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York Blvd. was Acetone's final release before singer Richie Lee's suicide. Their fifth studio album remains a favorite among fans as it contrasts higher production values with a return to the bare-bones, song-architecture of their 1993 debut Cindy. The opening "Things Are Gonna Be Alright" is a slow-burner that sets the tone with Mark Lightcap's lazy licks flickering like a flame under Lee's tastefully simplistic bass lines while drummer Steve Hadley's brushes on the snare and cymbals provide texture and shimmering resonance. The catchy and cool "Wonderful World" was the closest thing that Acetone had to a radio hit with its up-tempo chorus and hushed harmonies that make way for Lightcap approximating a Crazy Horse crunch on his guitar solo. Up until this album the Los Angeles trio had garnered many comparisons to Low (because of their nod-out tempos) and Spiritualized (for their ability to turn Velvet Underground- inspired tones into panoramic drones), but the twangy "Like I Told You" found Acetone's former flirtations with California country rock on 1995's I Guess I Would manifesting into their own original sound.

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For Shame

A fantastic band, that never made it as far as they should have. If you've never heard these guys, they're a real gem. Strongly influenced by VU, surf rock, jazz, country psychedelia. Sweet harmonies. Tremendous 3 piece. For newbies try Wonderful World and It's A Lie.


Formed: 1992 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Largely passed by in the alternative music sweepstakes of the mid-'90s, Acetone pursued indie rock with influences from two of their Southern California forebears, the Beach Boys and Gram Parsons, with plenty of the Velvet Underground thrown in as well. Officially formed in 1992 by guitarist Mark Lightcap, bassist Richie Lee and drummer Steve Hadley, the group had actually existed as early as 1987, when the trio began playing around Los Angeles. After working for several years with a succession of...
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