Los Angeles is the type of place where it’s easy to keep your head down, stay low to the ground, and do your best to avoid the throngs of humanity.
So much traffic. So much frustration. So much white noise. It's easy to get lost in your own orbit, and tune the world out. It's easy to be oblivious to the simplest beauty that hides around the corner. This might explain why the music of Acetone has remained a bit of a secret. But it also explains what was so great about them. If you've somehow stumbled upon these words, I urge you to take a step further and seek out the songs of Richie Lee, Mark Lightcap, and Steve Hadley.
Acetone seeped out of the cracks of a smoggy culture, creating soulful art that mirrored the underground beauty of Los Angeles. Listening to their music, you can feel the old uneven sidewalk of a quiet Atwater neighborhood under your feet. Richie Lee's delicate voice fills your ears like the whisper of a friend. Mark Lightcap's guitar makes you feel that sense of longing that only music can capture. Steve Hadley’s cymbals splash like lazy waves on a deserted beach. The music is elegant and honest. It is powerful because it is subtle. The measured swells of energy remind you what feels so good about rock music. It's great Art” without being too arty.
Vapor Records proudly released two full-length records by Acetone, 1997’s ACETONE and 2000’s YORK BLVD. Both records received critical acclaim and glowing appreciation from music fans as they toured around the world headlining shows, and supporting the likes of Mazzy Star and Spiritualized.
Keyboardist Jason Yates joined the trio for the recording and touring for
YORK BLVD. Sadly, the band came to an end with the death of singer/bassist Richie Lee in the summer of 2001. Fortunately, Acetone left the records for us to listen to. Fans of Acetone are intensely proud to share the music of this band with others. Let’s face it. Secrets this great aren’t meant to be kept.