As Kennedy himself says, “The ACID record is a culmination of all of my influences over the years and I think it’s the best work I’ve done to date. Jesus and Mary Chain meets Love and Rockets meets Cheap Trick, the Ramones and T. Rex is what I was going for. I’m very proud of this record and its different, yet familiar influential sound.”
Sweet Sweet Music talked to Bobby Kennedy.
For every song you record, how many end up in the bin?
I would say about 5.
With every song you write, are you still learning to become an even better songwriter?
I think I am better and faster at recognizing a bad song and move on to the next one more easily.
As an artist, you chose to show your emotions to the world. Is it always comfortable to do so?
I’m comfortable with it because there are no emotions that haven’t already been expressed in other songs in the past.
Any ideas about how to turn this one into a million seller?
I don’t have a master plan with Crawling but I hope this video will at least get it some exposure.
What’s the gig you will always remember? And why?
Acid’s first gig in 2012 because everything that could possibly go wrong, did. We got a sarcastic ovation when we finally managed to get through the first song.
When was the last time you thought ‘I just wrote a hit!’?
I don’t know if I thought it was a “hit song” but there have been a few times when I’ve thought “wow, that’s pretty good” and I can see so and so covering this song.
Is recording a record easier than getting it heard nowadays?
I think it’s harder to rise above the pack with Everyone promoting themselves on the internet. It’s more of an even playing field now so I guess it’s about who wants it more.
Recording music. What’s all the fun about?
Some people hate recording. I love it. You can do anything at home now so I’m my opinion, the key is to set limits of when a song is done and when to move on.
Playing music in front of a crowd. What’s all the fun about?
Live is fun when you play well and the crowd reacts positively. Not so fun when you suck.
Always proud to answer ‘I am a musician’ to the question ‘what are you doing?’?
No not proud to answer that. I always feel people think I’m a loser when I say I’m a musician. I usually mention that last.
You can’t control the way people ‘hear’ your music. But if you could make them aware of certain aspects, you think, set your songs apart. What would they be?
I think my songs are short, catchy and are heavy enough to appeal to rockers yet fun enough for the pop crowd. But what do I know?
Read Don Valentine’s take on this, here.