Acidandali Show How Sound Improvisation Can Capture the Energy of Hardcore Punk

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Née: When Polly, Ale and Yiruim’s instruments go bad.
Raíces: Mexico City.
Sounds like: The hum of a million machines meditating before unleashing a bloodbath on humanity.
You should listen to Acidandali because…few can do sound improvisation and be as exciting as they are.


This trio of musicians might not look that different from other rock bands. They have their guitar, bass, and drums, but other than that, there might not be much to compare Acidandali to. They mostly use their rock arsenal to unleash noise on unsuspecting audiences, exploding onstage in cloud of arms, fists, feet, and music equipment; there’s an element of ecstatic joy and anger that happens when the band play their music, sometimes in the middle of the audience, sometimes on top of their instruments. Acidandali never just play concerts, they fight against sound until the very end, and usually come out on top.

The band came together in 2012 for a jam session and they hit it off right away. Since then, they have been recording a ton of releases, mostly improvised affairs that range from quiet electronic introspection to humming drones of amplifier buzz, with the occasional Radiohead or Sonic Youth cover song. They have played the Antes festival, opened for Phantogram and anywhere else that let them, including NRMAL/Austin Psych Fest showcase in Mexico City along with The Black Angels. They have been close with the Aquí No Hubo Escena people and have played at many of their shows, and even appear on the collective’s documentary. Their willingness to experiment have resulted in some permutations of the band like 66.6% (with members of Vyctoria). As you can see, they are quite busy most of the time.

Their latest release is an EP titled Terrain Vague, which encapsulates their sound very well, including rock riffs, the energy of hardcore punk, occasional sing-songy vocals, guitar skronk damage and tons of dissonance. It can also be abstract and meditative at different times, proof that, while not packing the punch of what the band presents on the live front, you can never really tell what you’ll get from them, other than an awfully good racket.