LA drops ACIDIC band on Spokane

“We were all finishing high school, and we just wanted to have fun and play music,” said Michael Gossard, the lead singer of Los Angeles band ACIDIC that will play at the Knitting Factory in Spokane on Saturday.

Gossard said ACIDIC started coming to Spokane in 2010 and since then has performed four or five times.

ACIDIC is classified as alternative rock, said the tour manager Andrew Untersee, but the music encompasses slower-paced and heavy, energetic songs.

“They’ll hit any demographic,” Untersee said. “They’ve got so much energy when they’re up on stage… it’s hard not to get into it.”

The tour includes a short run through the Northwest before ending in Las Vegas, Untersee said.

After being picked up by a producer, the band began touring and building a fan base. Gossard said it was a lot more difficult than he expected going into it, especially since he had no idea what it was like to be a professional musician.

Untersee, who has “been with the band since they were back in the garage,” said it’s been incredible to see the members of ACIDIC evolve.

“They really have come a long way,” he said. “They’re able to play now sold out venues… it’s really helped them step up their game quite a bit.”

ACIDIC previously toured as the opening band for groups like Hawthorne Heights, Hinder and Trapt, but their current tour is the first time they will appear as the headlining band.

“This is our first headlining run and, regardless of how many people show up… there’s going to be a point of pride,” Gossard said. “That’s what makes this tour special, I mean it’s under our name instead of opening for another band, which we’ve been doing for four or five years.”

The guys are out mingling with fans the whole night, Gossard said.

“We wouldn’t be anywhere without the people that come to see us, so it’s only right to hang out with them,” he said.

There are some upcoming developments this summer that Gossard said he’s not at liberty to discuss yet, but he did say the band will be doing some “really big tours.”

“2014 is going to be an incredible year,” Untersee said. “Keep your eyes on ACIDIC.”

Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 7:30 p.m. for the Saturday performance.