Jacked up on caffeine, with Fox News blaring in the background (hey, don’t judge; after all this is
George Bush’s America, and it’s damn fun to respond to their e-mail
polls with long rambling paragraphs about liberty and strength), I sat
down to write about Acid House Kings – a task I’d been putting off for
a while. “Can I really write an entire review while talking about the
process of writing a review?” I asked myself obnoxiously. “Yes,” I
answered myself. “I think I can.”
Sitting there, giggling about freedom, I remembered the first time I saw the cover of Sing Along With Acid House Kings,
the Swedish group’s third album. My interest in the disc was originally
piqued based on the cover alone, which brought to mind Kraftwerk’s Trans-Europe Express.
It sounds pretentious, but I’m serious. It’s that whole creepy
Sears-portrait-studio vibe that tickles me. Plus, that name. With a
moniker such as Acid House Kings, you’d think the four members would be
towering over Aphex Twin and other like-minded electronica fiends as
opposed to kicking it in a musical coffee shop alongside Belle &
Sebastian and Kings of Convenience.
of coffee, as I picked up my mug it occurred to me that songs such as
“Do What You Wanna Do” (with its handclaps and playfully fey vocals)
and “This Heart Is a Stone” (with its tambourines, snaps and playfully
fey vocals) are exactly what I would want to listen to while sipping
joe in the sun, around the house, or at my favorite place that sells
the news for a moment (thanks, TiVo!), the headlines indicating that I
should be scared of some ridiculous bird pandemic or the neo-Nazi
marches in northwest Ohio, I popped in the DVD included with the
record. They’re not kidding about this “sing along” stuff. Besides the
requisite videos, the DVD offers karaoke versions of the entire album.
Watching and laughing at my roommate while he tried to sing along to
songs he’d never heard before, I realized this was truly novel.
just like at that dive bar you went to on spring break, the words are
at the bottom of the screen, but the kicker is the video of the band
members doing everyday things such as making coffee and reading the
newspaper. If only other bands would take a cue from Acid House Kings
when making album-accompanying DVDs, most of which feature sub-par
concert footage and the band members making inside jokes.
listening to the album versions of the songs play over the DVD with the
video in the background, I realized that all the songs started to sound
the same after a while. I’m not sure that that’s something the members
of Acid House Kings lose much sleep over. “Will You Still Love Me in
the Morning?” may blend together in your mind with “Wipe Away Those
Tears,” but the point seemed to be that these songs are enjoyable to
listen to – whether you’re on a drive to the grocery store, sipping
coffee on a lazy Sunday afternoon, or playing the DVD in preparation
for an upcoming Acid House Kings karaoke party.
Band site: http://www.acidhousekings.com/
Label site: http://labrador.se/
Download songs and videos: http://www.icyicy.com/acidhousekings/dld.php