Imagine a superband in which Oliver Ackermann from A Place To Bury Strangers plays with a young Jah Wobble. Well, you don’t need to, The Lucid Dream can give you all that and more, including a melodica.
By my reckoning, this is the 9th time I have seen the Cumbrian band at work and they just keep getting better and better and better. The past couple of gigs they seemed to have toned down the wall of noise guitar but it was back with a vengeance last night. Front man Mark Emmerson was simply astounding, he was playing like a man possessed. What this guy can do with a guitar and a set of pedals is jaw dropping. Meanwhile Mike Denton on bass continues to show that he is the best bass player on the psych scene. Watching these two working together on stage is a privilege. And never forgetting Wayne Jefferson and Luke Anderson who don’t grab the attention but work tirelessly to keep things monolithic.
Opener ‘Mona Lisa’ has now become a krautrock masterpiece of motorik propulsion and is the perfect set opener. The new dub song which will surely be the centre point of their upcoming second album in February is divine. While Mark fiddles with a dub siren to make noises like a Space Invader arcade machine shagging a car alarm, Mike lays down a bass line that may still be rumbling around the foundations. And for us lucky bleeders they played both parts 1 & 2 of their epic, transcendent call to arms, their journey into the realms of musical possibilities that is ‘Sweet Hold On Me’.
Amazing, just amazing. By the end an almost religious fervour had descended. Quite possibly the gig of the year (not factoring Liverpool Psych Fest). It had everything, innovative guitar abuse but with a pounding groove that could keep you dancing into the night. It had a red-hot, ambitious young band playing out of their bones, never mind skin. The venue was brilliant with a great crowd of psych heads.
And they just keep getting better and better and better. It’s scary how they just keep taking it to a new level. But mainly it’s exhilarating…