Recently I had the pleasure of talking with Norwegian hard rock/heavy metal band Lucid Dreams. The band recently released their excellent self-titled debut album (which you can read about below) and I would highly recommended it to anyone who loves top notch hard rock and melodic heavy metal!
off I just want to thank you for setting up the time to do this interview. How
are things going for you gentlemen these days?
Lucid Dreams-Things are going well at
the moment. We are pleased that our self- titled debut album Lucid Dreams
finally was released in November 2013. It has been a long process writing, recording
and mixing, and it is feels good to now
see and hear the final result.
has the reception been for your new album? I would assume that it's a hit in
your home country right?
Lucid Dreams-Yes, the reception has been
very good. Both critics and fans seem to enjoy the songs and the fact that there
is a lot of variety on the album. Different people seem to have different
favourite tracks, and we are pleased that the album can have such a broad appeal.
Andy-Could you give us a brief rundown on how Lucid Dreams came together.
Lucid Dreams-Back in 2007 guitar player Rune
Hagen, drummer Rune Gutuen and former guitar player Silvester Pozarnic came
together and started the band, then came bass player Jan Erik Lysø and Henrik
Manfredo on the vocals. Some of the guys already knew each other from
earlier days, and some even from school days, growing up not far from each
other in Oslo. The band started jamming and writing songs, did some gigs, and started
to attract attention. Then after a while the band wanted to expand their
musical possibilities, and at the same time by coincidence Rune Hagen got to know
keyboard player Thorleif Østmoe. He joined the band, and the songs were slightly
re-arranged to give space to the keyboards. After some gigs Pozarnik wanted to
step back, and was replaced by new guitar player Ådne Brandås. His playing style
and approach is slightly different to the style of Rune Gutuens, so they are a
great match. Some more gigs later Fredrik Sindsen aka. Freddy Vain replaced Manfredo
on vocals. Fredrik has a classic powerful metal voice and the band is now more
complete than ever.
must say that there is a hell of a lot of musical experience between all of you
guys. From the sounds of it Lucid Dreams wasn't the first hit band for some of
Lucid Dreams-That is correct, Andy. The band members have been
involved in numbers of band through the years, some more and some less famous. Panama,
Trendkiller and Hush may be some of the more known bands, at least in Norway.
Rune Hagen's band Panama had a hit song
years ago called "Keep On Loving
You", and Panama toured the country with among others Swedish band Europe.
did the name come about?
Lucid Dreams-One of the guys had a weird
dream, and refused to get out of bed before he got to the end of the dream. He
later wanted to interpret the dream, and was introduced to the kind of dreams
called Lucid Dreams. In a Lucid Dream you are dreaming but still kind of awake
and aware that you are in a dream.. and you are able to control your actions in
the dream..We thought it was a cool name for a band.
Andy-Your self-titled debut album offers the listener tons of
variety. As members and as a band who has influenced you?
Lucid Dreams-I guess we all have some
favourites from the classic hard rock bands of the 80s like Whitesnake, Def
Leppard, Dio, Judas Priest, Van Halen, Malmsteen and so on. And at the same
time we are influenced by bands like Dream Theater and Pagans Mind (Norwegian)
who play a more prog influenced kind of style.Guitar
player Rune Gutuen's all time favourite is probably Eddie Van Halen,
while he is also into more heavy stuff like Annihilator and of course
guys like Stevie Vai. Ådne Brandaas loves Malmsteen but also listens to
gypsy jazz. Thorleif Østmoe is like most hard rock keyboard players in
some way inspired by Jon Lord. Singer Fredrik Sindsen got his earliest
inspiration from The King of Rock n Roll, Elvis Presley.
Andy-Any favorite tracks off of the new disc?
Lucid Dream-"Stormy" is definitely one of our favourites . It has many
different parts and lots of energy. Strong vocal parts, great solos, some odd rhythm
parts, and it is fun to play. "Daisy Duke"s is also great, since it's so catchy it
is always fun to play live. "For Your Love" is also one of our favorites.
Andy-Where do you guys go from here? Touring in your home country?
Lucid Dreams-Yes, at the moment we are booking tour dates in Norway
for 2014. We are also discussing gigs in other parts of Europe, so it will probably be
an exciting year for the band. At the same time we are working on some new
tracks that hopefully will end up on our next album
can our readers get a copy of "Lucid Dreams" for themselves?
Lucid Dreams-The easiest way it so get
the CD is to send an email to email@example.com
Andy-And if people wanted to find out more about Lucid Dreams in general where should they go first?
Lucid Dreams-The best way to find out
more is here:
Lucid Dreams-Well, we just wanna say a big
thank you to all of our fans and friends who have supported us, and to everyone
who helps us getting the music out to new listeners !!
And to all the talented bands and musicians out there
working hard for the music they believe in, we wish you all success !! And hopefully
we see you all somewhere on the road next year.
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