Interview: Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats

Playing in Whelan’s, Dublin tonight are UK ‘psych’-rockers Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats, back in Dublin for their own headline gig on the back of their latest album “The Night Creeper”. We caught up with frontman Kevin Starrs before the show:



First off, congrats on the release of your latest album, it sounds great! How was working alongside Rise Above Records? 
Great! They let us get on with doing the music and we let them get on with pressing records.


You’re nearing the end of a pretty long tour, are you excited to finally get some down time? 
Yeah definitely, it’s been a long tour but we’ve really enjoyed it. Travelling takes it out of you, but it’s a walk in the park compared to working in a factory or something like that.


How are you feeling about the Dublin gig? Will you have time for some sightseeing? 
I’m looking forward to it as I’ve only been to Dublin once before. We’ll definitely have a few hours to look around and knock back a pint of Guinness or two.


The last time you were here, it was in support of (the legends that are) Black Sabbath. Any mad stories from your time with the band? 
I’d like to keep those private haha!! I will say though, we had the pleasure of seeing them jam at soundcheck every day. Watching Tony and Geezer doing stuff like ‘Wicked World’ together or seeing Tony standing on an empty stage in Birmingham playing ‘Fluff’. That’s the sort of thing that stays with you.


(Check out this live version of “Wicked World“. Legends.)
You guys kind of have a unique sound – who do you think would be your closest comparison? Or is there one? 
I’m not sure really, I don’t think there is one. We normally get lumped in with a load of bands that sound nothing like us anyway.


How did an eclectic bunch like yourselves get together?
It’s weird, we just seemed to meet. I’m not sure how it all happened. We’re all strangely psychotic in some way, so it’s a good job we found each other!


If you could jam with any artist through history, who would it be? 
There’s so many….but I’d probably say Neil Young. To jam in front of his wall of amps would be mind blowing.


Your website is a trip-and-a-half! Who came up with the idea behind “Acid Coven” and who designed the site? 
The Acid Coven was my idea initially, but our slave Ygor Lugosi should really take all the credit for it. He designed the website and really turned the madness into reality.


Many of us begin as outcasts; can you offer any advice to anyone who may still be trying to find their place? 
Charlie Manson said it best, “Do what your love tells you”.


[I’m not sure if we would take the advice of a cult murderer but each to their own!?] Looking forward to the gig!
Thanks for your time, can’t wait for the show!

Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats hit Whelan’s tonight with special guests Spiders – doors at 7:30pm. Check out or Whelan’s for more info.



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