Rocketed into the 4th dimension of U.S. major label-land when some of the members were only age 17, the newly formed band reached #2 on the EDGE 102.1 and were in regular rotation with the video for their debut “Highway 61” soundtrack single, “Mr. Skin“. Radio’s infatuation with the band caught on nationwide where they continued to chart in the top 40 at CHR Radio across Canada with the song, as well as with tracks “Higher” and “Dance”.
Original 90’s band members Lucy Di Santo (vox,bass), Steve Fall (guitars), Mike Harland (DJ/keyboardist), and Atom Percy (keyboards & production) always knew they had more to say musically than what their brief, one-record 1993 release ‘Drop’ on Sire/Warner demonstrated, and thus always kept the hope alive to re-unite and release a follow-up.
Then tragedy struck. Mike Harland, aka DJ Jus’Rite (DJ/keyboardist), suddenly passed away in May of 2012. It was Harland’s desire to see a reunion of the band happen and it only seemed fitting to the remaining members that they realize this dream.
After years of honing their individual skills with other projects, including recording and performing with Econoline Crush, Bif Naked, Innerstate, ON, and others, the band members had matured and they owed it to themselves, to Mike, and to the fans who continued to wait, to bring back the magic. The time was ‘just right’.
The band began to write, despite the vast distance between the members – Atom now resided in British Columbia, Steve in Nova Scotia, and Lucy in Toronto. Added into that mix was their new-recruit, and Adam’s long-time musical partner, renowned drummer Tim van de Ven, who hails from Montréal. Now spanning the entire Canadian continent, Acid Test had to get creative during the writing process.
Using the internet, their smart phones, and modern technology to their advantage, the band have recorded some new hard-grooving tracks for a new album, with an expected release in late summer of 2017. So far these tracks invoke a modern revival of the Hacienda-era party vibe – every track being an adventure for the mind – and Acid Test is primed to share their sound again with the world.
The excitement is palpable. Catch the groove.