Lords of Acid, the landmark Belgian electro-industrial who are set to release their first new album in over 11 years on Apr. 10, took fan interaction to an entirely new level during the recording of Deep Chills allowing fans to name the release, as well as song subject matter and song titles.
"Thanks to social media there have never been more ways to get in touch with your fans. Fan involvement and support is the life blood that keeps us going," explains band founder Praga Kahn. The band utilized social media and online outlets to reach listeners and get input. Fans were responsible for the album title as well as several of the song subjects including "Drowning in Ecstasy," "Sole Sucker" and "Long Johns."
Khan, also known by birth name Maurice Engelen is no stranger to fan-driven, online initiatives. In 2009, Engelen co-founded SonicAngel, an international hybrid record label that marries fan funding, corporate sponsorship and traditional label promotions to help prosper undiscovered talent. The label's greatest success to date has been with Belgian musician Tom Dice who has received a gold record in his native country.
The 14-track album was recorded between Belgium and Los Angeles with Praga Khan and longtime collaborator Erhan Kurkun working on the music and arrangements. Vixen vocalist DJ Mea takes center stage throughout the album.
Deep Chills' first single, "Pop That Tooshie," will be released as a digital single on Mar. 20 with remixes from Army of the Universe, Angelspit and 3KStatic. The song features vocals from adult superstar Alana Evans.
Deep Chills track listing:
01. Little Mighty Rabbit (Album Version)
02. Drowning In Ecstasy (Album Version)
03. Long Johns
04. Sole Sucker (Album Version)
05. Pop That Tooshie (feat. Alana Evans)
06. Love Bus
07. Children Of Acid
08. Hot Magma
09. Medicine Man
10. Censorship Blows
11. Slip N Slide
12. Mary Queen of Slots
13. Paranormal Energy (feat. Zak Bagans)
14. Surfin' Hedgehog
Lords of Acid formed in 1988 with their biggest selling album being Voodoo-U, which was certified gold (sales in excess of 500,000 copies) in the U.S. The band will announce a Spring 2012 North American tour soon.