UNCLE ACID & THE DEADBEATS Announced As Main Support To BLACK SABBATH On European and UK Tour


Through the flickering flames of a pyre built from a thousand emaciated hipsters leap Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats, black tongues distended and hair blown backwards…

The UK’s best new rock band are pleased to announce they have been invited by the legendary rock band Black Sabbath as the main support for their EU & UK arena tour in November and December 2013. The quartet have also been confirmed to play this year’s Reading / Leeds festival.

23-25-Aug UK Reading/ Leeds Reading/ Leeds Festival
20-Nov Finland Helsinki Hartwall Arena
22-Nov Sweden Stockholm Friends Arena
24-Nov Norway Oslo Telenor Arena
26-Nov Denmark Copenhagen Forum
28-Nov Netherlands Amsterdam Ziggo Dome
30-Nov Germany Dortmund Westfalenhalle
02-Dec France Paris Bercy
04-Dec Germany Frankfurt Festhalle
07-Dec Czech Republic 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

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. They perform only on occasions deemed necessary; each show a sensory assault and a sacrifice of social niceties. 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.

Nikola Savić is a prog enthusiast, blogger and author, in addition to being the founder of Prog Sphere, Progify, ProgLyrics and the ongoing Progstravaganza compilation series.

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