‘A cult phenomenon along the lines of Spacemen 3 or The Brian Jonestown Massacre, the band’s live shows are blistering displays of feedback, paranoia, guitar effects and Beach Boys vocals. The Lucid Dream have shot a new clip for highlight ‘Cold Killer’. Dark, demented guitar music built around a lysergic tip’ –[Premiered by] Clash.
The Lucid Dream also start their UK headline tour this week. Tickets sales are flying. They play the following dates:
Saturday 7th February: Wrexham Un Deg Un
Thursday 12th February: Bristol The Mothers Ruin
Friday 13th February: Liverpool The Magnet (+ DJ Set from James Skelly – The Coral)
Saturday 14th February: Manchester The Roadhouse
Friday 20th February: Newcastle The Cluny 2
Saturday 21st February: Carlisle The Brickyard
Tuesday 24th February: London Birthdays
Attendees will be able to purchase the coloured vinyl edition of the album over a month ahead of the 30th March official release in shops.
Cold Killer streaming below
Directed by Freakbeat Films, and filmed at last years Liverpool International Festival Of Psychedelia.
The Lucid Dream
The self-titled sophomore album
Out 30th March 2015
CD/Digital via Holy Are You? Recordings
Coloured vinyl via The Great Pop Supplement
‘Hold this band close to your heart as long as you can as before long everyone is going to own them. A resolute triumph’ – 5/5, Artrocker
‘Beneath the tidal waves of mind-melt psych and torrents of noise there are some genuinely great pieces of songwriting to behold.’ – 8/10, Louder Than War
‘Their self-titled release rises like a f**ked up Phoenix on dope and deep-fried Mars bars only to slowly get back to earth with a lovely awful crash and sound. Try this if you’re into hallucination and the melting pot of acts such as: Aphrodite’s Child, CAN, Jesus and the Mary Chain, Joy Division, Neu!, Spacemen 3. etc. Wicked indeed. ‘ –RRRR, Rock United
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The Lucid Dream’s 2nd album follows on from 2 hugely successful singles taken from the long player, ‘Moonstruck’ and ‘Unchained’, both released in 2014. Between them the singles gained support from BBC Radio 1, 2 plus major support from BBC 6 Music (Lauren Laverne, Marc Riley (including 2 sessions), Steve Lamacq, 6 Music Recommends, Tom Robinson and Gideon Coe). ‘Moonstruck’ earned the accolade of the fastest sell-out in Too Pure Singles Club history, selling out a month in advance of release, with both singles coinciding with sold-out UK dates.
Formed in Carlisle, Cumbria, in 2008, throughout 2010-2013 followed a string of sold-out 7”s, an EP and the debut album, ‘Songs Of Lies and Deceit’. These releases coincided with support slots/tours with Death In Vegas, Clinic, Spectrum, A Place To Bury Strangers, The Magic Band, The Aliens and Dead Skeletons, to name a few. Always a band with the ability to combine melody with experimentation and noise, it came as no surprise that earlier releases gained plaudits across the board.
From a live perspective, The Lucid Dream have completed 4 European tours, and appeared at festivals such as The Big Chill, Kendal Calling, and notably being the only act to be asked to perform at all 3 events held for the Liverpool International Festival Of Psychedelia. They were also asked to perform at Jodrell Bank Live, to an audience of 5,000.
The debut long player ‘Songs Of Lies and Deceit’ was released in August 2013 to critical acclaim from Uncut, Clash, Q, Rocksound, Classic Rock Magazine, and leading French print mag Les Inrocks. Reviews heaped praise on the bands ability to make a sonically challenging album, whilst maintaining an ear for a tune throughout.
New album ‘The Lucid Dream’ demonstrates the band covering new areas, as always is the ethos of band. ‘Mona Lisa’ and ‘Cold Killer’ channel the influence of German geniuses Can and Neu!, through to the free-form jazz/noise freak-out that is ‘Darkest Day’/’Head Musik’. The success of ‘Moonstruck’ and ‘Unchained’ has already shown the ability to have appeal across the board, whilst ‘Unchained Dub’ (already a live favourite) expresses the love of King Tubby/Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, already noted by fans and critics alike that The Lucid Dream are the only band of their ilk touching across so many areas. ‘Morning Breeze’, throughout its 7 minutes displays feedback experiments in the vein of Sonic Youth, through to the spaced-out bliss demonstrated by Verve. The album closes with ‘You + I’, a nod to early 60s pop, meets Mazzy Star, meets Spiritualized circa ‘Ladies and Gentlemen’.
Praise for 2013 debut ‘Songs of Lies and Deceit‘:
‘Noisier northern hopes’ – NME
‘A tremolo powered, Sonic Youth submarine voyage to Joe Meeks fabulous undersea kingdom’ – The Quietus
‘Stirring, epic material designed to expand minds and shatter the consciousness’ – Clash
‘One beautiful, half-remembered hallucination’ – Q
‘A sea of Mary Chain distortion’ – Uncut
“They revel in extracting every last tone from their combined wall of sound” – Classic Rock
“Tinnitus-tempting jangling guitars smothered in delicious reverb… it’s amongst the best psychedelic rock trips of 2013.” – The Line of Best Fit
“Skittish drums and gently psychedelic keys” – Rock Sound
“The guitars buzz, swirl and shimmer amidst expansive soundscapes” – Shindig!