In January of 1993 Lori S. put an ad in a local San Francisco paper seeking Bass and Drums to create a very large and low end sound. Enter one Peter Lucas whose jet exhaust bass sound fit in well with Lori's ultra distorted lower than low end guitar. The two began harvesting heavy riffs while in search of the third. After several months in search of a drummer and getting frustrated, Lori was at a party and screamed out "anyone know any drummers?" Enter one Joey Osbourne whose Ritalin style drumming was just what Acid King was looking for.
Taking the name ACID KING from satanic stoner, Ricky Kasso after reading about his story in the book "Say You Love Satan", the band set out to punish. (Read Rolling Stone's in depth history of Ricky Kasso, watch Brian Tane's short video The Acid King, and look for the movie Ricky6.)
Acid King started playing the club scene in SF and was lucky to score some killer opening slots with some of their favorite bands like the Melvins, Sleep, Hawkwind and The Obsessed. In 1994 after putting a handful of songs together, the band put out its debut 10" EP on Sympathy for the Record Industry, engineered by the master of low end, Billy Anderson.
The band continued playing SF shows and started going on small West Coast tours. In the Fall of 1995, they released a full length CD titled "Zoroaster" on Sympathy. In the summer of 1996 Acid King set out on their first U.S. tour. The tour took the band from L.A. to New Orleans, The East Coast, the Midwest and back home.
When reaching Kalamazoo, Michigan, Peter decided he had enough of Acid King and announced he was leaving the band. Acid King had shows already booked in LA and needed a bass player fast. In a panic Lori called up Dan Southwick, bass player for Altamont.
Dan kicked ass and learned all the Acid King songs in 2 weeks. He was out on the road playing with the band before anyone even knew Peter was out. Dan ended up staying on as Acid King's bass player for the next 2 years.
Following the tour, the band had a few new songs and were introduced to Frank Kozik, owner of Man's Ruin Records. In 1997 they went back into the studio and recorded their first release for Man's Ruin, a 10" titled "Down with the Crown".
Frank was totally into heavy music and the band was very happy to hook up with someone so into the music. Man's Ruin had just started releasing CD's and they released the 10" as a split CD with Altamont. After the release and small West Coast tours with the Melvins and Fu Manchu to support it, the band started concentrating on new material.
In the spring of 1998 things were just not right with the band. After a year of trying to make it happen, everyone came to the conclusion that things were just not working with the current line up. A mutual decision was made to replace Dan. Dan would continue on with Altamont and Acid King would have to endure the horror of having to go through auditions. But then Lori thought about a bass player she had seen around town.
Enter one Brian Hill. Brian previously had been in another band called Buzzoven. After leaving Buzzoven he joined local band Spilth whose short life span left him without a band. Lori got ahold of Brian's number and called him up.
Brian was brought into the fold soon after to record the band's 1999 full-length Busse Woods (again with the master Billy Anderson) and provide tour support. After the Acid King/Altamont Southwest tour Brian parted ways with the band.
Former Obsessed/Goatsnake bassist Guy Pinhas - Say You Love Satan scholar and founder of France's Institut de Stoner Rock - is the King's latest bass player. Hell he's more popular than the rest of the band! At shows the crowd gathers around Guy's side of the stage to watch the 12 string bass in action.
released 14 June 2005
Lori S: Vocals and Guitar
Joey Osbourne: Drums
Guy Pinhas: Bass
Engineered by Billy Anderson.
Additional Engineering by Vadim Canby.
Recorded at Groove Room, San Rafael, CA.
Mixed at Take Root Studio and Room 5 Studio, San Francisco, CA.
Produced by Acid King and Billy Anderson.
Photos by Jim Thompson.
Artwork by Mike Saputo.
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