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Daniel Riddle, the Portland, Oregon-based musician, producer and master-level wizard, has been creating music as King Black Acid since the late ‘80s.  Riddle began KBA’s long and winding musical journey as a bedroom project while serving as the bassist for the seminal Portland punk act Hitting Birth.  Soon the project began to take on a life of its own, developing into a fully realized, ever evolving powerhouse of neo-psyche rock and birthing a multiplicity of sonic universes in the ears and minds of those open to experiences beyond the realm of the ordinary.  With six studio albums, a multitude of singles and original musical scores for productions such as The Mothman Prophecies, Buffy The Vampire Slayer, CSI and revered live performances, King Black Acid has become a Portland legend – an act that consistently recreates itself by breaking stifling musical parameters, all the while managing to throw so many catchy hooks that any attempts at escape are rendered useless. 

King Black Acid and The Crystal Unicorn is the full name of the current KBA line up, and, as always, consists of Riddle (who provides most of the writing, guitar, voice and production) and a group of skilled players handpicked to bring this music to its ultimate expression. Each incarnation of KBA’s reign is constructed to play to the strengths of the assembled personnel. Notable former members from a long list of luminaries include Scott Adamo of The Wipers, Joseph Trump of Pigface and Elliot Sharp’s Carbon, Nathon Jorg of Snowbud and the Flower People, Dan Eccles of Richmond Fontaine and Fernando and Jeff Trapp of Everclear. Each lineup displays a sound uniquely its own and simultaneously one that is bound together by Riddle’s emotionally charged songwriting and his signature approach to sonic creation.  Fittingly, each materialization of King Black Acid has been marked by a different band name – a typographical signpost directing the unconscious to aural worlds beyond our own. 

From 1995’s KBA and the Womb Star Orchestra’s lush, epic, long form jams that cemented the outfit’s place in the Space Rock Hall Of Fame and entranced all the whacked out kids in the underground of the Pacific Northwest and beyond, to the tightly refined psyche sounds of the turn of the millennium manifestation KBA and The Starseed Transmission, through the dark soundtrack work of KBA and the 144,000 Piece Acid Army, to the current line-up, the strange and beautiful sounds from Riddle’s heart, mind and soul pour out of the King Black Acid laboratory directly into the bloodstream. 

In June 2017, King Black Acid and the Crystal Unicorn released Super Beautiful Magic, KBA's sixth full length studio album as a split release on legendary Portland label Cavity Search Records and Riddle’s Mazinga Records imprint.

KBA and the Crystal Unicorn's live set features Daniel Riddle on lead vocals and guitar, Jonathan Moore on keys and vocals, Jordan Ruback on drums, Bryan Owens on lead guitar, Jeremiah Petersen on electric guitar, Erik Mimnaugh on bass and Christina Osborn on acoustic guitar and vocals.

Contact us at mazingarecords@gmail.com

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  • dale rapson

    dale rapson columbia city IN

    ONLY 250 copy's for record store day 4- 21- 18 . the only reason i have not bought KBA is, can't get vinyl...

    ONLY 250 copy's for record store day 4- 21- 18 . the only reason i have not bought KBA is, can't get vinyl...