I have had far too many lucid dreams after visiting Carlisle, not usually in a good way. I am from a Cumbrian family and, although I have never lived there myself, I have as strange a relationship with this city as any. Carlisle for me equated to visiting sick and dying relatives in hospital, which is why I am glad that this band give me something else to identify with it.
The Lucid Dream are a four piece from the border city and seem to have been causing quite a stir with three sold out 7 inch singles and one sold out vinyl lp (the excellent Songs of Lies and Deceit) apparently now available on cd and download. It is a a really good, and quite eclectic and coherent, album. The band play a tight blend of what many may call traditional psychedelia, while sounding very contemporary and relevant. I have seen them described as being ‘record collection rock band’, and while it is true that they do wear their influences on their sleeve these are quite broad. So while you may get the expected nods to ‘Nuggets’ bands and the likes of Spacemen 3, there influences such as David Bowie, The Damned, and even KLF. In the right hands such an approach can prove very rewarding, and this is certainly the case with The Lucid Dream.
So safe to say that while their musical hinterland is far too big to map out here, they do take you on quite a journey over the topography of rock (and pop) usually quite sedately at first and then at quite a speed. This is what makes them such an enticing live proposition since the change of pace in many of their tracks is quite breathtaking since many lull you into a certain groove before heading off at a quite insane breakneck pace. Just brilliant.
As well as playing the Liverpool International Festival of Psychedelia, the band are playing a number of other gigs around the country this autumn, it might be worth checking them out before you have to fight for tickets. If they are anything like many of their tracks, after their quite start they are going to be huge.
This is the third in my series of posts about bands that I have found while going through the bill of the Liverpool International Festival of Psychedelia. Do not forget that you can also follow my research as I gradually add to my Spotify playlist “PsychBest” (click on the link or search “PsychBest on Spotify) which includes tracks from those who are appearing at the Liverpool Fesitval, along with a couple who are not but whom I have also discovered along the way.