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.