The Chicago Vibe


Color and Sound Ft. Dead Lucid

K.P. Peters | May 2017

This week Color and Sound talked to Jon Grammer of Dead Lucid. Dead Lucid has described themselves as “the illegitimate love child of Jimi Hendrix and Joy Division.” They released an EP in October, and have been playing shows nonstop ever since. You can check out our interview with Jon below, and see an acoustic performance of one of their new songs here.

What is your favorite original song to perform live?

The combination of “Andromeda” and “Space Rock”. Those two together just have this really great vibe to them. I really love the bass lines on those, especially “Andromeda”, we really just go hard.

What is your favorite cover song to perform?

That’s a tough one. There are two that we play a lot that I’m a big fan of. One is “Purple Haze”. We do it a lot differently than Hendrix. We don’t slow down the tempo but we play it in a way that makes it feel like it’s dragging. It gives it a darker feel. Also Evil by Interpol, that’s just one of my favorite songs.

Can you name one venue you will never play again?

Liars. After our set they turned to me and said, “we had a lot of skinheads in here, but luckily you guys did really good.” What would have happened if we were bad?

You’re sound is very different from many other DIY bands. What inspired you to go in that direction?

I’m a big fan of Jimi Hendrix, but I also like a lot of bass driven music. I’m very into 80’s/70’s post-punk. I was very interested in combining those two, and having a sound that was very bass driven. We try to utilize bass guitar as a lead guitar. That was the main inspiration for Dead Lucid.

What is the best show you’ve ever played?

That’s a tough one. I really liked our show at The Mutiny that we played recently. They overbooked the show so there was a lot of confusion about what was going on. The band was a little angry before we played, so we let that out on stage.

How did you meet your band members?

I met them through Facebook, the Chicago Musicians Network. I was looking for a band, originally two guitars, bass, and drum. A friend’s band hit me up to play a show because he thought my old band still existed. So he hit me up and I didn’t have a band, I made a post on the Facebook group looking for a couple guys. That’s how I found Ryan, the bassist. The first time I played with him I knew it was going to work. He plays very different from other bass players, and it’s amazing. We found Andrew the same way, through a post. A few guys responded, but Andrew just got what we were trying to do musically.

What’s next for Dead Lucid?

Well, we just released an EP in October. We are trying to keep promoting that for a little while. We are writing new music and playing them at shows. One new song is called “Romance”. It’s very Joy Division style.