Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats

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Uncle Acid & the deadbeats
Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats, Off Festival 2013 (2).jpg
Background information
Origin Cambridge, England
Genres Psychedelic rock, doom metal
Years active 2009-present
Labels Killer Candy Records, Rise Above Records, Metal Blade Records
Website http://www.acidcoven.com
Members Kevin Starrs (aka. Uncle Acid)
Dean Millar
Itamar Rubinger
Yotam Rubinger
Past members Thomas Mowforth

Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats (written as Uncle Acid & the deadbeats) are an English psychedelic doom metal band from Cambridge. Their music is heavily influenced by the late 1960s when heavy metal was emerging. Allmusic praised the band's ability to recreate a particular aspect of this era, describing the band as "celebrating the Summer of Love's soul-chilling autumn: a blasted landscape, post-flower power, resembling Altamont's killing fields, reeking of the Manson Family murders, and, naturally, sounding like a mish-mash of all of the apocalyptic musical forces that converged upon that era."[1]

The band has been metaphorically described as "the original Alice Cooper band jamming in a cell with early Black Sabbath and the Stooges".[2] In order to replicate the sound of that era, the band uses vintage instruments and recording equipment.[3]

The band’s name was taken from Rusty Day, the singer of Cactus, who later had a band called Uncle Acid And The Permanent Damage Band.[4] Uncle Acid was originally the otherwise-anonymous frontman, although he has since changed his stage name to K.R. Starrs and now views the band members collectively as being "Uncle Acid".[5]

Blood Lust was the band's breakthrough album, with The Quietus describing it as "a glorious and idiosyncratic collection that quickly garnered rabid cult status amongst the worldwide doom fraternity"[3] and Decibel Magazine referring to it as "a groovy, evil delight".[6] Allmusic described Blood Lust as "a mixture of psychedelic rock's harrowing comedown, garage and punk rock's nihilistic ascent, and the earliest manifestations of heavy metal's occult-laced, nerve-damaging bludgeon".[1] The album garnered substantial acclaim, for which K.R. Starrs remarked, "it kind of took everyone by surprise that the album took off the way it did".[7]

With the release of the band's third album, Mind Control, more 70's pop influences were incorporated into the music.[8] A concept album, K.R. Starrs explained that Mind Control is a "fictional story...about a cult leader who comes down from the mountain and brainwashes his desert disciples through drugs, love, violence, and intimidation".[9] According to Metacritic, the album has received "universal acclaim" with a score of 81 based on 7 critics.[10] Justin Norton, writing for Decibel Magazine, awarded the album a score of 8 out of 10 and described the album as "a perfect union of Sabbath riffs, fuzz and Herschell Gordon Lewis".[11]

Band members[edit]

  • Kevin (K.R.) Starrs (aka. Uncle Acid) - Lead Guitars, Organ, Vocals[12]
  • Yotam Rubinger - Guitars, Backing Vocals
  • Dean Millar - Bass
  • Itamar Rubinger - Drums


The band toured internationally during 2013 and 2014, and played at festivals including Roadburn, Download, Hellfest, Roskilde, Bukta Tromsø Open Air Festival, Montreaux Jazz Festival, Øya Festival, Valkhof, Beacons, Reading and Leeds Festivals, Off Festival, and Soundwave.[13][14] They supported Black Sabbath on sixteen dates of their Reunion Tour in Europe in November and December 2013.[15] After touring in New Zealand, Australia and Europe in early 2014, their schedule for 2014 includes Maryland Deathfest, Nova Rock Festival, Eurockéennes, Copenhell and Pukkelpop festival.[16]


Logo of the band on Blood Lust cover
  • Volume 1 (2010)
  • Blood Lust (2012)
  • Mind Control (2013)
  • "Poison Apple" - Single (2013)
  • "Mind Crawler" - Single (2013)
  • "Sharon Tate Experience - Christmas Killer" - Single (2013)
  • "Down to the Fire" - Track 2 on Something In The Water - A Rise Above Compilation (2013)[17][18]
  • "Runaway Girls" - Single (2014)


  1. ^ a b Rivadavia, Eduardo. "Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats: Blood Lust". Allmusic. Retrieved 2 June 2013. 
  2. ^ "Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats Biography". Metal Blade Records. Retrieved 2 June 2013. 
  3. ^ a b Sword, Harry (28 March 2012). "The Horror! Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats Interviewed". The Quietus. Retrieved 2 June 2013. 
  4. ^ Yardley, Miranda (7 December 2011). "Band of the Day: Uncle Acid And The Deadbeats". Terrorizer. Retrieved 22 February 2014. 
  5. ^ Pardo, Pete (2 June 2013). "Get your Mind Control on with Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats". Sea of Tranquility. Retrieved 3 June 2013. "I used to call myself Uncle Acid, but now the whole band is Uncle Acid and I go under K.R. Starrs, just for some added confusion. I guess our fans are the deadbeats." 
  6. ^ Fury, Jeanne (February 2013). "Uncle Acid & the deadbeats, Blood Lust". Decibel Magazine (100): 103. 
  7. ^ "Blood-Lust: An Interview with Uncle Acid". The Bone Reader. Retrieved 3 June 2013. 
  8. ^ Gotrich, Lars (24 April 2013). "Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats: No Twisting, No Shouting". NPR. Retrieved 2 June 2013. 
  9. ^ Smith, Rod (February 2013). "The Top 20 Most Anticipated Albums of 2013". Decibel Magazine (100): 43. 
  10. ^ "Mind Control - Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats". Metacritic. Retrieved 2 June 2013. 
  11. ^ Norton, Justin (June 2013). "Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats, Mind Control". Decibel Magazine (104): 104. 
  12. ^ "Kevin Starrs – Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats – 12/12/2013 (Interview)". Planetmosh. 12 December 2013. Retrieved 22 February 2014. 
  13. ^ "Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats - Past concerts". Songkick. Retrieved 22 February 2014. 
  14. ^ Whelan, Kez (31 December 2013). "Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats Announce European Tour For 2014". Terrorizer. Retrieved 22 February 2014. 
  15. ^ Tuffrey, Laurie (17 June 2013). "Uncle Acid Set For Black Sabbath Tour". The Quietus. Retrieved 22 February 2014. 
  16. ^ "Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats - Upcoming concerts". Songkick. Retrieved 17 March 2014. 
  17. ^ "Something In The Water - A Rise Above Compilation". Discogs. Record Collector. Retrieved 26 June 2014. 
  18. ^ "Something In The Water - A Rise Above Compilation". Record Collector. Archived from the original on October 2013. Retrieved 26 June 2014.