Lucid 8’s new album is somewhere between 95%-98% complete and we couldn't be happier with the way it’s turning out! We had the opportunity to sit and listen to it (and critique it) for the first time last weekend, and we think it’s safe to say… it ROCKS! There are 10 new songs, each one unique to say the least. We feel this album is our best work and that we finally found our signature sound. We poured every ounce of our souls into this album and we hope that will be evident the second you hit play and that first chord pierces your ear drums. This album is not just another compilation of songs; this album has something to say. It evokes emotion, it inspires, it motivates people to stand up for what they believe in, and much more. It’s been a long journey--9 months to be exact--but despite all the unforeseeable and often unavoidable conflict that arises when taking on a project of this magnitude, we can honestly say it’s all been worth it! We had our first drum tracking session back in June of 2013 and will have our final mixing session on Monday, March 3rd. And on March 8th we hand it over to the record label for final mastering and packaging. And on April 5th you can have it in your hands, in your car stereo, or on your computer. Trust us… this is one album you’re going to want in your collection!
Have you ever wondered where bands get the inspiration for their song lyrics? Well, so have we. Lyric writing is probably the hardest part of song composition. Sometimes the lyrics are written before the music, but in an ideal world, music should come first so you can then fit the words with the melody; however, there can and always will be exceptions. In our opinion, the lyrics are the soul and should be poetic, meaningful, and when applicable, kept as ambiguous as possible. There are songs that are personal in nature and need to be specific in order to give the song/story justice, but it’s usually best for the listener to be able put himself or herself into the story so that the song becomes relate-able. Here are some examples from our upcoming album. The first is a lyric from “Dune Chick” written by our guitarist Iann L. Murray:
“Rabbit kisses take my fears away. I was living for the past now I’m living for today. Window pane’s my soul for all the world to see. Rabbit kisses well they set me… they set me free.”
Here’s another example. These lyrics were written one line at a time over a period of six months. This is from the song “Idle Revolution” by Jonny Craddock:
“In a world that's hearing impaired, the blind will lead the blind. In a world far beyond repair, we find the curse of the wayward mind. Everyone flaunts opinions, backed only by hearsay. Complaints will be disregarded; verbal warfare is child’s play. Verbal warfare is child’s play.”
With just 2 songs that still need vocals (which, by the way, are still in need of that perfect lyric) the excitement and anticipation for this album grows exponentially. We are looking at a release date somewhere in the vicinity of April 4th or 5th and really hope that we can complete this album in time. We love it and we hope that you will, too! Lyrics and all!
Lucid 8's new album is almost done! We need to finish tracking the vocals for just 3 more songs and then it will be ready for mixing and mastering! Our goal is to have it available at the beginning of April. This album, we think - but don't take our word for it, is by far the most musically creative and the most technically minded album yet. The raw energy contained in these tracks is infectious to say the least. The tracks are somewhat eclectic due to the fact that they all could be categorized in different genres, but somehow, they manage to remain somewhat cohesive as an entire album. We look forward to sharing it with you and hope you are as excited as we are!
If any of you Lucid 8 fans have ever wondered where our name came from, then you're in luck because this blog post should shed some light on the subject. When the band was first formed in March of 2010 there were four members and were known as Trustfall. That name was quickly changed to The Blacklist and then a few weeks later was changed again to Lucid 8. For those of you who may not know, the word "lucid" means very clear and easy to understand, able to think clearly and/or having full use of one's faculties (sane) as well as shining, luminous, or translucent. When deciding upon a new name drummer, Jonny Craddock, had been studying lucid dreaming and so that's where the "lucid" part derives from. The "8" in Lucid 8 is meant to represent the infinity symbol, meaning the band wishes to remain lucid forever. As a side note, guitar player, Andy Craddock, had 8 kids at the time, so the number 8 just seemed logical. And let's not forget that Lucid 8 is a play on words (elucidate). So we hope that this blog has been informative and that you feel somewhat educated and/or illuminated, incandescent, effervescent, and of course, lucid!
