How Do You Feel About Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats’ “Runaway Girls?”

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I like Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats’ music well enough, but every time I listen to them I get a bad taste in my mouth. I think it’s because I recently had the displeasure of stumbling across some fedora enthusiast linking their music to her Facebook and saying something like: “This one is 4 all the headbangres liek me, ur missing out if u don’t like undergrund music lol” (poor spelling may or may not have been grossly exaggerated for emphasis). I was going to say something but she knows my real name and might have a big, antagonistic boyfriend.

And I’d hate to have to slay him with Steel.

Anyways, now listening to Uncle Acid is like eating those little tomatoes that come with chicken salads — I like the taste, but every time I bite into one it reminds of that scene in Return of the King  when Denethor is eating in front of Pippin and it grosses me the fuck out.

The band just finished up a super-underground UK tour with Black Sabbath, who are clearly their greatest influence. It must be pretty exciting to tour with your heroes. For me, that would be like putting on a eye patch and shooting bad guys with Kurt Russell back in 1997 when all of Manhattan Island was a maximum security prison.

I really liked the fuzzed-out blend of vintage 70’s proto-doom and psychedelic rock ‘n’ roll in Blood Lust, but their follow-up, Mind Control, wasn’t really what I was looking for. It seemed like the focus shifted from drawing you in with impossibly hooky songwriting to boring you to death with impossibly drawn-out spaciness. Maybe it was just one of those things where you had to be there on LSD.

“Runaway Girls” is the A-side of an upcoming 7″ that will be released just in time for their very first US tour, and Uncle Acid themselves are calling it “the closing chapter of the Mind Control era.” It’s trippy enough for Mind Control  and riffy enough for Blood Lust. I like it. What do you think? What comes after the “Mind Control era?” Stream it via The Quietus below, pals.

Catch Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats on tour:

Sep 24 – Underground Arts – Philadelphia, PA
Sep 25 – Middle East – Cambridge, MA
Sep 26 – Bowery Ballroom – New York, NY
Sep 27 – Il Motore – Montreal, QC
Sep 28 – Lee’s Palace – Toronto, ON
Sep 30 – Subterranean – Chicago, IL
Oct 1 – Triple Rock Social Club – Minneapolis, MN
Oct 3 – Marquis Theater – Denver, CO
Oct 4 – Urban Lounge – Salt Lake City, UT
Oct 6 – Neumos – Seattle, WA
Oct 7 – Rickshaw – Vancouver, BC
Oct 8 – Hawthorne Theatre – Portland, OR
Oct 10 – Slim’s – San Francisco, CA
Oct 11 – The Roxy Theater – Los Angeles, CA

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  • Howard Dean

    I agree about Mind Control. Blood Lust kicked serious ass (I must’ve jammed “I’ll Cut You Down” about a thousand times), but I had a hard time getting into Mind Control. It just didn’t have the same magic. And I think if you’re going to do retro-doom or retro-trad metal, you need to have some magic in your songwriting, or it’s just not interesting and/or worth it.

  • Vladimir Putin

    There’s too much of this rehashed stuff nowadays

    • W.

      Greetings, Putin. If you haven’t yet been formally welcomed to the toilet, welcome.

      • Vladimir Putin

        Greetings Bush

    • Welcome, Vlad.

      • Vladimir Putin

        I have hereby decided to abandon the site that shall not be named and forever migrate here

        • Stockhausen

          You have chosen honorably, and Russia is a better place.

    • welcome Vlad!

    • CONAN THE MOTHERFUCKING KING

      hails comrade !

  • Sight Vnseen

    I love Uncle Acid almost as much as an Escape from New York reference. I know what it’s like to have bad impressions of music due to past experiences. Don’t let this be one of them.

    • CONAN THE MOTHERFUCKING KING

      …….

      • Sight Vnseen

        …..

        • CONAN THE MOTHERFUCKING KING

          i love this movie too – although it is universally shat upon. If carpenter had made this it no doubt would have been awesome. Kurt Russell portraying another bad ass, tons of sexy girls, real car crashes not CGI shit like need for speed, what’s not to like.

  • Gorgasm

    Huge Doom fan, but i just cannot get into Uncle Acid….I don’t know why….just can’t do it….I will accept your wrath with honor.

    • W.

      Same here.

