Boomkat Product Review:
"One Little Indian re-issue AC Acoustics’ much revered second album, ‘Victory Parts’, in re-mastered form, including thee extra tracks - ‘Shoka’, ‘Violent Peep’ and 1994’s long out of print ‘Hand Passes Plenty’ - in a re-ordered tracklist. CD2 includes a live set, ‘The Silver Echo & The Golden Echo’, recorded live at Reading Festival in 1996. Says lead singer Paul Campion of the re-issue, “I’m particularly pleased that additional rarer tracks have been included with this release and that a live concert recording is available at last. In this case from the Reading Festival and one of the many live recordings we were fortunate enough to make for the BBC. Turn the lights down, turn the volume up and hopefully you will get some small sense of what I’m told was often a formidable live experience. Whether these recordings come to you as a first encounter or as a point on a return journey, I sincerely hope they bring you much pleasure.” Formed in Glasgow in 1990, AC Acoustics’ original sound took its lead from the wave of mid-late 80s noise bands like JAMC and MBV. Their first release, 1992’s ‘Wrist Eye’ EP (featuring backing vocals from Teenage Fanclub’s Gerry Love), in addition to a show opening for PJ Harvey, brought the band to the attention of the music press and won them a session with John Peel. It also brought a record deal with Elemental, who released their debut mini album ‘Able Treasury’ to ecstatic reviews in 1994, with NME discovering a “mixture of the instantly recognisable and the frankly lunatic that makes AC Acoustics such a vital prospect.” By the time of its follow up, 1997’s ‘Victory Parts’, the band had evolved a more complex hook-heavy sound overlaid with Paul Campion’s intriguingly cryptic lyrics. The band toured heavily with the likes of Embrace, Stereophonics, dEUS and Placebo (Brian Molko a big champion of the band) but despite this, and glowing accolades for ‘Victory Parts’ in the music press, AC Acoustics were apparently destined to remain a cult act, ultimately calling it a day in 2003 after two further albums, ‘Understanding Music’ (2000) and ‘O’ (2002)."