Acid Reign are an icon of British thrash metal, with their first release 'The Fear' being released way back in 1989. The band split in 1991 and for a long time Acid Reign were no more. The band re-formed in 2014 with Howard "H" Smith the only surviving member from the early days.
2019 saw the bands first release in 29 years with'The Age Of Entitlement' to huge critical praise. I recently caught up with Howard to talk about quarantine, 'The Age Of Entitlement' and how the world has changed in the thirty years of Acid Reign...
"I could sing as I’d been in choir in primary school and I really wanted to do it. A few years later we signed a deal with MFN and the dream became a reality!"
Firstly, I have to ask this at the moment, how have you guys been coping in the lock-down, what kind of things have you been up to since the lock-down came into effect. Well we did a lock-down video for Blood Makes Noise that Suzanne Vega joined us on and we’re live on Facebook every Saturday other than that not a lot. Just all trying to hold our heads/jobs/lives/careers/families together like everyone else. How did you get into writing and creating music? Was there a decisive moment or event that you remember that made you stop and think, wow, holy shit! THIS is what I want to do with my life? I just did. I formed a band, knew I could sing as I’d been in choir in primary school and I really wanted to do it. A few years later we signed a deal with MFN and the dream became a reality! At that point it didn’t so much “hit me” I just thought, good, now I can get shit done! Ha ha! Lets, go way, way back, before I was even born. To ‘The Fear’ which was released in 1989. What bands were you listening to back then that influenced you back in those days?
31 years ago? What was I listening to? Like I can remember that! Ha ha ah ah ah aha. Just about everything that was around as always including Suzanne Vega. There is a lyric in Blind Aggression that I lifted off one of her songs as the phrase fitted perfectly. It’s only three words but it was key. 30 years later she’s on our album. Brilliant!