Acid Test (band)

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Acid Test
Origin Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Years active 1990 (1990)–1994
Labels Sire

Acid Test was an alternative rock band formed in Toronto, Canada,[1] in 1990. The band consisted of vocalist and bassist Lucy Di Santo, guitarist Steve Fall, keyboardist Atom Percy, drummer Jim Alty, and DJ, Mike Harland. Fall played a prominent role in the 1992 black comedy, Highway 61, directed by Bruce McDonald, and the band was created to perform two songs on the movie's soundtrack ("Mr. Skin" and "Dance").

Recorded output[edit]

After independently releasing an album on Eggplant Records, Sire Records (Warner Music Group) signed the band in 1993, releasing the album Drop that year. In addition to regular band members, Drop also featured Geoff Bennett (percussion) and Jeff Dalziel (programming).[2]


Over two years, the band was the opening act for Nine Inch Nails, Grace Jones, Snow, 54-40, and The Ocean Blue.

Other film score contributions[edit]

Acid Test also contributed to the soundtracks for Martin Scorsese's Naked In New York, Bruce McDonald's Highway 61, and the documentary, Talk 16.

Hiatus and Harland's death[edit]

Acid Test went on a hiatus in 1994; rumors persisted of a reformation until Harland died in May 2012.[3]

Side projects[edit]

Prior to his death, Harland formed the band, 10000 Watt-Head, with members, Dane Mills (Arcade Fire), on drums, and Grasshopper (D.Madison) on the vocoder/Rap Master.[citation needed] Harland's band collaborated with Carl Didur (Battleship Ethel), Spookey Ruben (TVT, AUXTV, hi-hat recordings), Matt Dunn, Greg Collins (Ninja High School), Noam Zilberman, and Don Cash. R.Mills engineered and mastered 10000 Watt-Head's recordings.

Steve Fall moved on to become a private guitar and bass teacher in Nova Scotia, and still writes and records music. Lucy Di Santo is currently attending university and continues to write music. Atom Percy is married and living in British Columbia, where he owns a private music studio and continues to write and record.


  • Drop (1993)


  1. ^ "Artist: Acid Test, Album: Trip On This, Song: Mr.Skin". Raised on Canadian Radio. 2011-10-07. Retrieved 9 August 2012. 
  2. ^ "Acid Test - Drop CD". 
  3. ^ Jason MacNeill (24 May 2012). "Mike Harland Dead: Member of Acid Test and 10000 Watt Head Passes Away". spinner. AOL Inc. Retrieved 9 August 2012. 

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