      • Have you tried Blood Lust, dudes?

        • W.

          I may have only listened to Mind Control.

        • Gorgasm

          half way through “I’ll cut you down”
          actually not too bad.

          • Tyree

            I like your gory new avatar. What the fuck is it?

          • Gorgasm

            It’s a cat.
            it’s ear rotted off.

          • Tyree

            Fuckin Brutal!

          • Gorgasm

            Someone was talking about changing all the avatar pics to cats, so i jumped the gun and tried to find a gory cat avatar pic.

          • Tyree

            I’m not a cat person at all. I’d have to be a dick and use a picture of a dog eating a cat or something.

          • Gorgasm

            Lol, actually found a pic of that and thought the same thing.

          • Tyree

            Actually… In honor of Robin Williams. Some 1 Hour Photo.

          • Gorgasm

            I totally forgot about that movie.
            I’ll have to revisit it soon.

          • Tyree

            It’s super creepy. Robin is amazing in it. I’m surprised he didn’t get more rewarded for that role.

          • Gorgasm

            One of his few roles where he plays the “villian”

          • Tyree

            Yeah, Insomnia and Death to Smoochy are a couple others that I can think of. Not to many though.

          • Fromwisdomtohate29

            Yeah dude was a real asshole in Death to Smoochy.

          • Max

            What’s also creepy is that yesterday, I was thinking about that film, how good it was, how I’ll probably hire it out again soon, and how different it is from a lot of the family feel-good stuff Robin Williams did in his later years. And then, like an hour later in my newsfeed…

          • Misanthropic Anus

            Man, I love dogs.

          • KJM

            “Ritual Knife”, trust me.

            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gXp38pyx7dg

          • Gorgasm

            i dig it…nice and creepy

        • God

          My favorite song off bloodlust:

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YjO5PuXJO48

  • I really like the phrase that comes in near the end of the song. Music people: what do you call that?

    • Stockhausen

      If I could listen to it now, I would try to answer but probably shame myself.

    • Fart Johnson

      A coda?

  • Xan

    Uncle Acid is one of my favorites in the new wave of doom metal that has been popping up for the last few years. Blood Lust is easily my favorite of their three albums. Runaway Girls seems to be a pretty solid song. 7/10, would drop acid to if I did drugs.

    • Sight Vnseen

      Crushing. I’m really bummed everyone seems to be against Mind Control. Mt. Abraxas is one of the most depressing songs I’ve heard.

      • Howard Dean

        I think a current among those who were critical of Mind Control is that it was sort of drawn out and boring, and that Uncle Acid abandoned the hooky throwback chops that made their sound so good in the first place (and that set them apart from their peers). Mind Control attempted to “go further down the rabbit hole” and insert a lot of that fuzzy/70s proggy/acid psychedlia into the sound of the record (at the cost of songwriting, in my opinion), and it didn’t really work. Blood Lust is the superior album for me–by quite a margin.

        • Howard Dean 2016.

          • Howard Dean

            Thank you! Masterlord SteelDragon will be my Secretary of Offense and Doom! Byaaaaaaaaaah!!

          • Secretary of Offense would be an amazing band name.

          • JWG

            I’d call “Secretary of Defenestration” if I weren’t ineligible for American public office.

        • Sight Vnseen

          Fair enough. Blood Lust is better for sure, but I’d argue less can be more. Tone plays. I also first heard that track on my way to work. I had to drive through mountains. Perfect storm I guess.

      • KJM

        Not me, I love Mind Control. I’m sure their next album will be different as well.

        • Sight Vnseen

          Thanks dude. That’s two of us.

          • TWO NERDS HAHAHAHA

          • Sight Vnseen

            C’mon man. Your the king of Doom around these parts. Let us have this one.

    • Kevin Nash and Friends

      My favorite band that is not Uncle Acid is Electric Wizard. Electric Wizard is the band that Black Sabbath wishes they still were. They sound more like Black Sabbath than Black Sabbath did from 1983’s Born Again up to their new album 13. Trust me, Black Sabbath had a rough times from 1983-1995. I saw them perform with Dio on the Heaven and Hell, Mob Rules and Dehumanizer tours, I saw them with Ian Gillan for the Born Again tour and whoever sang on Seventh Star for that tour, and I saw them with Tony Martin on the Headless Cross, Cross Purposes and Forbidden tours and the only good performances were the Dio ones. I also saw Sabbath with Ozzy on the Master of Reality and Technical Ecstacy tours and the Master of Reality performance was probably one of the best things I have ever seen.

