The Obelisk Questionnaire: Lori S. of Acid King

Though 2014 will make it nine years since Acid King released their aptly-titled third album, III, the band’s reputation has only grown in the absence of output. It is a strange and rare phenomenon, but fitting somehow for the San Francisco-based trio, whose widely influential 1999 sophomore outing, Busse Woods (homage here), has flourished among the generation of riffers that has emerged since its release. All that has made anticipation for album four pretty high, and while they’re mum on the details of putting it to tape, guitarist/vocalist Lori S., drummer Joey Osbourne and bassist Mark Lamb have been airing new material live, so whether they’re on record yet or not, there are songs. They exist somewhere, and as ever for Acid King, they’re as grainy as a ’70s biker movie and no less heavy.

Acid King toured in Europe briefly this past summer and in 2014 will make a return appearance to Hellfest in France, where they’ll share the stage with Clutch, Monster Magnet, Philip H. Anselmo and the Illegals and Witch Mountain, among others.

The Obelisk Questionnaire: Lori S.

How did you come to do what you do?

I was going out with this guy in a punk band and all the girlfriends would sit upstairs while the guys practiced. I was like, “F-this show me how to play.” So, I learned the major and minor chords and within a few months started my first band called Gross National Product (GNP).

Describe your first musical memory.

Seeing Earth Wind and Fire at Milwaukee Fest! My dad took us!

Describe your best musical memory to date.

Damn, that’s a tough one after being in the same band for 20 years! Hellfest 2012 was def a great show and all around good time. Playing with Pentagram and The Obsessed on one stage and then watching and meeting Girlschool on the other then flying back on the same plane with Blue Öyster Cult and Napalm Death. Definitely a good memory.

When was a time when a firmly held belief was tested?

Every day dude I’m the leader of the band!

Where do you feel artistic progression leads?

Everything gets bumped up a notch. You still sound the same but the songs have more depth. You’re more willing to experiment with other sounds and instruments that in the past you wouldn’t have used. You’re more aware of critics so you think more about not writing totally dumb lyrics! It leads to a finer-tuned machine on all levels from songwriting to live shows.

How do you define success?

Playing the music that I want to play and still play and being able to release this material to 25,000 social media fans that want to listen to it! We’ve not done much different besides get better in all facets but somehow along to road the listeners of music have come around while we’ve done nothing.

What is something you have seen that you wish you hadn’t?

Guy Pinhas’ naked ass (and other man parts in that area) sitting on my computer chair at my house!

Describe something you haven’t created yet that you’d like to create.

I would like to do a collaboration with another artist, a male artist that shares songwriting and vocals.

Something non-musical that you’re looking forward to?

Opening Day for the SF GIANTS!!!!!

Acid King, Live at Hellfest 2012

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Acid King’s website

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