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Los Angeles, California, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2011 | SELF

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"Review: Wake Up Lucid – Gone With The Night"

The stark contrast between the glam of overpriced stage shows on national/international award shows and the raw hard work of the passionate proverbial “underground” never ceases to inspire. But finding the right argument for and against the contrast can be a challenging endeavor.

On one hand we have the Tom Bradys of music. You know, the pretty music married to even prettier model spouses, but find a way to bitch about how unfair life is, yet seem to have everything fall their way. On the other hand we have the grinding, dirty, hardworking rock that is so filled with passion and emotion they let their sound do all the talking; for the sake of understanding we’ll refer to this as the “Marshawn Lynch” music.

And it is exactly that passion and emotion, the weaving of fuzzy, gutter rock with a seemingly uncaring, but obviously massive, lyrical power that drives the fourth release of Los Angeles’ Wake Up Lucid. The Beast-Mode of a sound approaches you without reservation or pretense, beats the hell out of you with an intense energy, and then leaves you feeling like you need a shower; but deep down inside you know you liked it.

The first four songs from Gone With The Night, “White Collar Love” through “I Want,” exudes an underground vibe filled with leather jackets, spiked hair, questionable piercings and total disregard for self-preservation in a way that invigorates even the most conservative. The dank, dark venue in your mind is quickly found by the trio that explains their latest work with “Give us something real, something we can feel. Or get fucked.”

And this explanation hones in on, and obliterates, any preconception with what follows the first four tracks. Coming in at over nine minutes, “Get Fucked” takes a size thirteen boot, that wears scuffs and time with pride, and curb-stomps the Brady sounds of the world. The sexy, jam-style, hard-pressing sound of this single song elevates Gone With The Night to an entirely different level. If someone told me they were just releasing this song, without the rest of the album, I can’t say I would put up any fight. The pure strength of it leaves some damn great songs around it in a shadow that simply cannot be matched.

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. Draw the blinds, lock the door, get some mood lighting, don’t let the neighbors know what you’re doing and turn this record up. - Nanobot Rock Reviews


"Stream: Wake Up Lucid, ‘Get F*cked’"

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. - See more at: http://www.buzzbands.la/2015/02/10/stream-wake-lucid-get-fcked/#sthash.c777vQE5.dpuf - BUZZBANDS.LA


"Wake up Lucid Premiere “Get Fucked” from New Album Gone with the Night"

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 wake up lucid gone with the nightthe 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.

- See more at: http://theobelisk.net/obelisk/2015/01/19/wake-up-lucid-gone-with-the-night-stream/#sthash.6pL9g6tS.dpuf - theobelisk.net


"Garage Rock Meets Chic Shades in VonZipper Fashion Film"

Set to "Let It Roll" by LA-based garage rock trio Wake Up Lucid, the sun-dappled mini-movie features the sunglass designer's newest styles. You can pick up Wake Up Lucid's new 7-inch here--or even better, download the track below after you watch the Von Zipper clip below. Shop the new VZ looks right here.

Read more: Meet Wake Up Lucid and VonZipper - Best Sunglasses - Marie Claire

- Marieclaire.com


"Wake Up Lucid / VonZipper Fashion Film"

No matter the It Bags we buy, the heels that we own, the statement jackets we wear, nothing makes an outfit look cool quite like a pair of shades.

Need proof? Check out this new fashion film from VonZipper; the sunglasses and eyewear brand make even basic black sunnies look like an absolute wardrobe staple.

And because no cool video is without a cool soundtrack, meet Wake Up Lucid, an L.A.-based garage rock trio whose blues-inflected "Let It Roll" is the perfect song to pair with the hazy, sun-dappled mini-movie. You can pick up their new 7-inch here--or even better, download the track below after you watch the Von Zipper clip (and of course, shop the looks right here).


- Nylonmag.com


"Wake Up Lucid - "I Want""


The Skinny: LA garage rock trio Wake Up Lucid have a new 7" coming out in two weeks on Near Mess Records and recently they unveiled the lead single, called "I Want". Both "I Want" and the b-side track "Let It Roll" were recorded with the band's longtime producer Joe Cardamone (of The Icarus Line) at his Valley Recording Studio. Listen to "I Want" just above and check out the cover artwork below.

The 7" is a split with the Dead Ships, and is part of a series of split 7"s that Near Mess Records is putting out this Summer with rad LA bands like Gothic Tropic, HOTT MT and The Hindu Pirates. The Dead Ship's single from the split is called "Golden Room". - Pure Grain Audio


"Wake Up Lucid – “Let It Roll”"

We previously featured the song, “I Want” by the bluesy rockers Wake Up Lucid. That song is part of a new split 7” w/ The Dead Ships via Near Mess Records. Now we’re back with their b-side to the new single. The song is called “Let It Roll”, and it will roll over you, flatten you like a pancake, then kick that shit in reverse. Both “I Want” and “Let It Roll” were recorded with the band’s longtime producer Joe Cardamone (of The Icarus Line) at his Valley Recording Studio. Listen to the unforgiving “Let It Roll” below. - EarBuddy


"DOWNLOAD: Wake Up Lucid - Feel It"

Los Angeles trio Wake Up Lucid unleashed its debut album, Feel It, this week, and the album certainly fits neatly into this post-Black Keys musical landscape. The LP’s title track showcases the group’s static-laced blues-rock, which straight ignores production quality and focuses on unabashed energy instead. As the track clatters in a rush of cymbal hits and ear-piercing reverb, you may feel the need to check their touring schedule. - RCRDLBL.com


"Win some Wake Up Lucid and Von Zipper"

Everyone knows that rock and roll and sunglasses go together like pie and iced cream:

So today we teamed up with Wake Up Lucid, our filthy Los Angeles garage rock pals, and the world famous VonZipper company to give three lucky winners a sick pair of VonZipper Elmores, a wax copy of Wake Up Lucid’s killer debut album “Feel It”, a VonZipper Hat, AND a VonZipper tee.

Never Heard of Wake Up Lucid? That’s all right, one time I heard of a guy that was allergic to sunlight and he didn’t get out much either. Shake it off and go stream Wake Up Lucid’s full-length here.

Wake Up Lucid teamed with producer Cardamone (The Icarus Line) to craft one of the most genuine modern rock albums the US has heard in recent decades. And all you have to do to be eligible is “like” Wake Up Lucid and Death and Taxes on Facebook, and share the link to this article on your Facebook. Three victors will be chosen at random and I will reach out personally to address shipping. - DeathAndTaxes


"GRAMMY.com Exclusive First Listen: Wake Up Lucid"

Los Angeles-based rock trio Wake Up Lucid are set to release their full-length debut album, Feel It, on Aug. 7. Ahead of the album's release, GRAMMY.com has your exclusive first listen to the song "When I Come Around."

"On the Internet people can see any number of styles they want to mimic, and it becomes a matter of saying, 'Oh, I wanna be like that,'" says vocalist/guitarist Ryan Baca. "We simply had to focus on making a record that we'd want to hear."

Featuring cousins Ryan, Ian (bass) and Jamie Baca (drums), Wake Up Lucid's sound combines huge guitar riffs and thunderous drums with a garage band aesthetic. The trio released a debut EP, Look Alive People, in 2009, and followed in 2011 with a second EP, Sugar.

The latter EP caught the attention of producer Joe Cardamone, who is also the frontman of L.A.-based band the Icarus Line. The trio musically connected with Cardamone, sharing a love for artists such as UFO and Alice Cooper, and his creative input proved to be integral to the Feel It recording sessions.

