Clearly, Los Angeles three-piece Wake up Lucid are not playing it subtle on “Get Fucked.” The song is a nine-minute languid roll of a groove, somewhere between Dead Meadow-style shoegaze drawl and rawer, underfed Stooges-style snarling heavy rock, taken from their soon-to-be-released second full-length, Gone with the Night. Effects add an otherworldly choppiness to the guitars on what becomes an extended jam, the lineup of Ryan Baca, Ian Baca and Jamie Baca — all cousins — devolving what seems at first like a relatively straightforward structure into a smoldering pile of noise-wash goo topped with unhinged shouts.
And the best part of the whole thing? That’s when the bassline kicks back in and they easy-ride that groove into the fadeout ending a progression that sounds more or less like it could just keep going into perpetuity, the final lyric, “Look what I started,” vigilantly ominous over the hazy atmosphere that emerges. It’s a long way from where “Get Fucked” started, its invitation handed out liberally in between, and while I haven’t heard the rest of Gone with the Night, both the initial bounce of the track and the fluidity with which it shifts into off-kilter heavy psych weirdness — synth and swirl never quite gone, but swelling to the fore later on — speak of a vicious approach at work.
We’ll find out on March 31, when Wake up Lucid releases Gone with the Night on their own WUL Records. The album was produced by The Icarus Line‘s Joe Cardamone, and you can find out more in the PR wire info that follows the track below.
On their upcoming fourth release Gone With The Night, Los Angeles gutter rock trio Wake Up Lucid puts it simply: “Give us something real, something we can feel. Or get fucked.” This statement resounds as both rejection of fakery and pursuit of honest music, which have remained Wake Up Lucid’s only guidelines for writing and performing throughout the half decade’s worth of their existence. The new album was produced by Icarus Line’s Joe Cardamone at his studio, Valley Recording Co. in Burbank and is being released March 31 on WUL Records.
Gone With The Night is a sampling of the fruits of the group’s determined efforts to develop further as song-writers, offering songs that are much more focused and realized, and diversely dynamic — a departure from the band’s usual m.o. of grit and groove hammered-out at high volumes — while still maintaining the inimitable Wake Up Lucid vibe that has crept around L.A. for the past few years.
Their authenticity and immediacy as writers and performers is rooted in their experience of growing up together in the same extended family—a musical one to boot. After pursuing their respective musical aspirations in other outfits, they formed their own some six years ago, distilling their now matured, ripened abilities into the woozy juggernaut that is Wake Up Lucid.California, Gone with the Night, Los Angeles, Wake up Lucid, Wake up Lucid Gone with the Night, WUL Records