We first discovered Lucid Rising by fluke back at Portsmouth Psych Fest early last year and were pleasantly surprised by their unique, energetic live performance. The band have been making a name for themselves locally and beyond including touring across Europe last summer. We spoke to the band in the run up to their Icebreaker Festival performance this weekend to discuss new music, playing live and the future!
Hi there! Firstly, so that our readers can know a bit more about you, please introduce Lucid Rising:
Well, we’re Lucid Rising, a rhythm and blues/rock n’ roll band from Portsmouth, and have been together for around three years now – with influences from artists like Bob Dylan to the Kinks, Everly Brothers to the Stones, we experimented for a long time with different genres; actually starting out with psychedelia (hence the name).
You’re currently in the process of recording/finishing up your latest EP. What can we expect from this forthcoming release?
It originally started out as an EP, a collection of four of our favourite originals from last year. However, this will be our first proper release of material and, with the little exposure we have, we figured it’d be better to try our hand at selling four singles separately as opposed to one big EP campaign that would most likely go amiss. As well as this, the songs are different stylistically; ranging from folk rock to 50’s R&B. But we really do think that each song is strong enough to be a single – we’ll see.
Icebreaker Festival is coming up towards the end of the month and you’re set to play Strong Island’s stage at The Fat Fox. If you could pick any two other bands who are playing at the festival to tour the world with, who would it be and how come?
Well, last year we shared a bill with Number 9 and we thought they were fantastic; musically very close to us and had great stage presence-they’re good guys too. That would be a good tour. We had a chance to tour with a few European bands over the summer and often the best times were jamming with them in the evening so that would be a vital part for us! Shoot The Duke are brilliant too, yet to listen to their new recording actually!
Last year you played some gigs across Europe including finishing the year up in Germany! But if you could play absolutely anywhere in the whole world, where would it be and why?
As much as it is a cliché, America would be the place to go. More so for the old blues circuits, the Honky-Tonks; Whisky A Go Go etc. Our biggest influences were from bands that started out and thrived on those circuits so that would be a must. But then there’s many European countries we’d love to go to also, tough question!
Finally, have you got anything to share regarding upcoming gigs and what have you got planned for the rest of 2019?
Well this year, we have it in mind to reduce the gigs, refine our sound and start focusing on promoting ourselves more. With that said, we have a headline gig in Brighton on the 19th April, and hopefully going out to play Traumzeit Festival in Germany some time in June- we’ll see about that one. We’ll finish mastering our tracks in February and aim to release the first single, ‘I Got Eyes’, in March.
We’d like to thank Lucid Rising very much for their time! You can check out their music and also connect with the band via the social media links below. If you’re heading to Icebreaker Festival this weekend be sure to catch the band at The Fat Fox on Saturday 26th January at 15:55!