Lucida Dark has been working on their debut album for almost two years, so to finally see it come to life in person was something truly special. The fact that so many people in the scene came out to support just put it over the top!
The night started with a set from fellow Omahans Dear Neighbor. These guys kicked the party off with a bit of a throwback emo sound, reminiscent of Saves the Day meets Circa Survive. It was a solid set and great way to start the show.
Next up was another local Omaha act Fontenelle. These guys were on a different wavelength compared to Dear Neighbor and Lucida Dark, but that's ok. Fontenelle came across as a progressive-funk act with lots of jangly guitars, deep bass, and synthed out keyboards. It was definitely a more mellow vibe, but they kept the people moving. I saw several people in the front of the crowd that were really stoked on the jams. My favorite part was the last song of the set. All three guitarists were shredding and the funky synth was wailing out some notes akin to "California Love". Fontenelle was pulling out all the stops and getting down! It was an awesome way to end the set and keep the room pumped for Lucida Dark.
After a bit of setup, the lights went dark and the stage filled with smoke. Lucida Dark guitarist Spencer Rosenberg strums the guitar with a violin bow and the band follows in unison with a trippy concentrated rhythm. The ethereal keys start to flow over the pounding drums. All across the stage the band bobs together to the tribal sound as the volume increases. Louder and louder the heavy sounds swirl together transporting your mind to a soundscape of epic proportions.
Lucida Dark has found something really amazing with the chemistry of their sound. Each song is a movie for the ears, telling a story in your brain. Moving from light and airy, to crashing and dark, there is something different around every corner.
The band played through the entire new release Of Death, Of Love, before thanking the crowd for coming out. In true rock star fashion the hyped up crowd chanted for more and the band obliged! Lucida Dark came back out for one more epic wall of sound, leaving the Waiting Room in shreds.
A big congratulations to Lucida Dark for putting together such an awesome debut album, and for the major success of their release show. I can't wait to see where this band goes next. Rest assured whatever Lucida Dark's next step is, we'll be there to capture it.
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