April 29, 2004
Bad Acid Trip To Drop Some Jaws
By Randy J. Klodz
To the outsider—and the number of those will soon drop dramatically—Bad
Acid Trip may appear to be more of an abstract art project rather than a hard-rock
act, but the band released “Lynch the Weirdo” on April 20, and will drop a
few jaws along the way.
Sticking with the artist theme, Bad Acid Trip vocalist Dirk Rogers still
keeps his day job as a professional special effects make-up artist. His effects
work has appeared in such box office smashes “Minority Report” and “Collateral
Damage” to name a few. Along with Rogers, Bad Acid Trip also includes guitarist
Keith Aazami, bassist Chris Mackie and drummer Jose Perez.
Even the tag line “Energetic Bursts of Psychopathic Fury,” included as
part of the band’s abstract CD liner note cover art adds to the visual mystique
behind the band’s creations. Further, the 17 tracks—totaling just over
31 minutes—of “Lynch the Weirdo” are hard-rock chaos at its best, and
can go toe-to-toe with some of hard-rock’s biggest hitters. In that vein,
echoes of hard-edged political rockers System of a Down can often be found
within the Bad Acid Trip madness.
In fact, Bad Acid Trip is part of Serjical Strike Records, the label
formed by Serj Tankian, System of a Down’s out-spoken front man, and Columbia
Records. Further adding to the System of a Down influence, “Lynch the Weirdo”
was produced by Daron Malakian, guitarist for System of a Down.
Though the band has much support from System of a Down, Bad Acid Trip
clearly is its own entity. “Wonderful Life” displays Bad Acid Trip’s ability
to combine hard-hitting melodies and political lyrics to create a two-minute
track that is hard to miss. The lyrics, “Hopes of a future are gone / Using
our taxes for bombs / When children live in slums / There’s no money for schools
/ The poor are treated like mules,” hit hard with the stop-and-go metal laying
the background. The tracks “Jump Rope-Spray Water,” “Kill or Be Killed,” “Habits
of Clay” and “Join the Circus” also pack a brutal punch.
Aside from the band’s crafty musicianship, poignant lyrics and sense
of humor, Bad Acid Trip has quickly gained a reputation for one of rock’s
craziest live stage performances. In fact Serj Tankian, whose band System
of a Down is also known for its great stage shows, has been so impressed by
Bad Acid Trip’s live performances that he has told reporters, “If you’re still
standing after seeing the band live, you’re standing at their booth buying
the CD.” Apparently a background in special effects make-up can make for some
interesting costumes and stage props. In other words, expect no two shows
to be identical. For more information on Bad Acid Trip log on to www.badacidtrip.com.