Acid King Leans Into Psych Sounds And Big Conversations For ‘Beyond Vision’

[Cover photo credit to Kevork Demirjian]

Acid King, a pioneering Heavy Rock band fronted by Lori S., is returning with new album Beyond Vision on March 24, 2023 via Blues Funeral Recordings. The album sees the San Francisco-based band lean into “psychedelia and the avant-garde” and will be available in multiple formats including vinyl and cassette. The single “Destination Psych/Beyond Vision” is out now.

Lori S. explains:

The band was never really that psychedelic, but this is definitely more trippy because we’ve got keyboards and synthesizers. That’s something we’ve never had before on Acid King records. The songs really have no beginning or ending—they all just flow into each other. It’s meant to be listened to as one piece. The whole point was to have the listener feel like they’re on a journey. If you put headphones on, it’ll take you to whatever places you’d like to go to.

One might even say that Beyond Vision is a concept record of sorts, as Lori S. shares:

The record is based on the journey of life. Jason [Landrian] and I were having these heavy pandemic conversations at the practice space for two years, talking about all the stuff you go through being in bands, touring, your relationships in life, all that stuff. You think this trip is supposed to go one way, but it goes in very different ways that you can never imagine.

Beyond Vision contemplates life on Mars, life on the moon, and death, even in the furthest reaches of space since Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey was a key influence as well as the 2019 documentary Apollo 11 and its soundtrack.

Beyond Vision was recorded to two-inch tape courtesy of Dead & Company at Sharkbite Studios in Oakland, California. It was co-written and co-Produced by Black Cobra guitarist/vocalist Landrian and for recording, they were joined by Bryce Shelton (bass/synthesizer) and Jason Willer (drums).