"Joe let us evolve on our own, and by the time we got into the studio he was just like, 'Play it like you practice it,'" Jamie says. "He helped us streamline, cut down the unnecessary parts."

The album's 11 tracks include the riff-heavy title track; "Drunk On Information," which tackles sensory and sonic overload; the defiant "Rising Tide"; and the epic album closer "Black Haired Woman," which contains more than six minutes of sonic mayhem.

"We're more of a 'feel' band," says Ian Baca. "So you're just going to have to feel it." - GRAMMY.com


"B3SCI PREMIERE! Wake Up Lucid – Where Are We Now"

The lo-fi treble on “Where Are We Now” will blast through your veins and clot up your throat. The track offers up a ruckus hiss of genuine garage rock and pop sentiment from the young LA based trio Wake Up Lucid. “Where Are We Now” is previewed from the band’s forthcoming and debut LP titled Feel It which sees release on August 7. Give it a spin below. - BlahBlahBlahScience


"Wake Up Lucid, ‘Feel It’ – Free MP3 Download"

Los Angeles-based band Wake Up Lucid seriously one-upped themselves this time around on the title track to their new full-length, ‘Feel It.’

The three cousins, Ryan, Ian and Jamie — assisted by producer Cardamone (the Icarus Line) — have successfully channeled the aura of Sleep and blended it with the kind of Thin Lizzy-worship that would please even the staunchest of classic rock fans.

Ryan Baca, leader of the pack, told Diffuser.fm about the raw production techniques used in the making of the single: “The track ‘Feel It’ came together by us turning everything in the studio up to 10.”

“The room was full of feedback and and we ran through the song,” he continued. “Once we hit the last note you could tell that the energy had changed and we had really just created something.”

“We tried to mix the song with that same idea in mind and basically made everything in the mix feel like its fighting with everything else to be heard,” Baca said.

Snag ‘Feel It’ below. Hint: Play it loud. - Diffuser.fm


"Soundstage 7.5: Wake Up Lucid"

Welcome to the Soundstage 7.5, where we ask Soundstage artists to answer seven and a half questions. Where's the half-question you say? Well, we start off the last question and let the band finish it off and answer it!

Up next, Wake Up Lucid!

1. How would you describe your music?

You know in the end of Raider's of the Lost Ark when the opening of the Ark of the Covenant melts the Nazi's faces? I'm just sayin...

But really, an honest and LOUD road-map back to the gritty rock roots that everyone has known at some juncture in their lives.

Then creatively trying to bridge that gap to the modern musical landscape.

2) What’s your pre-show ritual?

A couple tall cans, a few pushups, ab crunches and a whiskey chaser.

3) What’s your live show like?

Pure chemistry and energy! Thick rhythms to make you want to shake your ass to and guitars to melt your face.

4) What’s been your best music-related experience to date?

This is our third record recorded at the legendary Village Recorder. Every time we walk into the studio and start tracking is a magical experience.


5) What’s your dream gig?

Playing on a Red Bull Soundstage stage of course, with Neil Young riding shot-gun and Biz Markie giving us the pre-show pep talk.

6) What’s next for you?

Getting this album "Feel It" out and getting it heard is our priority. But those new little riffs, licks, jams of new songs, and phrases like "Oh, on the next record we should..." are already creeping into the band's lexicon.

7) You’ve just downed three Red Bulls. What happens next?

We're hopped up, trying to find those three missing vodkas

7.5) What is your favorite Star Wars character?

The bounty hunter Bossk of course. All lizard-y, I bet he can play mad scales! - Red Bull Soundstage


"Album Review: Wake Up Lucid - Feel It"

Los Angeles trio of cousins, Wake Up Lucid debut their first LP Feel It on August 7th. The album provides that scuzzy, bluesy rock that almost sounds like it belongs more in the Woodstock era than in today’s mashed up mess of musical mishaps. Their sound is a great revitalization of the classic riffs, heavy jams, and scratchy vocals that defined an era. As they say, history repeats itself, and it’s been far too long since this genre was reawakened.

First track and single “Feel It” beckons Jimi Hendrix’s foxiness in an all-out jam session. “You want to take it slow/I want to take you home” cries lead singer Ryan Baca over amped up guitar grooves and basement drum beats, a sound that can only be created by actually playing instruments.

However, while Wake Up Lucid seems to teleport back to the late 60s for inspiration, they also mix this vintage sound with a more modern vibe. Channeling another great rock legend, “Arms” and “Rising Tide” are The White Stripes but bassier. The simplicity of the guitar, bass, drums set up conveys a minimalist approach without skimping on the full sound.

The mastery of this three piece arrangement that is heard in “When I Come Around” reminds me of another stoner rock trio, Band of Skulls. Baca is in his own mind as he wrestles with choosing sides over stop-start funk. “Fame” has a bridge that focuses on the contributions of each instrument until building back up in layers.

“Drunk on Information” sounds like the band is based in Nashville, not LA, while “Facepaint” is edgy enough for a Brooklyn basement.

Scruffy, grungy blues at its finest, you really can’t ignore the hook in “Just Can’t Ignore.” This track is almost like something your parents listened to in their wild days, driving around going to shows in a beefed up, rusty pickup, or if you can’t imagine your parents like that, something that Hyde from That 70s Show would be jamming out to at the record store.

“Death Valley” puts the blues in blues rock and by this point in the album, you want to break out your tinted 60s glasses and tie-dye under your studded brown leather jacket.

Taking you back to high school, slight ballad “Where Are We Now” slows things down a bit, but maintains the intensity of the instrumentals.

Breaking into the voodoo, “Black Hair Woman” is festival ready with a fake-out intro and almost 2 and a half minutes of enthralling instrumental before cutting into raunchy vocals. This is one to mindlessly sway and dance to as you get lost in the fingerpicking and gritty riffs.

Overall, Wake Up Lucid’s sound is a collection of classic groove mixed with modern influence in order to reawaken the spirits of Woodstock and good old Southern rock and blues. I’m curious to see what their live set entails, and maybe even more curious to see what type of crowd they bring. But, nevertheless, if you want edgy, emotional rock and hints of the foggy festival past, break out your bellbottoms baby, and listen to this album.

Read more: http://theaudioperv.com/2012/07/30/album-review-wake-up-lucid-feel-it/#ixzz2295RihHn
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- The Audio Perv


"WATCH: Wake Up Lucid Release Video For “Facepaint” (FILTER Premiere)"



The Los Angeles-based three-piece band of cousins Wake Up Lucid could be considered the lo-fi garage rock relatives of the Black Keys. The band release their breakout EP, Sugar, in 2011. And they're now set to release their first full-length LP, Feel It, on August 7.

The gritty blues rock band fittingly named this album Feel It; clearly, all this band does is feel. And that is exactly what the audience will do when listening to this album. It's go-with-your gut music, as the band followed their instincts when writing, recording and performing.

Although we still have a few weeks until Feel It's release, we have the video for "Facepaint" here as a FILTER Premiere. "Facepaint" is a bass-heavy song that proves just what it means to have the blues. - FILTER Magazine


"Artist Feature: Wake Up Lucid"

Wake Up Lucid consists of cousins Ryan Baca (vocals/guitar), Ian Baca (bass) and Jamie Baca (drums). They are just about to release their first full-length album Feel It on August 7th, and we managed to get some time with them to introduce their bluesy rock sound. Check out the full album stream on Groovebug for iPad.

