Taiwan News Interview: Japanese psychedelic rock band Acid Mother Temple

Fans can experience a 'New Generation' of Acid Mothers Temple!

Acid Mothers Temple performed 100 gigs annually  (image by Acid Mothers Temple Facebook)

Acid Mothers Temple performed 100 gigs annually (image by Acid Mothers Temple Facebook)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Influential Japanese psychedelic rock band Acid Mothers Temple gave an electric performance at Pipe Live Music in Taipei on Nov. 29, and Taiwan News was lucky enough to interview them.

Acid Mothers Temple was founded by guitarist Kawabata Makoto in 1995. The group is renowned for the diversity of its members, who hail from a range of different backgrounds including both the art world and sex work.

The band came to Taiwan as part of the event series Originalive—a venture of White Wabbit Records that seeks out an eclectic mix of international performers for music-loving audiences in Taiwan.

After rocking the Taipei riverside venue, the members of Acid Mother Temple were happy to answer a few questions from Taiwan News.

1. How does it feel to perform again in Taiwan?

In 2016, 21 years since the group's founding, there was a major shift in the line-up and we officially added "Next Generation" to our name. We view the first 20 years as chapter one in our story, and we are now turning the page to start chapter two.

2. How would you describe your music now?

The Next Generation of Acid Mothers Temple features a rhythm section (from Nani & Wolf) which brings different rhythms to most of what you can hear in so-called classic rock. It's interesting to play our old classics again, especially featuring new vocalist Jyonson.

3. What are your plans for the future?

We currently play more than 100 shows each year. At the moment, we're about to release an album recorded across many different studios.

Next year, we will have short Japan tour in February and early March. Then we'll move on to touring Australia, New Zealand, and North America from the end of March to mid-May.

In the autumn, the tour continues on to Europe and South America. Acid Mothers Temple never stops!

4. What do you want to say to your Taiwanese fans?

Finally, Acid Mothers Temple has come back to Taiwan! Let's rock! Join us and enjoy our music! Come on, get your one-way ticket on the Milky Way Express, destination: the far side of the universe!

Acid Mothers Temple performing at Pipe Live Music (video by PIPE)