Band to watch: Acid Carousel

Acid Carousel, photo by Annie Nelson

Words by Amanda Padilha

When one listens to enough 1960’s garage and psychedelia compilations, it’s easy to point out Texas as the birthplace of some of the greatest acts of the decade; the Golden Dawn, Mouse and the Traps and, of course, the 13th Floor Elevators, just to name a few. So, it wasn’t exactly surprising to find out that a bunch of people singing that they are “higher than the sun, higher than the Beatles” came from Denton, TX.

In the summer of 2015, John Kuzmick started writing songs that didn’t suit the sound of his current band, Moon Waves, at the time. After uploading them online, Gus Baldwin contacted him, joined as a bass player and Acid Carousel was born. The band is John Kuzmick (lead guitar/vocals), Gus Baldwin (lead guitar/vocals), Ian Salazar (bass), Lucas Martins (3rd guitar), Fielder Whittington (drums), and Drew Wozniack (keyboard).

Acid Carousel

Even though they’re a relatively young group, their releases include a handful of EPs, singles and two full-length recordings, each one of them filled with bits of psychedelia that brings a fresh take on ‘Magical Mystery Tour meets Buffalo Springfield meets The Brian Jonestown Massacre‘, plus a great deal of experimentation with instruments like the vibraphone, trumpet and sax. They even ended up playing with Johndavid Bartlett (of the Familiar Ugly, an associated act with The Red Krayola and their 1967 record ‘The Parable of Arable Land‘), recreating ‘Falling Through the Universe‘, Bartlett’s lost 1968 album.

Their latest EP, ‘Street Cowboys‘, came out on January 26th of this year, and already they have another bunch of songs ready to see the light, as well as big plans with Johndavid, and they have also shared stages with names like the Black Angels and psych rock legend Roky Erickson – we have a feeling the year will run short for Acid Carousel, and we can’t wait for it.

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