Live Line-Up – Top L- R – Jesse Berger (Guitar), Justin Smith (Drums), Bottom L-R – Sam Jackson (Bass), Nick Odgen (Vocals) = Photo Credit: Tyler Frith from Frith Photography
CJSR 88.5 FM has teamed up with Edmonton, AB hardcore metal band Lucid Skies for a track by track of their forthcoming EP ‘Hounds’ set for release on November 26th, which will be supported by a Western Canadian tour w/ Bonfire.
The track by track can be heard here:
‘Hounds’, is a four track EP fusing classic hardcore with infectious melodies, that the band demonstrates in their own stage aggression and banter, which they invite the crowd to become a part of.
Their enticing vocals combined with melodic riffs allude to metal godfathers; Hatebreed (lyrically, vocally, and melodically) while sticking to their hardcore influences (Comeback Kid, Holly Springs Disaster). Instrumentally, Lucid Skies draws from d-beats, break-beats, and breakdowns. Their EP ‘Hounds’ is peppered with chugging bass lines and complimented by rhythmic guitar arrangements.
The origin of Lucid Skies is simple: Jesse Berger kick-started the process for collecting members and establishing a sound for the band in Edmonton in 2009. Soon after, Berger recruited Nick Ogden to enhance the overall aggression and build their signature sound. Many of the members would frequent Avenue Theatre (formerly Avenue Skatepark) and attend local and touring hardcore and metalcore shows. It seemed it was only a matter of time before Sam Jackson (Bass), was bullied by the band to join, and soon followed after by Justin Smith (drums) as the final member for Lucid Skies.
Track Listing – Hounds EP
1. Shotgun Mouthwash
2. Left Hook
3. With Eyes
4. Count Me Out
The band will be touring the following Canadian cities in promotion of the release.
Western Canadian Tour Dates:
November 21, 2013 – Avenue Theatre – Edmonton, AB
November 22, 2013 – Funky Winkerbeans – Vancouver, BC
November 25, 2013 – Slumland Theatre – Red Deer, AB
November 26, 2013 – Verns – Calgary, AB
November 27, 2013 – TBA – Saskatoon, SK
November 28, 2013 – Humbolt Complex – Humbolt, SK
November 29, 2013 – Swan Valley Regional – Swan River, MB
November 30, 2013 – Elice Theatre – Winnipeg, MB
December 1, 2013 – Park Community Centre – Brandon, MB
December 2, 2013 – The Club – Regina, SK
For more info on Lucid Skies, please visit these links:
Praise for Lucid Skies:
“If you’re in the mood for something blistering awesome, then you gotta check out Lucid Skies‘ new track “Shotgun Mouthwash.” Combining elements of traditional hardcore with some wicked thrash riffing, the track comes off the band’s new four-track EP, Hounds…I can’t get enough of this track! From the intro to the way it just jumps into intensity to the early thrash breakdown, this song is massive in every aspect. It’s surprising that it clocks in at just over four minutes, but nothing is wasted (except your ears) and there’s not a shitty moment in the song.” – Yell! Magazine