It’s not often you discover a band that aligns with both a local show of theirs, plus an album release and, most importantly, happen to be one of the best modern bands out there. Acid Baby Jesus, a psych-garage-rock four piece from Athens, Greece, exceed (my already great) expectations onstage The Victoria, Dalston that it’s impossible to take your attention away from them; they have the audience in the palm of their hand. Playing to a sold out London crowd, up front everyone has just about enough room to bounce off one another, becoming comfortably close and sweaty, lead singer Noda plays off the audience and vice-versa, wanting to get “..everything loose and groovy” from the get go, the crowd’s response to throw some acid out, launches into the familiar footing of ‘Vegetable’ where audience participation comes easily. Tonight, older material is mixed with songs from the latest album ‘Lilac Days’ (29/09/17) which guitarist Tili eagerly wants to share with us and everyone can’t wait to get a piece of, by their set’s closure: “We only just got our hands on it today and it’s available to buy over there from our very much fifth band member, Kris”.
The experimental moments are tonight’s highlights, and when you attempt to pair their sound to another you’re left with so many cross references and contradictions – 60’s psychedelia to garage-punk to 70’s prog-rock, they even throw in a bit of glam-rock; comparisons to Marc Bolan’s aesthetics are natural with frontman Noda’s effervescent stage persona along with his silver glittered eyes, just about distinguishable under masses of curly hair.
There are so many off the wall moments and stand out guitar solo’s that everyone here tonight is left completely satisfied and speechless by Acid Baby Jesus’s departure. Speaking just days beforehand with drummer, Marko, he offered us a very valuable point in how modern music is so fortunate to have such an timeless back catalogue of ‘greats’ to reference: “…it’s the first time a whole generation grows up with all the history of recorded music at our disposal”. When you consider the concept of Rock n’ Roll, akin to an artist emulating another movement through their painting, Impressionism for instance, yet distinctly follows a path of their own making; as Marko continues “…rock n’ roll as an art form has strong roots in certain traditions and sounds. We try to continue on that path while bringing our own sensibilities to it”, all comparisons to other musicians becomes almost irrelevant. Acid Baby Jesus are exceptional artists in their own right, one’s that are set to become a legacy of our generation; long live Rock n’ Roll!