      • Xan

        Electric Wizard is amazing. I own every single album.

        • Kevin Nash and Friends

          They rule. I loved their last album Black Masses and I can’t wait for the new one.

          • Howard Dean

            I’m still most partial to Come My Fanatics, Dopethrone, and Let Us Prey–the unholy trinity of EW albums, in my opinion. Electric Wizard at their harshest and heaviest. The riffs in songs like Return Trip, Funeralopolis, and Master of Alchemy are just amazingly crushing and otherworldly. I’m more a fan of their classic lineup and sound, though I do still like their new stuff (Witchcult Today was pretty solid).

          • Kevin Nash and Friends

            Dopethrone is an amazing album. I just listened to it yesterday after having not listened to it for years, it is amazing. It’s a hallmark of its genre and in my opinion it is better than every Black Sabbath album that doesn’t have Ozzy yet it’s also better than Technical Ecstacy and Never Say Die.

  • Bob Nühart

    I listened to the tracks and my soul has been psychedelicized!

  • Cock of Steele

    Like

  • Michael Assbender

    Very BENDABLE!

  • KJM

    I LOVE Uncle Acid, including Mind Control. Their show at the Middle East will probably be the most fun I have all year. Fuck the trendy fedora/trilby wearing d-bags. They’ll be yanking their crank to something different in about a week.

    And thank you for listing that as being in “Cambridge” and not “Boston”, It’s a huge pet peeve of mine.

    • Guppusmaximus

      The Middle East Downstairs… *memories* I remember the punk scene back in the mid to late 90’s. I saw U.S. Bombs, Dropkick Murphy’s (w/ Mike McColgan), Showcase Showdown there. I missed the Voodoo Glow Skulls show because I was sick *fuck* Boy, I miss The Rat too…

  • KJM
  • Kevin Nash and Friends

    I will go to the Bowery Ballroom just to see this. Maybe Raven will show up!

  • Wizard Aura
  • crazytaco_12

    I definitely dug on Blood Lust, only checked out a little bit of Mind Control, sorta halfsies on this song, but don’t it’s only the second time I’ve heard it.

  • Fromwisdomtohate29

    You know, I’m actually a noob to Uncle Acid. Not cause I don’t like the genre, just cause I’ve been too lazy to look them up.

    Also, I’m in the minority who likes Escape From L.A. just as much as Escape From New York. The ending is one of the greatest “fuck you” sendoffs to the establishment ever.

  • Kevin Nash and Friends

    Anyone want to hear a story? Here’s a story from 1998. So, Hulk Hogan’s favorite alcoholic beverage was Zima, but he didn’t want anyone to know because Zima is a drink for women. So, me, Scott Steiner, Lex Luger and Disco Inferno ask Scott Hall to go out to a bar with the Hulkster and report to us the next day on what Hulk’s favorite alcoholic beverage was as he wouldn’t tell us. So, we tell Scott to meet us at the Waffle House outside our hotel the next morning. The next morning, we were at Waffle House and Scott arrived so drunk he could barely walk. So, we get him over to our table and ask him “So, what was Hulk’s favorite alcoholic beverage?” Scott said and I quote “Hogan’s favorite alcoholic beverage is Zima and it is now my favorite as well.” We laughed so hard after hearing it and we would always rib on him because of it. That Thursday, at that night’s edition of Thunder we played a little prank on Hogan. We switched the ring announcer’s cue cards with ones we wrote that said “His opponent is the leader of the nWo Hollywood and an avid drinker of Zima, Hollywood Hogan!” They discontinued Zima in 2008, so now Hogan and Scott Hall drink Smirnoff Ice in its place.

  • The Prophet Mohammed

    I got my Uncle Acid tickets for the NYC show. Who else is going?

  • Divi

    The sleeve pic is from this movie http://rarelust.com/cycle-vixens-1978/ (NSFW site)

    • Wormser

      Anyone know what movie the girl on the cover of Blood Lust is from?

  • Felony Strutter

    AGAIN…another fucking review that does not talk about the amazing video for the song nor the movies that were used for the clips. Will I ever find out??