Q: Introduce your sound in five words or less…

A: Loud, Raw, Honest.

Q: Which places or people inspired the songs in your music?

A: I feel like Los Angeles gives us some inspiration, but really the songs come more from the inside than the outside.

Q: What is the most fun you’ve ever had writing a song? Either actually writing it or the situation that inspired it?

A: That would probably be Facepaint. We were in the studio tracking this record and decided to try and write something while we were in there. We started messing around with the melody and the song just started falling into place. Within an hour we had it ready, tracked it live and that’s the take on the record.

Q: Who encouraged you the most to pursue a career in music?

A: We come from a really musical family so playing music was always encouraged, but almost felt more like it was just expected.

Q: Describe the moment you decided to quit your day job to pursue music as a career. Where (city at least) and when (year at least) were you?

A: Ha! We still have day jobs, I’m filling this out at work right now.

Q: What are the positives and negatives of being in a band with family members?

A: Same answer for both… There’s no quitting the band.

Q: What advice could you give a young musician wanting to form a band?

A: Do it, it’s a good time.

Q: What impact has touring had on your career?

A: Getting to play night after night and get comfortable in that setting is the best part about touring.

Q: Which do you enjoy most - performing live or recording in the studio?

A: Both are my favorite things to do. Playing live is great because you get out and connect with people you don’t know and you’re all on the same level for an hour or so. Recording is cool because being in the studio feels like you’re in some cave where no one can see or hear you and you’re just trying to create something to give to people that you hope will be of some value to them.

Q: What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?

A: Be good, and if you can’t be good then be good at it.

Q: Which historic musical moment do you wish you were present for?

A: Maybe Igor Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring”, it would be cool to see classical music cause a riot.

Q: What artist would you most like to work with, dead or alive? And why?

A: I don’t really think about wanting to work with artists that I look up to because they already got their whole thing dialed and working, I’d rather just have a good conversation about music with them. The short list would probably be: Neil Young, Townes VanZandt, David Bowie, BB King, Ray Charles, Keith Richards, Isaac Brock…

Check out Groovebug for iPad for Wake Up Lucid music, news, videos and more. Also, Like Groovebug on Facebook to receive music and news artist, and Groovebug updates and recommendations. - Groovebug


"Introducing >>> Wake Up Lucid"

Wake Up Lucid is a LA based three piece band of cousins that combines sex-drenched vocals, high octane guitar, and a glorious lo-fi sludge that is garage rock at its purest and most dangerous. More grime than the Black Keys and far more savage than The White Stripes, their 2011 Sugar EP was described by Rolling Stone as “raunchy rock at it’s best”.

Their debut album is due out on 7th August, and the title track delivers a raw, primordial riff that will peel the paint from the walls before it settles into a bump ‘n’ grind rhythm that is so sleazy you can almost feel your speakers throbbing with pleasure.

You have been warned! - The Mad Mackerel


"Wake Up Lucid - Feel It – Album Review"

Remember what it was like before the iPod? The grainy touch of static in the radio speakers while the rock blared through the car's open window or off the front porch steps? That sound came back in a big way with Wake Up Lucid. The band has long been the face of raunchy music and their new album, Feel It, is pleasantly rough with the grungy infusions of nineties radio rock.

Not my cup of tea usually; when I hear most modern grunge or garage rock I think “noise”. Though those thoughts are not far from my mind regarding some tracks, Feel It has the advantage of a good balance between wildness and structure. It's purposefully rough around the edges, but solid and complex on the inside.

Wake Up Lucid has been compared to The White Stripes and though the album is more abrupt and spasmodic than the more mainstream band, fans are sure to enjoy the similarities between the two in the intricate, guitar riffs and song themes.

Like much of the work done by Wake Up Lucid, their songs have the rough adolescent quality of garage music and the contrasting sinewy, psychedelic twist of seventies rock. Both are strongly apparent in tracks “Drunk On Information” and the single by the same name as the album, “Feel It”.

After the release of Sugar, their second, 2011 EP, Wake Up Lucid was praised by Rolling Stone Magazine for playing “raunchy rock at it's best”. The three-piece band made up of cousins Ryan, Ian and Jamie Baca, have now brewed up what might be described as adding more cayenne to the chilli. Where Sugar was, at times more mellow and sexy, Feel It fills in with disturbing reverberations, almost hypnotic, screeching melodies and lamenting lyrics. This band has the dual quality in its roughly textured, abstract music. Like a debuting piece of art, some audiences may claw at their ears, longing for blander tunes, while others will see endless possibilities and intricacies when Feel It is released August 7, 2012.

This album is malevolent and dark without being heavy or fake. There are many bands that can imitate the sound of dark empty roads driven on by a lone speeding car, or a strippers stilettos twirling towards her seedy voyeurs. But imitation is not what Feel It is about. With its apt title, this album has warm, dark grime permanently imbedded under its fingernails.

By Elena Maystruk

http://www.wakeuplucid.com/

- Lithium Magazine


"Wake Up Lucid Premiere New Song "Fame" — Song of the Day"

California newcomers Wake Up Lucid dust off the gritty Rock n' Roll of years past and push it back out with a vengeance in new song, "Fame." Using sliding electric guitars, heavy blues riffs, and a touch of psychedelia, the trio have crafted an incessantly driving and brutally honest song about a lover who has suffered the dark bite that accompanies the glitz of fame. It's one of those tunes that manages to turn scuzzy instrumentals into a beautiful sort of chaos, and it will certainly have you yearning for more. Spin the song's exclusive premiere right here, and get ready for the band's debut full-length, Feel It, to drop August 7. - PureVolume


"Premiere: Wake Up Lucid, ‘Feel It’"

Wake Up Lucid doesn’t make nice. Not musically, anyway. The band of cousins — Ryan, Ian and Jamie Baca — mete out scuzzy blues you imagine sprung from gear that barely works, seething with emotion and crackling with defiance toward those who would water down rock ’n’ roll for the digital age. After thundering onto the scene with the EPs “Look Alive People” and “Sugar,” the Bacas found an ally in producer Joe Cardamone (the Icarus Line), who worked with them on their debut full-length (due in August). The album is titled, fittingly, “Feel It,” and the title track implores you to do just that: Feel it, ’cause it’s going to hurt a little. - buzzbands.la


"Wake Up Lucid – Sugar (Self-Released)"

Los Angeles trio Wake Up Lucid stirs its special blend of rambunctious garage rock and gritty blues fusion in their latest EP, Sugar. After devouring the five tracks at a measly 16 minute run time, it left me hungry and craving more. Though, I must say, it was delicious until the last bite.

Safe similarities for Wake Up Lucid, that has probably been made countless times, would be Cage the Elephant but more notably The White Stripes. The vintage sound as lead vocalist and guitarist Ryan Baca rhythmically barking out lyrics with a slew of scatterbrained guitar solos; it’s a fair comparison.

Cousins Ian Baca (Bass) and Jamie Baca (Drums) make it a family affair to capitalize on the recently resurgent formula. Ian supplies fragmenting yet groovy bass lines while Jamie franticly beats his kit to oblivion. It was hard to choose only one as the standout track but after some deliberation, I choose “Paint Your Lips”. It was the track where all three members flamboyantly flaunted their confidence as musicians as a unit. Drenching in the dirty bourbon and thick cigarette smoke verses laid a swagger that was infectious to the ear.

