I've rarely heard a stronger debut record
from a band than Adapting to Gravity than Orlando Florida's Lucid
Fly. The disc is stuffed full of melodic hard rock songs that feature the
awesome voice of Nikki Payne. Songs like "Collide" and "Splinter" will
stick in your head from her great delivery, augmented by the tastefully-crunchy
guitars. Nikki Payne brought us up to speed on the band recently.
antiMUSIC: Where did the name come from?
Nikki Payne: Lucid Flies into the
Record Book...The name "Lucid Fly" came from this newspaper headline about
America's most experienced astronaut, female pioneer Dr. Shannon Lucid.
We felt we had exhausted all the names and got tired of pulling randomly
out of the dictionary, so when a friend saw the headline...the name just
kind of stuck!
antiMUSIC: How did the band come together?
Nikki Payne: The band originated
with Nikki (vocals) and Doug (guitarist) in 1998 and after a few member
changes we came across Derrick (drummer) in 2002 and Justin (bass)…we got
together and worked on some ideas and at that point we knew we hit on a
winning combination. We've been collaborating ever since. :
antiMUSIC: The material you play sets
you apart from most of the other bands I've heard lately. Do you feel this
hard rock style fills a void in the current scene?
Nikki Payne: Most importantly we
play from the heart…We feel our style is unique. Each of us have such a
wide range of musical influences, so when we get together to write, its
always experimental at first and then we compromise until we find a groove
that works best for all of us-its like the songs morph into their own entity.
It has been hard to categorize our music, but we describe it as progressive
hard rock. I think a lot of bands are doing the hard rock style, some more
radio friendly than others, but I definitely feel like our version is refreshing
and edgy, and often times unexpected - a pleasant surprise. :
antiMUSIC: Tell us about the record,
Adapting to Gravity. How long has this been in the works and what
were some of the tracks that came out first?
Nikki Payne: Adapting to Gravity
was in the works for a while. The songs "Collide" and "Center of Your Space"
were the first tracks to come out, those were produced by Adam Barber (Sevendust)
and the other songs were produced by George Spatta (Skrape). We are very
proud of the recording, but we often get that it doesn't capture the magic
of our live performance!
antiMUSIC: Can you tell us a bit some
of the tracks, either what they're about or something that happened while
recording them, etc.?
Nikki Payne: No Sleep: It's about
paranoia and fearing that if you close your eyes you might miss out on
Splinter: Every person in your life is
there for a reason, but sometimes we wonder what lessons we are supposed
to learn and how we got to this point in our lives.
Blind: This song is about living in denial,
the recording of this song definitely involved the most production.
antiMUSIC: That's an awesome cover.
Whose idea was it?
Nikki Payne: The cover was a collective
effort between the band and the graphics artist. The EP name Adapting
to Gravity came from the article that our band name came from, meaning
that once Shannon Lucid returned to earth, she had to literally adapt to
gravity…we felt that this was very fitting for our band and for our music.
Also, legend has it that Newton began thinking about gravity when an apple
fell on his head, so we tried to incorporate all of those elements into
the CD art.
antiMUSIC: What has been the best show
you've played so far?
Nikki Payne: I think we can all
agree that our first show back after a little hiatus in Sept. 2005 was
the best show so far…we were playing in the Zippo Hot Tour Semi Finals.
We played a tight set. The crowd was out in full force and very responsive.
The venue had a very intimate setting with great sound…plus the local radio
station was a sponsor for the show…all the elements that make up a great
antiMUSIC: If you were to go out on
a national tour, who would you like to be playing with?
Nikki Payne: I would love to share
the stage with any of our influences: A Perfect Circle, Finger 11, Incubus,
Mudvayne-there are just too many to name! But that would be such an honor~
our goal is to share our music with the world.
antiMUSIC: Tell us a bit about the other
Nikki Payne: Doug: Doug co-founded
Lucid Fly (along with Nikki), he is endorsed by JNunis guitars (Atlanta,
GA), his main guitar influences are: Stevie Ray Vaughn, Incubus, Dredg,
A Perfect Circle
Justin: Justin came aboard last year. His
influences are Victor Wooten, Mudvayne, Tool, Primus.
Derrick: Derrick joined Lucid Fly in 2002.
His main influences are: Tool, Mudvayne, Minor Threat, Dredg
and you - Nikki: Lucid Fly is the first
band I have ever been in, I grew up in a very creative environment full
of musicians, painters, artists, etc. so I was destined to become an artist
myself. I have never really had any formal vocal training but I have been
singing my whole life. My main influences (vocally) are: Maynard James
Keenan, Imogen Heap, Ann Wilson, Chris Cornell, Pat Benatar..just to name
antiMUSIC: What is on tap for the band
Nikki Payne: Well for in the spring
we are doing a tour in LA, TX, GA, TN, KY, OH; we are doing some festivals
(GoGirls Invasion @ SXSW, MusicGorilla, & ChicksRockfest). Also we
are making a video for our song "No Sleep".
antiMUSIC: Anything else you would like
to tell us about Lucid Fly that I didn't ask?
Nikki Payne: Our music will be featured
in 2 upcoming films, one called "Dropping In… El Salvador" which is a surf
documentary, and the other is for a snowmobile DVD called "First Ascent"
for 509 Films, both are to be released in Summer 2006! Lucid Fly's music
will also be featured on the Sonic Cathedral "Sirens" Compilation. Also,
our music will be featured on the indie911.com compilation called "Smash
Hits You've Never Heard". Keep your eyes and ears peeled and spread the
antiMUSIC and Morley Seaver thank Nikki
Payne and Lucid Fly for doing this interview.
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