Lucid Scream’s action-packed debut EP takes centre stage

Monday 01st, September 2014 / 23:06
By Jeffrey Black

Photo: Retrieved from Lucid Scream Facebook page

CALGARY — “You know, I never thought in a million years I’d be playing an instrument, but one day, my brother put a guitar in my hand and taught me a Lenny Kravitz song and I couldn’t stop. I was 13. It’s been 12 years since then and I love it just as much now as I did back then.”

So says Shaddy Elsaghir, lead guitarist and primary songwriter of the high-octane rock and roll outfit known as Lucid Scream. The Calgarian group is fresh on the scene, having formed in 2013 out of the ashes of Elsaghir’s old band, STINGER. Joined by vocalist Eric Paulin, drummer Tyler Murzyn, plus Zach Mansfield and Christophro LoNigro on bass and rhythm guitars, respectively, the group is gearing up to set the stage alight on September 6th for their self-titled EP release party.

“It’s gonna be a wild time,” Elsaghir continues. “We’ve got the top rock and roll party bands in town. Our shows are crazy, the house is always packed and we’re usually up until 7 a.m. the next day. We set up our own shows, hand-pick the bands so it’s cohesive and people get their money’s worth.”

When asked about the band’s attitude toward the fine art of live performance, Paulin was eager to inform. “Anyone can sound good on a CD but to recreate it live takes talent. We’re not a band that stands around, looking like we’re trying to play the CD for you. We’re all over the place, jumping off the stage, head banging, pulling people up onstage with us. Gigging and performance is hugely important to me.”

The impending release is a six-track EP, featuring all-original, hip-swingin’ material recorded over a period of two months. Elsaghir describes their recording process: “We did drums and bass live off the floor, then overdubbed the rest. That live rhythm feel was super important to us. We wanted something that sounded a little refined but still had the energy.”

Lucid Scream is a band who hold their roots close to heart and aren’t afraid to let their influences ring out. The band was quick to mention groups such as Van Halen, Skid Row, Iron Maiden and Guns N’ Roses as mainline influences. At first listen, one might find the group similar to heavy metal contemporaries, such as Skullfist of Midnight Malice, as their sound includes vibrant guitar harmonies that glow like neon, alongside a fiery vocal performance and a take-no-shit rhythm section. Despite this, Paulin prefers to call to their music hard rock. “As soon as you say, ‘heavy metal,’ they don’t think Judas Priest or Iron Maiden, they think Cannibal Corpse.”

“There’s a lot of heavy metal influences, but we’re not trying to be a cheesy ’80s throwback band,” adds Elsaghir. “My one rule for vocals in a band is that our singer has to be able to SING. And that’s shocking in this day and age! I prefer to just put our record on and let people hear what we’re about.”

So, what’s next for this young and hungry band? “We’ll be hitting the road, hopefully early 2015,” Elsaghir says. “We’re working on a couple music videos. We’ve got one for ‘All Or Nothing’ that we recorded about a year ago in this abandoned theatre here in Calgary. It’s pretty rad, super action-packed.”

Catch Lucid Scream’s EP release gig in Calgary on September 6th at Dickens Pub.

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