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."
Wake Up Lucid will perform at a Feel It record release party on Aug. 11 in Los Angeles.