Perth/Boorloo funk-pop-r&b band, LUCI are about to drop their first collaborative project 'See You Tomorrow' on August 25th. The new funk track features Ella Pilcher following the release of their first three tunes; Hands (nominated for a WAM award 2022), Murder She Wrote and Sunrise. Debuting their sound and style upon the music scene in 2021 and gaining instant momentum, the emerging 5-piece have sold out shows across WA and are looking to solidify themselves as one of Perth's most exciting up and coming talents.
The evolution of your sound as a band has been beautiful, what inspired you to reach out and include a feature on 'See You Tomorrow'?
Thank you – that’s really kind of you to say that. I think we all evolve as we grow - our music has certainly evolved as a band but we also love to do something a little different each time we put out a song. We want our listeners to look forward to what we do next. Our main influences are still there but we are also influenced by each other as band members. We work well together and are a very collaborative group. We love to try something new and we react to that together, musically. This track was recorded with our friend, Ella Pilcher. We were at WAAPA with Ella and she actually wrote some of the lyrics for 'Hands', our debut track. We finished working with Jack and it seemed natural to carry on working with Ella and luckily for us she was happy to step up to the mic on this one and take full control of the lyrics and vocals.
Can we see more collaborations and features in future tracks for LUCI?
Omg… YES! We absolutely love working with different vocalists. It’s so fun. We have such exciting news around the corner but we can’t share it with the world yet…..but we are jumping up and down with excitement for our next releases!!
'See You Tomorrow' is fixed in that moment of happiness. An insight to an inner monologue of fantasising about another. It captures euphoria with its lush melodies and smooth groove achieving a blissful, daydreaming like quality. “You’re my endless communion, I crave more than a taste” show’s both the embellishment and the critique of one’s thoughts.
What is the history of the band and have you always resonated towards funk?
So Nik and Sam met in Primary school - Sam was soon a devotee of Nik after seeing him pick up the guitar….They met Seb in High School and started playing together (sneaking out of classes to jam in the green room!) and the rest of the band came together as students at WAAPA. We just all got on so well from the start. We did some great ensemble work with our coordinator, Vinnie Crea and that’s where we all caught the feels for the funk! We love to jam high intense, syncopated tunes, and also to lay it back with the smoother grooves to really contrast our music.
Influenced by the likes of Parcels, Tom Misch and Fleetwood Mac, LUCI’s sound does elude easy categorization. Refusing to be pigeon-holed, LUCI has a mesmerizing and lasting effect on the crowd, which is evident in the fast-growing fan base attending their shows in and around Perth.
I can definitely hear the influence of Tom Misch in this latest track, it has a smooth drive along feel to it. How do you know when one of your tracks is finished?
This can be a tricky one! Usually, some sort of motif will happen during the song that could be a nice way to finish off the track. In the end, we have to trust each other and those helping us in the recording studio that we have it finished. We usually put it to one side for a few days afterwards and then meet up again and have one final listen.
Who produced the track and what was the process like?
For this track we wanted to go down a different route and work with our good friends Jack Arnett (Nectar) and Josh Omara (SOAP), who both have been diving into the world of producing/recording/mixing. Partly because of COVID and the fact we had no money since gigging had been out the window for a while, and this seemed like a cheaper and more exciting experiment to see how the tune would turn out! Especially because we felt we had more responsibility this time. So we loaded our gear up and spent 2 solid days at WAAPA tracking this tune and we had an absolute blast!
We're super keen to show the world what we've been working on during the year and we're not slowing down any time soon, expect to see a bunch more music released by LUCI in the coming months!!
'SEE YOU TOMORROW FEAT. ELLA PILCHER'
OUT EVERYWHERE AUGUST 25TH
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