The EP Sugar passes entirely too quick and only gets more appreciated on multiple listens. Wake Up Lucid has all the potential in the world. When they ultimately embark on a full feature album, I see no reason why they couldn’t just ride this momentum. For those of us who like our rock reeking of sweat with dirt under the fingernails, welcome home! - ZapTown


"Indie Spotlight: Wake Up Lucid"

Since a fateful night in 2008, Wake Up Lucid has quickly burned its name into the rock and roll conscience of Southern California with an old school brew of savage blues, heavy rhythm, and the kind of down home sincerity long lost to corporate Nu-Metal, how-to-play-guitar videos, and ten thousand dollar "vintage" guitar amps. In the two years since Wake Up Lucid’s inception, the band has already gained recognition from Rolling Stone, KEXP, My Old Kentucky Blog and many others. Following up their 2009, all-analog EP “Look Alive People,” Wake Up Lucid is back with a new EP entitled “Sugar,” once again recorded at the famed Village Recorder Studios. - BMI


"Wake Up Lucid - Sugar"

Los Angeles trio Wake Up Lucid has dropped a dirty, rock ‘n’ roll bomb with plenty of bluesy fallout in the form of their EP, Sugar. Sounding like a So Cal smokehouse, Wake Up Lucid is like a slightly more dangerous (and more enticing) Black Crows and a less annoying White Stripes.

The band makes it a family affair with Ryan Baca on lead vocals and guitar and his cousins Ian Baca on bass and Jamie Baca on the skins. Sugar sports plenty of guitar bite, savage drumming, aged vocals and groovy bass-lines. Like a Whiskey-fueled night on the town, Wake Up Lucid feels as good as it sounds.
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The stand-out track is “Paint Your Lips” with the instrumental freak-out during the final minute of the song. All told Sugar is entirely too short, with a run time only a hair over 16 minutes, and leaves the listener craving for repetitive spins. For fans of Night Horse, Kings of Leon and Black Stone Cherry, Wake Up Lucid has provided your new staple album with Sugar. - Enter The Shell


"Classicism Swaggering In: Wake Up Lucid’s Sugar EP"

As on their debut EP, the California trio Wake Up Lucid delves into bluesy classic rock on the Sugar EP. It’s music that conjures up psychedelics even while punching holes in walls. Like other bands that have reveled in this area, 22-20s, the Blue Van, Parlor Mob, and Invade Rome, Sugar smashes through five tracks of propulsive drums, muscle guitar solos, and blues-drenched rock vocals. More than breaking new territory with this EP, Wake Up Lucid seems to have filled out the picture we first started to get with the previous release, Look Alive People. Mainly playing residencies in Los Angeles, here’s hoping that the band is able to start touring nationally, swaggering through clubs on music that waggles tremendous power, melodies, and classicism.

Wake Up Lucid - Music Spectrum


"[Introducing] – Wake Up Lucid"

It’s a family affair, y’all. The cousins Barca (Ryan Barca, Ian Barca, Jamie Barca) are Wake Up Lucid, aka the music you’ve been waiting for. Reppin’ Los Angeles (HOLLER!) these guys have been making a splash in California and deserve some more national cred. I’ve been hearing about them for some time now, so when I saw the email in the subs box I had to jump on it.

It’s time to get back to the roots of rock and roll, the simple lo-fi sound of garage chords and a hunk on the mic singing about girls that fucked him up. They’ve been busy, working on a full length EP but still have been out promoting their recent EP, “Sugar”.

This is the shit that redeems all the trash on the radio right now; it’s got a raw appeal to it that’s reminiscent of the Black Keys, fusing together a blusey sound with heavy riffs. There’s definitely passion in this music, they’ve got an air about them that just gushes with heart.

Two parts rock, one parts noise, three parts rad dudes, and a lot of rockandfuckinroll. These guys are going to be a part of a residency at a venue by my house, The Silverlake Lounge, on Mondays in April- if you know this place, it’s so appropriate. The best place to listen to this music to; small as shit, sticky floors, dark lights, and booze.

These guys got a nod from Rolling Stone (ever heard of it?), they’re not messing around here. Think if Jet had a baby with Wolfmother (so good, right?). Their recent release, “Sugar” is fantastic… I’ve put a few tracks below so you can get a little taste of it but I think one of my favorite tracks is “Black Hair Woman”. Fuck it, they’re all good. Take a peek.

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Wake Up Lucid – “Black Hair Woman”
Wake Up Lucid – “Sugar”
Wake Up Lucid – “Paint Your Lips” - ListenBeforeYouBuy


"The Los Angeles Scene - Download "Paint Your Lips" by Wake Up Lucid"

"Paint Your Lips" is the new single from local trio Wake Up Lucid off their recent EP, Sugar. What starts with a four count, ends with sex-drenched vocals, high octane guitar, and a glorious drum solo outro. The band holds true to their blend 70's blues driven British rock and balls-to-the-wall garage lo-fi across all five new tracks, while title track "Sugar" gets my nod as another song to pay special attention to.

If you braved the cold and the rain, you may have seen them a few nights ago at Origami Vinyl, but if you stayed warm at home then have no fear - Wake Up Lucid is packing April with a residency at the Silverlake Lounge.

Download "Paint Your Lips"

-Angelo Lorenzo - The Deli Magazine


"Wake Up Lucid & VonZipper on FUEL TV"

Jamie's drum solo from "Paint Your Lips" featured in the VonZipper spot for FUEL TV. - VonZipper / FUEL TV


"Download: Wake Up Lucid, "Paint Your Lips""

L.A.’s Wake Up Lucid lit a few sparks in late 2009 for those who appreciate stripped-down rock and roll with a fierce blues foundation. Their debut EP “Look Alive People,” which featured crackling tunes such as “A Minor” and “Black Haired Woman,” demonstrated that going back to old-fashioned songwriting and enhancing it with gritty vocals, intricate shredding and solid bass lines can come off much more appealing than lugging around superfluities like most new bands tend to do. The family affair of cousins Ryan, Ian and Jamie Baca continue their foray into the local music scene with their new track, “Paint Your Lips.” Laying the drums on thick this time around, the chugging guitar lines and wailing vocals all prepare fans for their latest EP “Sugar,” due Feb. 15. - Buzz Bands L.A.


"Wake Up Lucid // Sugar"

Wake up Lucid erfinden das Rad sicherlich nicht neu, aber mit ihrem Song “Sugar” haben sie bewiesen, dass sie das Rad rollen lassen können. Ein absolut toller Song, der dramaturgisch einiges zu bieten hat. Am 15. Februar erscheint eine 5track EP. Ich werd hoffentlich noch ein paar Tracks besorgen können. Play Off! - I Am No Superman


"Song of the Day: “Sugar” by Wake Up Lucid"

Today’s song of th day: “Sugar” by Wake Up Lucid. This is the title track from the band’s new EP due out on February 15th.The LA trio made up of Ryan Baca (singer/guitarist) and his two cousins Ian Baca (bass) and Jamie (drums) started back in 2008. The boys grew up watching their dads play music together. With this band they are keeping up the family tradition. Their name was born from a vision of Ryan Baca’s father, who passed years earlier. In the dream, they wrote a song together, and the name of the song was “Wake Up Lucid.”

