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Dominic and the Lucid were once described as having “the unique ability to defy convention… while retaining an air of familiarity and comfort.” It is this quality that makes them so immediately likable. Established in 2003, the band originally featured Charles C. Gagne on drums, Nathan Cyr on bass, and Dominic Lavoie’s guitar and melodic, intricate vocal. These three members hail from a small town on the border of Maine and Canada, and have known each other for most of their lives. Along with the recent addition of Scott Mohler on guitar and keys, the band has solidified into something greater than just the sum of its parts.
Voted or nominated either best live act, best male vocal, or best album in the Portland Phoenix Best Music Poll every year since their inception, Dominic and the Lucid have been stalwart in the Portland, Maine music scene from the start. They have since gone on to establish their presence at festivals and clubs throughout New England and New York, and their catalogue consists of several EPs and compilation credits, as well as three very well received LPs. The band is currently working in the studio recording their fourth full length record, and is looking to release it early to mid-summer 2012.
They have a sound that can be described as neo-progressive, asserting diverse qualities reminiscent of Pink Floyd , The Kinks, The Beatles to Bends-era-Radiohead. This is a band that is heralded by both critics and fans as having a sound that is both familiar and new at the same time—an oxymoron the group both appreciates and strives for.
Dominic and the Lucid have played at the prestigious Port City Music Hall and The State Theatre in Portland, ME, as well as other renowned New England venues. They have opened for many bands, some of which were Blind Melon, Sam Roberts Band, Mother Mother, Starlight Mints, and Rustic Overtones. They were 2010 Arootsakoostik Festival Headliners, 2010 Alive at Five Summer Music Series Headliners, 2010 CMJ Festival in New York City, 2011 Arootsakoostik Festival Headliners, and played both 2011 Camp Creek Music Festival (with Max Creek, the Brew) in Oxford, ME, as well as the 2011 Kah-Bang Music Festival (with My Morning Jacket, Grace Potter).