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Hot young alternative-rock band ACIDIC are baking philanthropy right into their quest for musical fame.

The up-and-coming band have been described as “the youthful exuberance of Green Day with Coldplay sensitivity”, and their singles “Break me Down” and “Strata Red” are getting radio airtime nationwide.

Lead singer, guitarist and primary songwriter Michael Gossard (17) teamed up with bassist Ted Dubrawski (18) at high school to form the band. The pair, who have known each other since elementary school, soon recruited drummer Matt Whitaker (19), a university student.

Not only have the band released their debut CD, “Ironic Dreams,” (Amazon) and begun a tour, but they’ve also set up a charity, Help Us Help, through which they can split profits from their online CD sales to help their favorite causes.

The trio’s first charity campaign helped volunteers at the East Valley Animal Shelter where the Sylmar Fire and the foreclosure crisis left many of people homeless and their pets abandoned.

While playing the Bamboozle Left festival, ACIDIC shared the proceeds of CD sales at that event with the One Love for Chi Foundation to help defray the costs of medical care for Deftones bass player Chi Cheng, who was seriously injured in a car accident last November.

The band is also slated to do a benefit for the Leukemia Society later this year, a cause close to the band — drummer Matt is a cancer survivor who beat childhood leukemia aged seven.

A growing fan base has seen the band perform at such legendary venues as The House of Blues on Sunset, Whiskey A Go-Go, and The Knitting Factory, and we’re guessing this young band will go far.

For more about the band, visit, or their "MySpace’: and Facebook pages.

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