In the two years since Wake Up Lucid’s inception, the band has already gained recognition from Rolling Stone, KEXP, My Old Kentucky Blog and many others. Following up their 2009, all-analog EP Look Alive People. Currently, Wake Up Lucid is already back in the studio tracking for an upcoming debut full-length. The future is definitely bright for this rock and roll family, as Ryan Baca states, “Our dads were brothers. We grew up watching them play together, and doing this just keeps up that family tradition.”

The band will be having a record release party at Bootleg Theatre in LA on Wednesday, February 16th. Listen below and for more information check out the band’s official website, MySpace, Facebook, and Twitter pages. - Eat Sleep Breathe Music


"Wake Up Lucid - Sugar"

Following up their 2009, all-analog EP Look Alive People, Wake Up Lucid is back with a new EP entitled “Sugar,” once again tracked live at the famed Village Recorder Studios.

“They called us up the night before and said we could record one song,” says front man Ryan Baca, “We were so hungry to get in there, we ended up recording five songs, recording right over our last master because we couldn’t get any more tape!”

Currently, Wake Up Lucid is already back in the studio tracking for an upcoming debut full-length. The future is definitely bright for this rock and roll family, as Ryan Baca states, “Our dads were brothers. We grew up watching them play together, and doing this just keeps up that family tradition.”
- Super Ultra Deluxe


"L.A. Unheard: Wake Up Lucid sounds the alarm"

Editor's note: Every week, our colleagues at Brand X’s L.A. Unheard column unearth one of L.A.’s best undiscovered acts.

The band: Wake Up Lucid, a trio of cousins led by singer-guitarist Ryan Baca.

The sound: For those still reeling from the White Stripes’ split, Wake Up Lucid is here to help ease the pain with savage guitar riffs and thunderous drums coated in garage grit. “I want to howl like the wind tonight,” Baca sings on “You & I,” and for five too-short songs, his weathered vocals do just that.

The details: The "Sugar" EP was released this week, with a celebratory show scheduled at the Bootleg Theater on Wednesday night. If you can’t make it, Wake Up Lucid will be back shortly: Brand X can exclusively report that the band will hold down the Silverlake Lounge's free Monday residency in April.

The rest: Visit Brand X to download two tracks from the band.

-- David Greenwald - LA Times / Brand X


"L.A. Unheard: Wake Up Lucid sounds the alarm"

Editor's note: Every week, our colleagues at Brand X’s L.A. Unheard column unearth one of L.A.’s best undiscovered acts.

The band: Wake Up Lucid, a trio of cousins led by singer-guitarist Ryan Baca.

The sound: For those still reeling from the White Stripes’ split, Wake Up Lucid is here to help ease the pain with savage guitar riffs and thunderous drums coated in garage grit. “I want to howl like the wind tonight,” Baca sings on “You & I,” and for five too-short songs, his weathered vocals do just that.

The details: The "Sugar" EP was released this week, with a celebratory show scheduled at the Bootleg Theater on Wednesday night. If you can’t make it, Wake Up Lucid will be back shortly: Brand X can exclusively report that the band will hold down the Silverlake Lounge's free Monday residency in April.

The rest: Visit Brand X to download two tracks from the band.

-- David Greenwald - LA Times / Brand X


"Wake Up Lucid to Release "Sugar" on February 15th"

L.A.’s Wake Up Lucid started as a vision of singer/guitarist Ryan Baca’s father, who had passed years earlier. In the dream, they wrote a song together, and the name of the song was “Wake Up Lucid.”

Since that fateful night in 2008, Ryan and his two cousins Ian Baca (Bass) and Jamie Baca (Drums) have quickly burned their names into the rock and roll conscience of Southern California with an old school brew of savage blues, heavy rhythm, and the kind of down home sincerity long lost to corporate Nu-Metal, how-to-play-guitar videos, and ten thousand dollar “vintage” guitar amps.
In the two years since Wake Up Lucid’s inception, the band has already gained recognition from Rolling Stone, Performer, My Old Kentucky Blog and many others. Following up their 2009, all-analog EP “Look Alive People,” Wake Up Lucid is back with a new EP entitled “Sugar,” once again tracked live at the famed Village Recorder Studios.

“They called us up the night before and said we could record one song,” says Ryan, “We were so hungry to get in there, we ended up recording five songs, recording right over our last master because we couldn’t get any more tape!”

Yes, it’s true. Crank “Sugar” up, and in between songs you’ll hear the drum tracks from Wake Up Lucid’s previous EP, “Look Alive People.” In case you were questioning Wake Up Lucid’s rock n’ roll authenticity -- it doesn’t get any more raw than this.

Currently, Wake Up Lucid is already back in the studio tracking for an upcoming debut full-length. The future is definitely bright for this rock and roll family, as Ryan Baca states, “Our dads were brothers. We grew up watching them play together, and doing this just keeps up that family tradition.”

Wake Up Lucid -Sugar

Track Listing:
1. Broke Down House
2. You & I
3. Paint Your Lips
4. Sugar
5. Red Lights - Alt Sounds


"Wake Up Lucid to Release "Sugar" on February 15th"

L.A.’s Wake Up Lucid started as a vision of singer/guitarist Ryan Baca’s father, who had passed years earlier. In the dream, they wrote a song together, and the name of the song was “Wake Up Lucid.”

Since that fateful night in 2008, Ryan and his two cousins Ian Baca (Bass) and Jamie Baca (Drums) have quickly burned their names into the rock and roll conscience of Southern California with an old school brew of savage blues, heavy rhythm, and the kind of down home sincerity long lost to corporate Nu-Metal, how-to-play-guitar videos, and ten thousand dollar “vintage” guitar amps.
In the two years since Wake Up Lucid’s inception, the band has already gained recognition from Rolling Stone, Performer, My Old Kentucky Blog and many others. Following up their 2009, all-analog EP “Look Alive People,” Wake Up Lucid is back with a new EP entitled “Sugar,” once again tracked live at the famed Village Recorder Studios.

“They called us up the night before and said we could record one song,” says Ryan, “We were so hungry to get in there, we ended up recording five songs, recording right over our last master because we couldn’t get any more tape!”

Yes, it’s true. Crank “Sugar” up, and in between songs you’ll hear the drum tracks from Wake Up Lucid’s previous EP, “Look Alive People.” In case you were questioning Wake Up Lucid’s rock n’ roll authenticity -- it doesn’t get any more raw than this.

Currently, Wake Up Lucid is already back in the studio tracking for an upcoming debut full-length. The future is definitely bright for this rock and roll family, as Ryan Baca states, “Our dads were brothers. We grew up watching them play together, and doing this just keeps up that family tradition.”

Wake Up Lucid -Sugar

Track Listing:
1. Broke Down House
2. You & I
3. Paint Your Lips
4. Sugar
5. Red Lights - Alt Sounds


"Wake Up Lucid - Sugar"

L.A.’s Wake Up Lucid started as a vision of singer/guitarist Ryan Baca’s father, who had passed years earlier. In the dream, they wrote a song together, and the name of the song was “Wake Up Lucid.” Since that fateful night in 2008, Ryan and his two cousins Ian Baca (bass) and Jamie Baca (drums) have quickly burned their names into the rock and roll conscience of Southern California with an old school brew of savage blues and heavy rhythm.

Currently, Wake Up Lucid is already back in the studio tracking for an upcoming debut full-length. - InsomniacRadio.net


"Wake Up Lucid Records Over Their Master Tapes"

Wake Up Lucid recorded over master tapes to make thier upcoming EP. So when you listen to their new "Sugar" EP when it's released on February 15th, and in between songs you'll hear the drum tracks from the band's previous release, "Look Alive People."

