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Lucid Ground

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"New EP 'Shift' reviewed in the Illinois Entertainer"

Lucid Ground’s Shift is a compact, cohesive document of heavy, melodic, radio-friendly modern rock. Immediately catchy, the pummeling rhythm and thick bass in “Misdirection” lay the foundation for the huge hooks and biting guitar grit. Karl Hafner’s soulful, yearning vocals fuel “Reverse,” clearly expressing the confusion and regret of lost opportunity, and an emotional coda, “Lost You,” is a blistering, heart-rending finish. ( ground)
– Patrick Conlan

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Timing is everything for Lucid Ground.

Specifically, the timing that brought the members of the rock outfit to Chicago at the same time.

Vocalist Karl Hafner remembered struggling three years ago to piece together a permanent lineup with Luis Rodriguez (lead guitar) and Leonard Warren (drums), when his old friend Jeff Ulbrich (guitar, synthesizer, vocals) returned from L.A.

At about the same time, Brian Lorenc (bass, vocals)--who studied classical music with Ulbrich at Southern Illinois University--arrived in Chicago from Las Vegas.

"It kind of worked pretty well," Hafner said. "Everybody came back into town at the same time, right when we were looking."

Since then, Lucid Ground has been steadily climbing the musical ladder of success. The band has been featured on, was a finalist in the Emergenza international music competition and was a top-ranked group in Lollapalooaza's Last Band Standing contest. In August, Lucid Ground performed live on Q101's "The Morning Fix."

As Hafner's band piles up accomplishments, he remains modest. He dismissed the Q101 experience: "We went on there, played live. ... It was pretty cool."

Hafner and Lucid Ground will need that sort of levelheaded composure when they perform at Jan. 19 at the Metro as part of the Bodog Battle of the Bands' regional semifinals.

Lucid Ground is one of seven Chicago-area finalists left standing out of 1,000 bands--and one of the final 15 in the Midwest. If Lucid Ground wins the Midwest region, the band will embark on a competition tour that will be documented on Fuse TV. The national Bodog winner receives a $1million recording contract.

Despite the pressure, Hafner said nothing about Lucid Ground's live show will change.

"Everybody in the band gives 200 percent each show," he said. "We try to play for the crowd no matter if it's a thousand people or 10 people; you're going to get the same show from us."

[ Michael Schmitt is a redeye special contributor. ]

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'Conflicts & Tides' (2008)
1. Downcast
2. All To You
3. Embrace
4. Relegated
5. Learn To Speak
6. Anticipate
7. Follow

'Shift' (2008)
1. Breaking Point
2. Take Away
3. Reverse
4. Misdirection
5. Between The Lines
6. Lost You

'Last To Know' LP (2006)
1. Empty Table
2. Dissolve
3. Disagree
4. Plastic Devil
5. No Reason Why
6. One Track Mind
7. 1000 Piece Puzzle
8. Indecision
9. Origami
10. Recover

(single) "Reverse" featured on RockScarz Tattoo Magazine CD Compilation (2008)

(single) "Empty Table" featured on Windy City Records/Hostage Radio Winter Compilation (2006)

(single) "Origami" featured on Sexy Killer Records Compilation Volume 12 (2006)

(single) "Origami featured on Mr. Michael Productions' the Dresden King Compilation CD (2006)



Lucid Ground is a collective group of five diverse individuals that share a sonic vision of evolving modern rock music. Lucid Ground’s signature sound and captivating live performances emit a sonic dose of energy that combine driving hooks and unique melodies. The fusion of these elements has not only created a cult-like buzz around Chicago, but has also imposed a lasting impact on the city’s music scene. With the devotion of their fans, the band has begun exploring the possibilities of nation-wide appeal. Lucid Ground has shared the stage with many rock acts from members of Guns N Roses to Switchfoot. Recently, the band has been featured in the Chicago Tribune's Red Eye and on Q101's the Morning Fix Show, where they performed live and talked about their follow up to their well received debut LP 'Last To Know'. The new EP is entitled ‘Shift’ and has already received a great deal of recognition from all over the country. The band has been featured on, Q101's Music Mailroom, Fearless Radio, and has also had the privilege of being on of the top ranking bands in the Emergenza International music competition as well as Lollapalooza's Last Band Standing Competition where they were hand picked by Perry Farrell. Since inception only a couple of years ago, Lucid Ground is at the forefront of the Chicago scene and continue to expand their vision...