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Here’s the new single from the elusive and heavily hyped Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats (are they just calling themselves Uncle Acid now?), ahead of next month’s new album. ‘Poison Apple’ is led by a heavy stomping glam riff and some sweet vocal harmonies. The things which instantly spring to mind are golden-era Slade and ‘Elephant’ by Tame Impala, but maybe a l ...

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Poison Apple by Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats
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8/10 Mike Staff review, 20 March 2013

Here’s the new single from the elusive and heavily hyped Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats (are they just calling themselves Uncle Acid now?), ahead of next month’s new album. ‘Poison Apple’ is led by a heavy stomping glam riff and some sweet vocal harmonies. The things which instantly spring to mind are golden-era Slade and ‘Elephant’ by Tame Impala, but maybe a little bit gnarlier and more saturated than either of those. The Slade comparison in particular is very hard to get away from, though. If you’d played me this track and told me it was a classic unreleased jam from Holder & Co I’d have no reason not to believe you (except that I already know it’s the new Uncle Acid song).


Turn the record over and there’s non-album B-side ‘Under The Spell’, which comes across like Thin Lizzy playing a Fu Manchu song on the Old Grey Whistle Test, but with Beatles-esque vocal harmonies which are reminding Phil of Dipsomaniacs. There’s a gloriously miniature but face-melting guitar solo about halfway through which is worth the price of the 7” alone, and then a longer and more conventional one later on. I’m not as sold on this single as I was their ‘Blood Lust’ LP but I do like the chugging hard rock grooves these guys come up with. It might not be all that original but if you like ‘70s rock, this sounds almost exactly like ‘70s rock.


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