"They called us up the night before and said we could record one song," says front man Ryan Baca, "We were so hungry to get in there, we ended up recording five songs, recording right over our last master because we couldn't get any more tape!"

Currently, Wake Up Lucid is already back in the studio tracking for an upcoming debut full-length. The future is definitely bright for this rock and roll family, as Ryan Baca states, "Our dads were brothers. We grew up watching them play together, and doing this just keeps up that family tradition."

Wake Up Lucid started as a vision of singer/guitarist Ryan Baca's father, who had passed years earlier. In the dream, they wrote a song together, and the name of the song was "Wake Up Lucid."

Since that fateful night in 2008, Ryan and his two cousins Ian Baca (bass) and Jamie Baca (drums) have quickly burned their names into the rock and roll conscience of Southern California with an old school brew of savage blues, heavy rhythm, and the kind of down home sincerity long lost to corporate Nu-Metal, how-to-play-guitar videos, and ten thousand dollar "vintage" guitar amps.

In the two years since Wake Up Lucid's inception, the band has already gained recognition from Rolling Stone, KEXP, My Old Kentucky Blog and many others. Following up their 2009, all-analog EP "Look Alive People," Wake Up Lucid is back with a new EP entitled "Sugar," once again tracked live at the famed Village Recorder Studios. - AntiMusic


"Wake Up Lucid’s Ryan Baca on the band’s roots, foretold fame, fave venues and more"

When singer/guitarist Ryan Baca had a dream in which he and his late father composed a song entitled “Wake Up Lucid,” he wasted no time in putting together a band under that very name. Enlisting the help of cousins Ian (bass) and Jamie Baca (drums), Wake Up Lucid was born and quickly released its debut EP, Look Alive People, to rave reviews from Rolling Stone. Randy recently had the chance to chat with Ryan about all things Wake Up Lucid…

Q: How has your music evolved since you first began playing together?

A: Well, we’re still a really young band, Jamie had only been with us three months when we recorded Look Alive People. Since recording that EP, we are just trying to keep that energy and excitement that you have when you first get a band together and also focusing on songs that have a timeless feel, rather than whatever is hot at the moment.

Q: How has your father’s passing influenced your music as a group?

A: That occurred about ten years before we started the band, so whatever influence that has on us is just part of who we are now.

Q: What inspires you as a group to write the music you write?

A: There really isn’t anything specific. Each song just kind of writes itself. We never sit down and say “Let’s write this style of a song, or a song about this or that.” Inspiration just kinda comes out of nowhere and when you recognize it, you just drop everything else that you’re doing ’till the song is done.

Q: What has been your biggest challenge as a band?

A: Our biggest challenge right now is probably just getting together to play. We are all spread out at the moment, so getting into the studio to practice takes a little effort.

Q: What’s the ultimate direction Wake Up Lucid is headed for?

A: We just want to develop and become better, both individually and as a group. We love playing music and we love playing live, so however we can do that more is where we’re headed.

Q: The band is becoming more and more recognized in the industry, what are your plans to deal with the level of fame you’re all headed towards?

A: We take everything day-to-day; just being in this band is enough. We’re gonna keep working hard and hopefully we end up where we deserve.

Q: What are your favorite and least favorite venues to play?

A: Well, we’re an L.A. band, so we love playing Spaceland, Silverlake Lounge, Bootleg Theatre, Bordello etc. The Highball in Austin was one of the best venues we’ve been to. It’s a vintage style bowling alley on one side and then a venue on the other. The Divided Sky in South Lake Tahoe is an amazing place to play. It’s a smaller spot, but people will pile in until they are standing on tables and hanging out the windows.

Can’t say we have a least favorite venue. We play with the same energy whether the room is sold out or empty.

Q: Do you have any advice for people who strive to form their own bands?

A: Do it! We could all use more music.

Q: Any last words gentlemen?

A: Just want to thank you guys for doing this feature and all our friends and family for the support. Jeff Greenburg, Tina Morris and Ghian Wright at The Village Recorder for taking a chance on us and letting us record there.

For all the latest on Wake Up Lucid: http://www.myspace.com/wakeuplucid - Rock and Roll Report


"Rolling Stone "Smoking Section"SXSW"

Help Wake Up Lucid Get to SXSW-

A few weeks ago, we acted on tips from our loyal SS readers to check out the LA-based trio Wake Up Lucid. We were impressed, tracked 'em down and talked to frontman Ryan Baca about their music and their rapid rise since hitting the SoCal circuit just a few months ago.

Now, we'd like to pass on a little more good news.

Ryan Baca just sent us a note saying that Wake Up Lucid will be hitting the legendary Village Studios in Los Angeles to track their first EP. No word on when it will be finished, but if their demos are any indication of what's in store, we're expecting raunchy rock at it's best.

Also, if you dig the band and have a spare thirty seconds, head here to vote for Wake Up Lucid in the Urban Outfitters "Your Band Here" contest.

The winning band will receive a slot at next years South by Southwest. - ROLLING STONE - Austin Scaggs


"Ears Wide Open: Wake Up Lucid"

Wake Up Lucid’s no-frills blues feels like a breath of fresh air amid all today’s tricked-out psychedelia and hybridized noise. The project of cousins Ryan, Ian and Jamie Baca, the trio’s debut EP “Look Alive People,” recorded to 2-inch tape at the Village in West L.A. a year ago, crackles with bite-sized riffs and taut rhythms. Occasionally you’ll get a whiff of the Dead Weather or Wolfmother, and darned if singer-guitarist Ryan Baca’s wail doesn’t sound like “Been Caught Stealing”-era Perry Farrell on “Two Cents,” but mostly “Look Alive” affirms the muscle of a good old-fashioned power trio. And for a first outing, Wake Up Lucid is pretty ripped.

||| Download: “A Minor” and “Black Haired Woman”

||| Live: Wake Up Lucid, along with the Steelwells and Oh Darling, supports Wires in the Walls on Thursday night at Spaceland. - BUZZBANDS - Kevin Bronson


"Rolling Stone "Smoking Section""

Introducing...Wake Up Lucid -

Thanks, S.S. readers, for your tips about L.A. trio Wake Up Lucid. We checked 'em out, dug their shit and hunted 'em down. We got them fresh -- turns out their first gig was last December.

Wake Up Lucid are cousins Ryan Baca (guitars/vocals) and Ian Baca (bass), and drummer Dan Hodge. They've known each other forever and jammed plenty before officially forming the band last March.

At that first gig in December, at LA's 24K club, "A couple of DJs from KROQ were there and they were really pumped on it," says Ryan, 29, who loves the Beatles and Zep and the Black Keys and the Raconteurs. "The crowd was stoked and they just started asking us back. So we decided to roll with it and kept going."

And they've only played a handful of shows since, and they're still in the process of making an EP.

They certainly have the dedication. "At our second show, we were about to get on stage when our drummer gets a phone call that his house just burned down," says Ryan. "We ended up playing the show -- I mean, it was already burned to the ground."

