By Jake Paxton
In a Brooklyn scene not so worldly known for its psychedelic punk revivalist nature emerges new titan: Acid Dad, a four-piece outfit fiercely becoming one of the most promising groups of the area. While taking home reviews such as “the hardest working band in Brooklyn” and “most energetic live band,” they are finally following up with Let’s Plan a Robbery, a four-track stick of dynamite ripe with high dynamics and a long-coveted bridge of sound and flair between 1976 and 2016. Their sound takes us on a time machine to CBGB’s in the heart of the art-core movement where sweaty bodies are in gridlock and the influence is palpable.
Compliment sandwich time: Right away the production attacks you with the first track “Don’t Get Taken”. As someone who was brought up on old-school punk, there was a wave of brilliant nostalgia in the mix. When the drums come in, you start thinking of late 70’s Talking Heads or Devo that is until the full dynamics really come in. If one thing could be changed, the watermelon thump sound of the snare could use more highs, and it is the same on every track. However, when listening to this track it is important to hear the very precise lead-guitar work, adding exact perfectly trimmed and hooking leads at times most appropriate.
Next up is “Fool’s Gold,” a track about the anxiety of finally giving up on a love that has long since reciprocated; a feeling quite universal. Here we see almost European yawp of the frontman relax into an almost Mick Jagger like croon. In fact, each track seems to show distinct versatility in terms of vocal delivery. This track is a slow-burner, dropping from the heavy intensity of track one featuring some unexpected chord changes that favor the seekers of originality, delivering near the end with aforementioned dynamics.
The next track “Digger (Gonna Get That Money)” ups the tempo; a cog in the staggered escalation on the EP. It pairs nicely with the first track, titillating with infectious hooks and celebration of codependency, yet it seems to teeter on the edge of a possible tongue-and-cheek satire. The false ending surprises and delivers maximum energy, ending with lots of noisy post-production overdubs.
The energy hits a wall and drops significantly in “Shoot You Down,” the last track of the EP. Once again, we are presented with the range of production as waves of dreamy reverb-drenched vocals crest and relax you. This track could easily have fit on a mix that had Ty Segall or The Jesus and Mary Chain; jarring yet ambient with lots of guitar string bends, showcasing again the precise lead work. The noise ramps into a final cliff and careens off, making you happy to run through the four songs again.
All sides of Acid Dad seem to be represented in this EP Let’s Plan a Robbery. If you are a fan of genre-bending garage jams, you will be satisfied more likely than not. Also, look out for them on a North-American tour and keep an ear out for a full-length, which hopefully will be soon in production.