A red convertible cruises through the desert while a woman gazes out into the sprawling sea of dirt and Joshua trees, a long cigarette hanging from her lips. The sounds of The Acid Sisters start to kick in: fuzzed-out, swirling guitars, followed by the sharp jangle of a tambourine and the thick thud of a bass drum. The minute-and-a-half short for Australian fashion line Black Milk Clothing uses a psychedelic cut from the band as its soundtrack. As the film's main characters stumble through the hazy halls of old casinos, the dark desert mischief at the heart of The Acid Sisters is revealed.
The group—husband-and-wife-duo Elayna (vocals) and Nick Thompson (guitar), Elizabeth Scheib (keys), Jacob Savage (drums) and Dusty Fruend (bass)—is a pummeling force of psychedelic rock ’n’ roll, with a romantic story at its core. “It’s definitely a lot cooler being in a band with your wife,” Nick says, though they’re not the only couple in The Acid Sisters. Savage and Scheib are engaged. “[Elayna] hadn’t been in a band before—she’d always been a part of it, but not [in] it. It’s been a pleasant surprise.”
Nick Thompson and Savage began kicking around the idea of jamming nearly a year ago, and eventually laid down some ideas. “We just started messing around and realized we had some good stuff.” They added Elayna—the theatrical heart of the live show—plus Scheib and Fruend, and played their first gig, a tribute to David Bowie at the Bunkhouse, in February.
On Saturday, The Acid Sisters open for all-female Black Sabbath cover band Black Sabbitch, alongside locals Candy Warpop and Joni’s Agenda. Nick says the band plans to record and release its first single, “Sci-Fi or Die,” soon. Listen for it at theacidsisters.com.
The Acid Sisters Opening for Black Sabbitch with Candy Warpop, Joni’s Agenda. September 3, 8 p.m., $7-$10. Backstage Bar & Billiards, 702-382-2227.
Editor's note: An earlier version of this story indicated that Elayna Thompson appeared in the Black Milk video. She did not.