There’s visceral and then there’s Wake Up Lucid. The L.A.-based trio of cousins — Ryan, Ian and Jamie Baca — have been making not-so-nice for about five years now, with two EPs and the 2012 full-length “Feel It” outlining their agenda to make heavy blues so dangerous it should be on a do-not-fly list. Live, they play with the lights down low but everything else turned up, leaving bleeding ears to sort out the beauty in their muck and mire. And there is beauty, especially on Wake Up Lucid’s forthcoming EP “Gone With the Night.” More than their previous work, their 30 minutes (!) of new music reveals a broader dynamic, crystallized on the writerly, acoustic-electric title track. The galloping “White Collar Love” is a concise, blue-collar single; the previously teased “I Want” tests high for toxicity; and then there is “Get F*cked,” a 9-minute stew that simmers and then boils over in apoplexy. No surprise that Wake Up Lucid does their studio work with another purveyor of uncompromising heavy music, Joe Cardamone of the Icarus Line. There, “Get F*cked” is a high compliment.
Review: Wake Up Lucid – Gone With The Night
“In a time where the pretty are getting everything, sans intelligence, and the ones with fight are continuously being pushed into the shadows I must say I wasn’t expecting the shadows to come to life like Wake Up Lucid did here. The combination of power-rock, laid out with precision, topped with lyrics that instantly suck you in, drenched in a dimly lit hole you pass by daily but never stop to admire, makes me think if Nirvana were still around we’d end up somewhere in the neighborhood of Wake Up Lucid and this unforgettable sound…” Read the whole review here