American Idol – and now The X Factor – draws kids and teenagers down the path of stardom through showcasing their music all the time. Fortunately, there are young bands like Lucy Dreams who pave their own way to a unique sort of stardom. After their in-store at Criminal Records, I sat down with the group to discuss how they got together in Decatur High School, their sound and performing with its texture.
How long have you guys been together and how did you guys get together?
One year ago last month, and Nick joined the band in January. We’ve known each other since the 6th grade and we all played music. Over time some of us moved and then came back, basically we didn’t start the band until senior year of high school. At first, it was the “fun-senior-year band,” but everything was going right. We all went to the same high school, same age, but Nick is a year older than us.
How did you get in, Nick? Were you guys always hanging out together or did that whole “I’m a sophomore, you’re a freshman” mentality ever kick in?
Not really, but we never really hung out that much or anything. I (Nick) started taking notice of their progress and heard their music, and they sounded amazing. So I kind of weaseled my way in.
When you guys are here in Little Five Points, where do you guys like to go?
We used to go to Stratosphere a lot, especially when we skated. Still kind of go there, actually! Get some Nike SB’s from there. There are some good shows at Variety and definitely Star Bar. I don’t think anybody does our sound better than Star Bar.
That’s really cool because I wanna talk about your sound. Does your sound come about organically? Do you try to form the right music and notes?
When we’re practicing we do play around until something comes out right, we rarely ever bring something prepared to practice. The songwriting process is very organic compared to our sound because of how we jam. What isn’t really organic is the actual sonic sound of our music. That’s a little more conscious on our part. We have this idea, not really exact, but a vague idea of what we want our sound to be. Being a band that’s so focused on the textures and wash of everything, it can be kind of tough for our shows too. Getting something like that to sound just right, especially with all the pedals, that’s a lot of work.
I noticed that throughout your performance you guys were going back and forth with the pedals and the knobs. You guys worked the hell out of tweaking your sound onstage!
Yeah, we kinda were. Whenever there’s nothing to do though, I’m like “eh, I bet this will sound better,” and start messing with the sound.
It was really interesting watching that, and watching your sound unfold. Can you guys describe what your sound or where it’s going?
It’s textured. It’s atmospheric. I think the idea of it is to not be simply chords and notes, but invoke something more than that. The noises that you’re hearing set different kinds of moods. It’s more than just the backing of our vocals. In fact, it’s the other way around – the vocals are the backing of our noises.
You speak so well about music. Are you guys still in school? You look so young!
No, well, we’re in Georgia State. Except Dani’s still in high school, she’s a junior.