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Acid FM / Press

“Acid FM - "Justified American Music" (Monsterfuzz Records, 2012 CD, JAM-01-500) & "Electric No. 3" (Monsterfuzz Records, 2013 CD, EN3-01-25) This Stoner//Detroit/Metal crossover Power trio who are called Acid FM hail from North Carolina and their main ringleader and possibly sole remaining founder is named Sparky Simmons. They have been around for nearly a decade already, lurking in the shadows of small labels and appearing on obscure local compilation releases. I think i saw even a mention on the first Spaceseed album with Nik Turner along with some other familiar names, even. Sparky should be known to some readers of Aural Innovations as the newly welcomed current guitarist for the international space-metal collective-project based in Moscow, and led by the ever talented and sultry Alisa Coral, the band we call the mighty "Space Mirrors"! Acid FM and Space Mirrors even put out a great split 7" single on red transparent vinyl a couple of years back on Sparky's own Monsterfuzz Records”

“Sparky Simmons and his band, ACID FM, have released their first full length record on his own Monster Fuzz label, which had previously released a really cool Monster Magnet tribute record. The CD features 11 original tracks and closes with a cover version of the Black Sabbath classic, War Pigs. The band is a three piece and the sound is lead by Sparky on guitar, lead vocals and synths (there are not many). He is not a great singer by a long shot but he puts a lot of heart and soul into these songs and his singing. Just accept this and get onto the rock and roll that proceeds. The CD starts with In the Blink of an Eye. It is a mid-paced melodic rock track. Atomic Revolution reminds me a lot of old Cheap Trick! Desire has a more heavy metal riff and a cool phazer guitar effect. Ride is a pretty straightforward rock song, short, no guitar solo or break at all, really. Alive is a more heavy metal style track with a melodic guitar hook to start but then the rough guitar line kicks in.”

“Acid FM, a band by Sparky Simmons who plays guitar on one of the tracks (”Rue d’Auseil Is Missing) on In Darkness They Whisper, is a perfect companion for Space Mirror’s first vinyl release. Released on Sparky’s own label on a red 7”, the Space Mirrors / Acid FM split single includes one track by each band. ”Dreams of Area 51” is more laid-back than usual; a beautiful UFO-ballad that also features Nik Turner. The Acid FM track rocks harder and with a rather metallic touch not forgetting space rock and psychedelia. Another great tune! If you want this single that was released a year ago your best bet is to order it soon directly from Monsterfuzz Records since it’s limited to 300 copies only… Another recommendable purchase for the stoner rock friends would be the Monster Magnet tribute CD Kiss the Right Side of Your Brain that you can get together with this single for only 20 $ including postage!”

“ACID FM is Sparky Simmon’s group (he runs Monsterfuzz records and released the great Monster Magnet tribute CD). They start the A side off with a melodic space rock track called "Space Beyond Space," that reminds me a lot of mid 80’s Huw Lloyd Langton solo material. The track is uptempo with some nice lead guitar work and spacey vocals.”

“This split comes as a nice looking package from Monster Fuzz Records and Acid Fuzz (Monster Records’s own Sparky Simmons) leads of right into a cosmic journey of space rock proportions. Perhaps it’s a good thing that I was playing some Hawkwind last week, because Acid FM take us right back into that galaxy with gleaming guitars, black-hole sized bass and nebulous riffs. “Space Beyond Space,” is just what the title says, a rocket adventure into the cosmos of mid 80’s Huw Lloyd Langton solo material. The track rocks, though, it never slags, with its up-tempo pace, nice star-shattering lead guitar work and spacey vocals.”

“There’s quite an intriguing blend of sounds here. Progressive rock with space rock overtones merges with old school metal, psychedelic and even punk rock. There is some awesome guitar work on this and at times the bass guitar really stands out. The main thing that would keep these guys from breaking mainstream is the vocals. They tend to be on the “off key” side, leaning them into the punk/alternative/DIY category. I wondered if it was a lack of skill, but then came the bonus track. When that song, a cover of Black Sabbath’s “War Pigs” came around, the vocals were on key. So, that means the sound on the other tunes is by design. All in all, this is quite a cool set that never really seems to get tired or redundant. It’s clearly not for everyone, but fans of the DIY sound with some cool prog and space rock mixed in will love this. It’s kind of like stoner rock, but still has a different edge, too. Look for great things from this act.”

“This split vinyl release features one song by the group Space Mirrors and one by Acid FM. Both are generally in the space rock category, landing this in the progressive rock category at Music Street Journal, but they both represent different sides of the coin for certain. The cover picture shown here has the front and back cover of the release on a diagonal from one another. Space Beyond Space - Acid FM Space rock meets Indie rock/DIY vocals on this cut. The jam later in the piece really takes on some Hawkwind like textures.”