meadow live should be shared, experienced, and rewatched as many times as possible.

 

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