• Confirm Headline Shows for APRIL 2014
• On Tour with Black Sabbath In November/ December 2013  
MIND CONTROL OUT NOW via Rise Above Records
OUT NOW via Rise Above
Formats: CD/LP/DL
Formats: CD/LP
The UK’s best new rock band round off an amazing year - which has seen them release their acclaimed third album Mind Control (Rise Above), played their first headline shows at London’s Garage, played festivals across the UK and Europe (including Download, Reading and Leeds) and been invited to join legendary rock band Black Sabbath as the main support act - have confirmed UK HEADLINE dates for April 2014 which sees the band playing their biggest headline show to date at London’s Koko
20-Nov FI Helsinki Hartwell Arena
22-Nov SE Stockholm Friends Arena
24-Nov NO Oslo Telenor Arena
26-Nov DK Copenhagen Forum
28-Nov NL Amsterdam Ziggo Dome
30-Nov D Dortmand Westfalenhalle
02-Dec F Paris Bercy
04-Dec D Frankfurt Festhalle
07-Dec CZ Prague O2 Arena
10-Dec UK London O2 Arena
12-Dec UK Belfast Odyssey Arena
14-Dec UK Sheffield Motorpoint Arena
16-Dec UK Glasgow Hydro
18-Dec UK Manchester Arena Manchester Arena
20-Dec UK Birmingham LG Arena
22-Dec UK Birmingham National Indoor Arena
22-Apr-14 UK Birmingham O2 Academy 2
23-Apr-14 UK Glasgow G2
24-Apr-14 UK Manchester Academy 2
25-Apr-14 UK London Koko
Formed in Cambridge by media-shy frontman K.R. Stars, in an era of profile building, brand-expanding and over-exposure Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats are a cult genuine phenomena. The dictionary definition of cult, in fact: “a system of religious worship, with reference to its rites and ceremonies. A group or sect bound together by veneration of the same ideal.” In this case: taking rock music back to its ritualistic beginnings when pagan heathens would stomp out a dirt-rhythm and howl at the moon. When music was the carnal catalyst for orgiastic midnight reckonings.
Uncle Acid’s prime currency is mystery and intrigue. And riffs. Tonnes of riffs. You won’t see them on TV. You’ll barely see their photographs. It is a sensory assault and a sacrifice of social niceties. And, as such they are the very antithesis of what it is to be a rock band in the 21st century and therefore quite brilliant.
Their self-released debut album Volume 1 (2010) laid down the blueprint and grabbed the attention of Rise Above Records. Its follow-up Blood Lust (2011) was a heavy, heavy album dripping in disdain and sanguine plasma. There were shades of the doom and metal greats in there - Sabbath, Pentagram, Maiden - but with a big dose of The Beatles lacing the punch, had the Beatles ditched love and peace to ride the helter skelter down into the dark 70s to discover hate and war, devil worship and knife-play. It is already a classic of its era. Any era. One magazine promptly dubbed them “the Bong Lennon, the Crack Sabbath, the Hex Pistols the world has been waiting for”. A fair assessment.
Heady edits of accompanying video clips to accompany songs such as ‘I’ll Cut You Down’ and ‘Ritual Knife’ meanwhile revealed the band’s love for British horror movies like Witchfinder General and Tower Of Evil. Their website is less a media hub and more a paranoia-inducing “garbage dump” for the best of trash culture: photos of goat skulls, nuns, acid tabs and ritual sex sit alongside grainy TV clips of Jim Jones and Charles Manson, exploitation movies and rolling news.
Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats’ 2013 album Mind Control looked across the water for inspiration, primarily early Alice Cooper, MC5, Blue Cheer and Blue Oyster Cult and B-movie biker movies. It has been critically acclaimed right across the music press board, from Spin and Pitchfork to Mojo and NME. Because Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats are many things to many people: a blues band, a metal band, a psychedelic band, a doom band. A cult.
The question of who and why and when still go largely unanswered and indeed become irrelevant when Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats plug in and play. Devotees throw themselves down at the feet. Declare allegiance to the twisted spirit sound. Offer themselves and their grandmothers for sacrifice to these devilish overlords. Because resistance, ultimately, is futile.
"A phantasmagoric feast of heavy nuggets" Mojo

"The cult rock band of the moment" Classic Rock

"maybe the catchiest metal record since 1983…." Mojo

"exhilarating metal psychedelia" Classic Rock

"it's a classy formula they follow, a worthy trash culture heritage
they borrow from, and their single minded fortitude of approach not to
mention creepily cobwebbed signature sound renders them fit to
annihilate a thousand laboured retro rock time wasters currently
wearily treading the boards" Terrorizer

"It's such a colossal relief to be able to report that 18 months of
insane hype hasn't dampened down any of Uncle Acid's evil, tuneful,
hypnotic fervour and that this most Satanic, lysergic and mysterious
of Cambridge's dark hearted sons, is still sounding like John Lennon
channelling Charles Manson fronting Pentagram." The Quietus

"Brain melting, mind expanding stuff…" Clash Magazine

"An inspired splicing of fuzz encrusted psych riffs and lunging
granite-hewn grooves..." Uncut

"Mind Control simply oozes primordial power" Metal Hammer
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