Band of the Day

2012.10.18

Wake Up Lucid

Brash, primordial rock and roll oozing with classic blues influences
And all you wanted was fame, girl, but it never came.
lyrics from Fame

Wake Up Lucid is a rock’n’roll band from Los Angeles, California. The band consists of a trio of cousins, Ryan Baca (vocals, guitar), Ian Baca (bass), and Jamie Baca (drums), who first started jamming together with their fathers--who introduced them to classic rock acts like Led Zeppelin and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young--while growing up in the desert down of Apple Valley, California. Prior to coming together as Wake Up Lucid, Ryan was playing in a two-piece band in South Lake Tahoe, California. He moved back down south, and reconnected with Ian. The two cousins found a drummer, but kicked him out two days before a show and brought in Jamie instead. In 2010, the three cousins released their debut EP Look Alive People, followed by the Sugar EP in 2011. Feel It, released in 2012, is Wake Up Lucid’s debut album.

If you’ve ever had a lucid dream, you’ll know that there’s a bizarre feeling of power from being able to control exactly what’s going on. Taking inspiration from this nocturnal phenomenon is Los Angeles rock band, Wake Up Lucid. In their case, the trio of cousins--vocalist/guitarist Ryan Baca, bassist Ian Baca, and drummer Jamie Baca--are taking control in a music scene saturated where auto-tuned vocals and synthesized instruments reign supreme, by going back to the primordial roots of pure rock and roll and classic blues influences. The eleven tracks on their 2012 debut album, Feel It, command you to do just that; to let yourself get caught up in a blazing whirlwind of raw, dangerous sounds.

Fans of the Black Keys/White Stripes school of rock, take note of opening track “Feel It.” From the sound of feedback kicking off the song, to the brash licks that truly complement the grit of Ryan Baca’s vocals, it proves that the guitar is still the king of rock and roll.

The Baca cousins first got their start while growing up in the town of Apple Valley, California, located on the southern edge of the Mojave Desert, engaging in jam sessions with their fathers, who introduced them to the likes of Neil Young, Led Zeppelin, and the Flamin’ Groovies.

You can hear these influences on songs like “When I Come Around,” which chugs along at a steady, bluesy pace leading up to Ryan’s animalistic howls of, “when I come around!” Taking more of an early 60s/British garage rock influence is “Fame,” while “Just Can’t Ignore” ups the rock ante with heavy guitar licks, crashing cymbals, and the brash, oozing-with-rock-swagger vocals.

Closing track “Black Hair Woman” is the longest one on the album, at over six minutes in length. It’s the kind of song that lends itself to putting on a huge pair of headphones, lying on a shag carpet, turning on a lava lamp and getting lost in a psychedelic haze; this is the kind of dream you won’t want to wake up from.