Los Angeles-based band Acetone is a now long forgotten and that is a travesty, as the music they made is the aural equivalent of a sigh. Thankfully, Light In The Attic Records and some expert sleuthing by their associate Sam Sweet have uncovered the band’s story and their music. Sam Sweet documents the band’s nine-year history in Los Angeles 1992-2001 in his book Hadley Lee Lightcap that will be published this fall by All Night Menu on September 22nd. In conjunction with the release of the book, Light In The Attic will release Acetone 1992-2001, the first anthology of the band’s music.
The anthology spans the band’s early years in the scuzz-rock band Spinout whose debut came out in 1991 on Delicious Vinyl, Acetone’s guitarist Mark Lightcap, bassist Richie Lee and drummer Steve Hadley played together for a total of 15 years.
Between 1993 and 2001, Acetone released two LPs for Neil Young’s Vapor Records and an EP on Vernon Yard. They also toured relentlessly with Oasis, Mazzy Star, The Verve and Spiritualized but they never realized the commercial success with whom they toured. Acetone disbanded in 2001 after the suicide of Lee, which Rolling Stone briefly noted and also became the band’s first national press.
As dire as that seems, the band created interesting music that tapped deeply into the Southern Californian vibe with a little surf, country and psychedelia thrown in for good measure. Richie Lee said in 1997, “I think our music is all about moods and feeling but hopefully it will get as weird as it possibly can. We want things to get weird in the way that you could hear an Acetone song and know that no one else in the world could make that kind of music but us.”