Acid Fast – Rabid Moon

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Acid Fast

Rabid Moon - Protagonist Music

Rabid Moon, the first full length from Oakland punks Acid Fast is full of hooks and melodies and even some 1960’s pop sensibilities buried under layers of distorted guitars and vocals. In some cases these can seem overdone and unneccesary, but generally speaking the whole thing works really well and has resulted in a very impressive debut. As the band features former members of Big Kids, it is unsurprising that the record has a very late 1990’s indie punk feel and you can easily pick out references to bands of the time such as Superchunk and The Breeders (although I’d also throw in a good dose of Atlanta alt-punks Magnapop as well).

With all that said, this record does stand on its own and contains some absolutely brilliant punk rock songs. Shred Forever features some of best crafted melodies I have heard in a long time and the shared lead vocal between Hannah Conda and Frank Mann works seamlessly to tell the story of being lost in the world, looking for a place to stop and rest. Old Ideas is the most Superchunk-ish song on the record, showcasing those 60’s pop sensibilities mentioned earlier framed by some brilliant fuzz guitar riffs.

New Paradigm Reading Co starts with a stoner – rock riff, which goes on just slightly too long before the verse kicks in and rewards you for persevering and not hitting the skip button. It competes with Tease, with its dark, personal lyrics (like) ‘and I always thought I knew what I would do when your all alone and they wont stop and you ask them to’ for top billing here. For my money, the former just edges it with its frantic pace and hooks which grab you at the first listen and never let go.

There is a lot of the 90’s alt-rock playbook on offer here and in some cases, like Breaking Down The Door of the Law or Descending, the use of the distortion effect is a bit overdone, but the band have done an impressive job of taking past influences and creating something that sounds new and fresh in 2014. Even if you don’t think so yourself, the band offers this great bit of advice from legendary comic Cheech Marin (that features as the intro to Triangle Park):

Besides it’s just punk rock man, you know I don’t even have to know how to play, all you got to do is be a punk”