Lead vocals have begun and Eddy is killing it! So far he has tracked 3 of the 10 songs on the new album. On the first day he tracked one of our more progressive/metal songs called "Rapid Eye Movement" or "R.E.M.". And during the next session he tracked Iann L. Murray's song "Dune Chick" - a true story about a random chick that Iann met and then engaged him in a profound literary discussion. He also finished one of the two ballads that will be on the album entitled "Pieces" - a song dedicated to the kids of each band member. It looks like we will finish vocals by the end of the month and will be ready for a Spring release! Get ready, Lucid 8 fans, this is going to be the best album yet!
Last night we tracked all the guitar solos (8 in all) and they sound amazing! Andy and Iann brought their "A" game and were done in just under 3 hours! Now, since we are ahead of schedule, we will be starting vocals early and Eddy will be tearing it up in the vocal booth tonight! For more updates and info about our new album be sure to fan us here on reverbnation or follow us on facebook. Our album is due out next Spring and we got a good feeling about this one!
Two members of our band (Eddy and Jonny) had the opportunity to sit down and chat with Mic and Allen on their morning show on Utah's Rock Station KBER 101.1. They talked about and promoted Lucid 8's show on Saturday, August 24th @ 6:00pm at Barbery Coast, their current album (American Eyesore), and the progress being made on Lucid 8's upcoming album (Idle Revolution). If you would like to hear your favorite Lucid 8 song played on the radio, then be sure to give Mic and Allen a call and request Lucid 8. Thank you! And a very special thanks to Mic and Allen for having us!
When it comes to catchy melodies and power vocals, many will agree that Eddy Williams has what it takes and belongs on the upper tier with the big boys of rock. Eddy's voice is unique to say the least. If you enjoy that raspy, edgy rock sound, but also have an inkling for that soft, melodic sound so popular with mainstream music today, Eddy's style will not disappoint. Eddy has been singing since childhood, but, believe it or not, believes he was born tone deaf. Eddy had to work hard to develop his talent, and all of us that know him and have experienced his voice firsthand are glad that he did. He has been with several different groups over the years, some of which include: Common Ground and Society. For over 3 years now Eddy has been lead vocalist for Lucid 8. In fact, Eddy is one of the original members and founders of the band. He has given Lucid 8 several memorable songs, including: "Free", "Closure", "Out of the Dark" and "You're Not Broken". Eddy is now in the works on his first solo project (Eddy Williams - Sanctuary) coming soon. If you are interested in hearing/experiencing Eddy's voice then check out Lucid 8 and/or Eddy Williams. You can find his solo facebook page here:
I am always on the lookout for new bands and new music that isn't that same old cookie-cutter music that is found on mainstream radio. This is usually a hit and miss project. Let me tell you that this album and this group hit it out of the park. Lucid 8's unique sound, which is a nice mix of classic rock, some grunge, some blues and a little country sprinkled in here and there, is a refreshing find. Don't get me wrong, I still listen to the radio to see what is out there and I still enjoy some of it. I have just found myself getting tired of the same thing being put out by the record companies that is geared toward the teen to the young 20-something. Lucid 8 has given me hope that there are still bands out there that can write original songs that have a deeper, more mature theme with some great sounding music behind it. From Blue Tuesday to Love Song to The Rain, each song has something new and different to offer to the listener. If you are looking for something new to stick on your ipod or iphone, give Lucid 8's American Eyesore a try. I promise that you won't regret it. They will leave you tapping your foot and humming their melodies throughout the day.
Lucid 8 American Eyesore Self-Released Street: 01.13 Lucid 8 = Green Jellÿ + Lifehouse + The Rembrandts Lucid 8’s debut full-length is a testament to the influences the band members cite as their musical inspiration. The songs on the album reflect a definite ’90s sensibility, with tracks that could not only fit in happily on the radio between Everclear and Third Eye Blind , but also fit in just fine as the title track of a fave ’90s TV show. Some of the material even has a TV-theme vibe, which reflects the marketability of the band’s sound. With a classic rock ensemble and feel, a touch of punk, a smidge of surf and a dash of anarchist lyrics, Lucid 8 are making a clear statement about their sonic perspective. If you enjoy ’90s rock classics, this album is for you. – Ischa B.