L.A.-based Acidic performs Dec. 8 at Jokers in Richland

Dori O'Neal, Tri-City HeraldDecember 5, 2013 

Los Angeles-based rock band Acidic

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Acidic guitarist Michael Gossard was almost 13 years old when he auditioned for a position with a Disney kids Devo tour project.

Gossard got the gig because he was able to nail a piece of music on his guitar overnight, he said in a recent telephone interview.

When that tour ended, he knew music would be his future. He formed his Los Angeles-based rock band, Acidic, five years ago with Matt Whitaker on drums and Ted Dubrawski on bass. Gossard is the lead singer and guitarist.

Acidic comes to the Tri-Cities on Dec. 8 at Jokers on Wellsian Way in Richland. Also appearing will be Smile Empty Soul, First Decree and Lies Like Saints.

Showtime is 7 p.m. Cover is $12. The event is only for those 21 or older.

Acidic began making a name for itself after the release of the Copper Man album, which drew the attention of Mtley Cre's Nikki Sixx, who gave the album a thumbs-up on his national radio show. The band's Copper Man video has close to 1 million views on YouTube.com.

Gossard, from Los Angeles, said he inherited his love of music from his dad, who also is a musician.

"I was born singing," he said. "And grew up listening to a wide range of music that my parents listened to. I love all kinds of music."

As for the band's name, Gossard said he borrowed it from the back of a soda can.

"When we first got our band together, I found that it was easier to write a song than to try to come up with a name for us," Gossard said. "Then one day I was reading the back of a soda can and saw the word 'acidic' listed in the ingredients and thought, why not?"

Gossard is as eclectic in his interests as he is in music.

Besides lead guitar, he plays bass, drums, keyboards and synthesizers. He also holds black belts in various forms of martial arts, loves to cook and fly airplanes, and believes philanthropy is a good thing.

A portion of Acidic's album sales has been donated to the East Valley Animal Shelter in Los Angeles, and the guys also helped raise money for the One Love for Chi foundation, a charity that helped cover the medical expenses of Deftones metal band bass player Chi Cheng, who was seriously injured in a 2008 car crash and died earlier this year.

Gossard has performed martial arts demonstrations at public events around the country. But it's the music that feeds his soul, he said.

"Good rock 'n' roll is played with feeling and always conveys some kind of message," he said. "Sometimes songs come into my head when I'm sleeping."

Gossard is looking forward to the band's Tri-City gig for more than one reason.

"My sister goes to Whitman College in Walla Walla, so I hope to be able to visit with her while we're there," he said.

-- Dori O'Neal: 582-1514; doneal@tricityherald.com; Twitter: @dorioneal

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