The band Acid Dad make psychedelic indie of the sort that's easy to love. The group's self-titled debut album is out on Friday via Greenway Records and it's the sort of release that blends some fine melodies with a real hint of something more experimental. If this sort of music has been done before, at least it's being done here, again, with some degree of charm.
If opener "Die Hard" suggests something a bit trippier to come, the more direct "2Ci" and "Mr. Major" offer up nice blends of Britpop-style rock with a few hints of more lyrical strains of psych rock. Owing debts to bands from both the Sixties and Nineties, Acid Dad manage to make all these familiar rockers seem relatively fresh, if not entirely original. Elsewhere, "Come Outside" and "Mow My Lawn" nod in the direction of late-period Supergrass material, while the more propulsive "No Answer" looks further back, to early recordings from Blur and The Charlatans. While this band is American, it's clear that they owe huge debts to whole lots of bands from the U.K. some dozen or so years ago. And rather than have this be a burden, Acid Dad turn those considerable influences into the backbone of some bright and energetic original compositions here.
[Photo: Uncredited photo from band's Facebook page]