Check out "Broke Down House" below, and head over to their MySpace to hear more. - ROLLING STONE - Austin Scaggs


"Wake Up Lucid – Black Hair Woman"

Given that today officially kicks off the annual celebration of America's independence, I thought it would be more than appropriate to share some good old fashioned bluesey rock and roll. I've always been a big fan of bands with that stripped-down dirty sound, so when I read the words "raunchy rock" in the subject line of Wake Up Lucid's press release, my ears immediately perked up. The LA trio self-released their debut EP Look Alive People, and are setting off on a small west coast tour in support. Sounding like a cross between Deep Purple and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, I can only imagine that their live set would deliver in spades. I'm excited to hear more from these guys and hope that they bring their act eastward in the near future. In the meantime, crack open a cold brew, check out their new single "Black Hair Woman" below, and get a head start on that 4th of July weekend. - Citizen Dick


"Wake Up Lucid"

For your consideration: “A Minor,” (mp3) the first single from the emerging LA band Wake Up Lucid. If you like your contemporary rock rootsy, bluesy, and earnest (The Black Keys, Jet, The White Stripes), you might like Wake Up Lucid. - The Millions


"New EP and Single by Wake Up Lucid"

Wake Up Lucid release “Look Alive People” EP of fire-breathing blues.

LA’s Wake Up Lucid started as a vision of singer/guitarist Ryan Baca’s deceased father. In the dream they wrote a song together, and the name of the song was “Wake Up Lucid.” Since that fateful night in 2008, Ryan and his two cousins Ian (bass) and Jamie Baca (drums) have quickly burned their name into the rock and roll conscience of Southern California with their old school brew of savage blues, heavy rhythm, and the kind of down home sincerity long lost to middle aged ponytails, how-to-play-guitar videos, and ten thousand dollar “vintage” guitar amps.

In the two years since Wake Up Lucid’s inception, the band has already seen two mentions in Rolling Stone Magazine’s “Smoking Section” and won Urban Outfitters’ “Your Band Here” contest — two achievements made without a record label or a professional recording. Now, Wake Up Lucid has cut their first EP, Look Alive People, at the fabled Village Studios in West Los Angeles onto two-inch analog tape (what else?) The band continues to gig around the west coast while planning a national tour for the fall. Obviously, the future is definitely bright for this rock and roll family. As Ryan Baca says, “Our dads were brothers. We grew up watching them play together doing this just keeps up that family tradition.”

Official Site: http://www.wakeuplucid.com/ - Adequacy.net


"Loudvine - Live review"

Wake Up Lucid @ Silverlake Lounge-

Los Angeles was all cold and lonely last night. This long sprawling city was like one massive wind tunnel. So to remedy things, I hightailed it to the Silverlake Lounge. I walked in, went right up to the bar and said, “give me a shot of Rock and Roll, straight up.” The bar tender poured me a smooth glass of Wake Up Lucid, a badass blues-rock trio. With their boot-stomping 70’s rock pounding away, Los Angeles warmed up and fast.

Lead singer Ryan Baca, with his long hair and vintage-vest, had a pure blues-rock belt. But in true rock fashion, this meant I had absolutely no idea what he was singing. He looked at the audience and crooned with all his heart, “I hope you’re all alone.” Or maybe he said, “We should have got a loan.” “She looked just like a cone”? I don’t know, but he definitely sang the line, “I am just a rock and roll hippy.” He absolutely was. And in a city full of ultra-gleam and post-ironic I’m-not-showering-to-be-cool, he was damn sincere.

When Ian Baca joined him on bass, Silverlake Lounge really starting bouncing. As he was slamming that bass, you didn’t just hear it, you felt it. He even whipped out a tambourine to keep the rhythm while Jamie Baca let loose on the drums. Shirtless with extra shaggy locks, their drummer would have made Animal from the Muppets proud. This was blood-pumping, thump-style, Southern-Comfort Whiskey music. Ryan Baca would go into these long guitar solos that made me want to jump on stage and air guitar right next to him. I didn’t do that though, otherwise the evening would have gotten a little awkward.

And then Ryan Baca whipped out the harmonica. Yes, the harmonica! The truest blues instrument there is, and yet I never get to see it live. Wake Up Lucid‘s street cred went up 500% at that point. By the end of their set, the bar was full of excited rockers swaying their beer bottles to the music. What more do you need in life?

Leaving the bar and seeing drunk hipsters stumbling down Sunset, I sighed. It was still a chilly night on the West Coast. But for 45 minutes, I was in the smoking hot South of yesteryear. So the next time you feel like growing your hair long and purchasing some bell-bottoms to match your cowboy boots, check out Wake Up Lucid.

-Rachel K.
- LoudVine.com


"New Band Smell: Wake Up Lucid"

Maybe I’m old-fashioned, but for me, few things go together better than steamy summer nights and a sonic deep-6 courtesy of a top-shelf power trio. Go anywhere in the world where the humidity gets above 80%, add a kickin’ three-piece and brace yourself for unintended pregnancies. From Hendrix, Blue Cheer and The James Gang right up through Husker Du, Morphine (we miss you, Mark) and Them Crooked Vultures, it’s sex music, pure and simple.

Based on the brief taste provided by Look Alive People, Wake Up Lucid isn’t totally unfamiliar with what it takes to make uglies bump. Hailing from Los Angeles, the band is a second generation family affair. Singer/guitarist Ryan Baca enlisted cousins Ian (bass) and Jamie (drums), and together they have spent the last three years prowling the left coast and laying down some of the dirtiest low-end raunch-n-roll this side of Degüello. Look Alive People was recorded in a whirlwind two-day session at the fabled Village Studios in West L.A., and is sure to turn (and turn on) some heads. This isn’t rocket science, folks. Just snaky, overdriven blooze-rawk. And pardon the visual, but it’s exactly the kinda thing your folks might’ve been listening to at the moment of your conception.

I’m sorry you had to read that.

Anyway, at this time, Wake Up Lucid is only gigging in California, but a national tour is in the works for the fall, hopefully with like-minded fellas like Pontiak and Buffalo Killers. - MY OLD KENTUCKY BLOG


"WAKE UP LUCID Mentioned in Rolling Stone Twice; to Release “Look Alive People” EP"

L.A.’s Wake Up Lucid is an unsigned family band that has already netted two Rolling Stone mentions. Not too shabby! The trio is set to release their 'Look Alive People' EP of fire-breathing blues on May 4th, 2010. An MP3 of first the first single “A Minor” is available now RIGHT HERE.

LA’s Wake Up Lucid started as a vision of singer/guitarist Ryan Baca’s deceased father. In the dream they wrote a song together, and the name of the song was “Wake Up Lucid.” Since that fateful night in 2008, Ryan and his two cousins Ian (bass) and Jamie Baca (drums) have quickly burned their name into the rock and roll conscience of Southern California with their old school brew of savage blues, heavy rhythm, and the kind of down home sincerity long lost to middle aged ponytails, how-to-play-guitar videos, and ten thousand dollar “vintage” guitar amps.

