Stream: Brooklyn psych punks Acid Dad’s debut EP Let’s Plan A Robbery

Tireless NYC punks balance hard and soft on their “bipolar” debut


    Photo by Rachel Cabitt

    For a band that was randomly conceived at a drag show in 2014, Brooklyn’s Acid Dad take their craft pretty seriously. The past 18 months have been good to these psych punks, but only because they’ve waged a scorched earth campaign on New York City’s small clubs and venues, unleashing hell in the form of a blistering live set that’s not easy to forget. The band’s debut EP, Let’s Plan A Robbery, captures some of that energy, but it balances it out with a heap of dynamic psychedelic melodies.

    “It’s a bipolar type of record,” explain drummer Kevin Walker and vocalist/guitarist Vaughn Hunt. “We broke down song structures countless times in order to achieve a smooth flow between radically different sections of the songs.”

    Songs like opener “Don’t Get Taken” exemplify this balance, landing somewhere between the mosh pit and the dance floor. The band’s imagery definitely owes a debt to the New York City punk of the Seventies, as well as to a certain cult film. The cover of Let’s Plan A Robbery is influenced by 1984’s Repo Man, which Walker and Hunt appreciate for its “punk rock ethos” and “psychedelic imagery.”


    Let’s Plan A Robbery is due out February 26th, and available via cassette at Stream the full EP below.

    Let’s Plan A Robbery EP artwork:

    acid dad lets plan a robbery cover-01

    The band is also planning an extensive tour that starts with a stretch of dates with White Reaper that kick off on February 28 in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Scope those dates below.


    Acid Dad 2016 tour dates:
    02/28 — Chattanooga, TN @ JJ’s Bohemia *
    02/29 — Athens, GA @ Caledonia Lounge *
    03/02 — Greenville, SC @ Independent Public Alehouse *
    03/03 — Raleigh, NC @ Neptunes *
    03/04 — Winston-Salem, NC @ The Garage *
    03/05 — Charlotte, NC @ Neighborhood Theatre *
    03/07 — Columbia, SC @ The Art Bar *
    03/09 — Atlanta, GA @ The Earl *
    03/10 — Savannah, GA @ Savannah Stopover
    03/13 — Denton, TX @ 35 Denton
    03/15–20 — Austin, TX @ SXSW
    03/21 — Colorado Springs, CO @ Flux Capacitor #
    03/23 — Fort Collins, CO @ Downtown Artery
    03/24 — Denver, CO @ Lost Lake Lounge
    03/25 — Salt Lake City, UT @ Diabolical Records
    03/26 — Boise, ID @ Treefort Music Fest
    03/30 — Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios
    04/01 — Seattle, WA @ The Vera Project
    04/06 — San Francisco, CA @ The Rickshaw Stop
    04/07 — San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar
    04/08 — Los Angeles, CA @ The Lost Room
    04/12 — Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar
    04/14 — Austin, TX @ Mohawk
    04/15 — San Antonio, TX @ Paper Tiger
    04/16 — Dallas, TX @ Three Links
    04/18 — Springfield, MO @ The Outland Ballroom
    04/19 — Columbia, MO @ Cafe Berlin
    04/20 — St. Louis, MO @ The Demo
    04/21 — Chicago, IL @ The Empty Bottle

    * = w/ White Reaper
    # = w/ Mothers, New Madrid, Holly Macve