Acid Klaus is the new collaborative solo project from Sheffield electronic artist Adrian Flanagan, who you may know from The Moonlandingz, International Teachers of Pop or Eccentronic Research Council. (He was also briefly in The Fall.) The debut Acid Klaus album is titled Step On My Travelator: The Imagined Career Trajectory of Superstar DJ & Dance-Pop Producer, Melvin Harris and will be out November 18 via Yard Act's ZEN F.C. label. With help from ERC bandmate (and All Seeing I cofounder) Dean Honer, the album features collaborations with Richard Hawley, actress Maxine Peake, Charlotte Kemp Muhl (Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger, Uni), Sink Ya Teeth's Maria Uzor, and more.
As the title suggests, it's also a concept album: “Conceptually and with great style and panache there is a sub-story that plays out via the imagined career trajectory of fictional musician and DJ, Melvin Harris," he says. "In many ways, I am Melvin where unwavering creativity and ambition, mental illness, and a persuasive addictive personality merge heartedly with the R&R (Rave & Roll) dream. A dream-cum-nightmare that is perpetuated and encouraged by an industry that reaps the benefits and feasts on the clotted blood of its fallen and broken troubadours and almost always – like an age-old cautionary tale – ends in cliche."