In the two years since Wake Up Lucid’s inception, the band has already seen two mentions in Rolling Stone Magazine’s “Smoking Section” and won Urban Outfitters’ “Your Band Here” contest - two achievements made without a record label or a professional recording. Now, Wake Up Lucid has cut their first EP, 'Look Alive People', at the fabled Village Studios in West Los Angeles onto two-inch analog tape (what else?) The band continues to gig around the west coast while planning a national tour for the fall. Obviously, the future is definitely bright for this rock and roll family. As Ryan Baca says, “Our dads were brothers. We grew up watching them play together doing this just keeps up that family tradition.” - Pure Grain Audio


"Wake Up Lucid"

Wake Up Lucid er tríó frá L.A. sem spilar ekta gamaldags blúsað og hippalegt rokk og ról. Þeir færa mann auðveldlega 40 ár aftur í tímann en þó án þess að þurfa þola einhvern sérstakan samanburð við nafntogaðar sveitir fyrri tíma. Wake Up Lucid gáfu nýlega út á eigin vegum EP plötuna Look Alive People og hefur hún þegar hlotið talsverða athygli. Hefur Rolling Stones tímaritið m.a. lofað sveitina í hástert og telur hana afar líklega til stórræðna á tónlistarsviðinu. - RJOMINN


"Wake Up Lucid - Black Hair Woman"

Given that today officially kicks off the annual celebration of America's independence, I thought it would be more than appropriate to share some good old fashioned bluesey rock and roll. I've always been a big fan of bands with that stripped-down dirty sound, so when I read the words "raunchy rock" in the subject line of Wake Up Lucid's press release, my ears immediately perked up. The LA trio self-released their debut EP Look Alive People, and are setting off on a small west coast tour in support. Sounding like a cross between Deep Purple and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, I can only imagine that their live set would deliver in spades. I'm excited to hear more from these guys and hope that they bring their act eastward in the near future. In the meantime, crack open a cold brew, check out their new single "Black Hair Woman" below, and get a head start on that 4th of July weekend. - Citizen Dick


"Look Alive Silverlake"

If you are in LA tonight make sure to make it to the Silverlake Lounge for Wake Up Lucid’s release party for their new EP, “Look Alive People.”

Wake Up Lucid brings you the classic rock feel and sound that came out of the 1969 music scene.

I recently had a chance to hear these guys play at a Hipster Hoedown held at the intimate Pehrspace.

Taking the stage right after the young bucks that make up Moses Campbell, Wake Up Lucid started their 10-song set with a song from “Look Alive People”, A Minor.

Even though they went on well after midnight Ryan, Ian and Jamie Baca (cousins) refused to stop playing and continued after. They began playing songs off their new album and even broke into a cover of David Bowie’s ‘Moonage Daydream’ which the late night crowd appreciated.

Lead singer, Ryan, wailed on his Gretsch and mesmerized the crowd.
The end of the set found Ryan channeling Bob Dylan rocking it vocally, on the guitar and add to that his harmonica.

Do yourself a favor head to Silverlake to hear the Baca boys rock it.

If you’re not in the area, then head to the Wake Up Lucid's MySpace page for more music and details on how to purchase “Look Alive People." - The Examiner


"Wake Up Lucid: Download"

We recently received this neat little package in our in box. It was the EP by Wake Up Lucid, a trio of Mojave Desert transplants to Los Angeles. They were excited to let us know that their EP would be coming out shortly and we were definitely going to listen to it. We’ve known this band for a while because we wrote up one of their live shows a while back. And we never forget bands that leave us asking for more! But we had to give them a quick shout out because Wake Up Lucid’s EP is solid and sure to ignite a throng of loyal fans that will come up to see them tear up the stage wherever they decide to play. Their sets are inspired and so is their music.

With the trio bashing it up on stage with a guitar infused, rock and roll and blues infested energy, their music will leave you in haze that feels like you just got dropped kicked in the gut…and yes we actually love that feeling. Wake Up Lucid are cousins Ryan Baca(guitars/vocals), Ian Baca(bass) and drummer Jamie Baca.

We have seen these guys live and we would say if you get a chance to go see them, you should because you will not be disappointed. The band has a few upcoming shows:

Nov 10 2009 8:30PM, SILVERLAKE LOUNGE – EP RELEASE SHOW, Silverlake, CA
Nov 23 2009 9:00 PM, SILVERLAKE LOUNGE with Mississippi Man, Silverlake, CA
Dec 2 2009 9:00PM, Boardners, Hollywood, CA - Loudvine


"The Examiner"

Tastes like Wake Up Lucid!-

What sounds like a hybrid of Jack White’s The Dead Weather and Neil Young but tastes like cornbread? The answer is LA-based soul-filled rock band Wake Up Lucid.
Bringing a true blues vibe, this three-piece group will be playing select shows in the LA area starting this Friday night, October 23 at Pehrspace with the Fling.
For $5 you can attend the all ages show and enjoy a night full of rock music and cornbread. Free cornbread? Yes that’s right, it seems that Friday night is all about infecting the hip Silver Lake venue with some Southern influences and hospitality, and one other thing, you can bring your own beer.
Cousins Ryan, Ian and Jamie Baca are the trio that make up Wake Up Lucid and remind us of the music of the late 60’s with a rugged and pure rock sound.
To help celebrate the fact that Wake up Lucid’s debut EP album drops on November 10, the band is offering a free single on their Web site www.wakeuplucid.com. The official EP release show takes place the same night at the Silverlake Lounge on Sunset Boulevard. - Victoria Yarnish


"Performer Mag - Album Review"

Forging a fresh take on funk, while bronzing the best in blues, this heavy trio's stripped-down sound earns their renown. Wake Up Lucid has sizzled in rolling Stone's "Smoking Section" twice this year, a cool feat for cousins Ian , Jamie and Ryan Baca, whose band only sprang into existence just over a year ago.
"Look Alive People" was produced at the Village Recorder studios in L.A., a befitting beginning as the location has also helmed projects from fellow So-Cal revolutionaries such as the Chili Peppers and Rage Against the Machine, newer stand-outs like the Raconteurs and Jet, along with classic blues-rock gurus including Dylan and the Stones.
The album's first track, "A Minor," is a stunning showpiece with dizzying riffs that flirt for more than a full minute before the vocals and heavy rythm rush in. "Two Cents" has a keen '60s vibe, with its bouncy surf rock guitar/bass and metronome drumming. With the sneering of "I don't want to hear your insinuation / and I don't much care for your college education," you could fully expect the next rhyme to be the Who's stuttered, familiar lyric regarding one's own peers.
The debut's simple, ranting (though occasionally tender) lyrics and vocals often carry the music to a Rage Against the Machine-style crescendo of greasy grandiose guitars and then return to ease it back into the pop feel. Though the style can be bit schizophrenic, it preserves the heavy edge as a quality instead of a burden. Joshe Homme describes Queens of the Stone Age as "robot rock," that he "wanted to create a heavy sound based on a solid jam and just pound it into your head." If robot rock can be coined a genre, Wake Up Lucid's Baca clan should certainly be among the first to cash in. - Casandra Armour - The Performer Magazine


"Carson Daily Show"

"Other Side of the Road" was featured on January 7th, 2010 - Carson Daily NBC


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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.

Early on, cousins Ryan, Ian, and Jamie set up home base at Silverlake Lounge on Sunset Boulevard as a challenge to themselves, honing their writing and performance skills in front of one of the most demanding audiences in the world. What resulted was…being offered an album release party, then a residency, followed swiftly by media acclaim from the likes of Rolling Stone, LA Times, Vice/Noisey, Filter, Nylon, MOKB, KEXP… and plenty of others!

After making repeated rounds of the local Los Angeles gig circuit, a few West-Coast tours and a slot on a SXSW Urban Outfitters Series bill, Wake Up Lucid began landing TV placements, with songs being featured on Discovery Channel’s Weed Wars, Carson Daly Show (NBC), Nashville (ABC), and a two-song live performance on AXS.tv. They teamed up with VonZipper Sunglasses providing the soundtracks for several short films and have had their music feaured in Oakley, Patagonia, Hurley, Fox, Quicksilver, Me Undies and Under Armour ads.



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