The Lucid is a new project involving former Megadeth bassist and founding member Dave Ellefson, vocalist Vinnie Dombroski of Sponge, guitarist Drew Fortier, and drummer Mike Heller of Fear Factory. The band will reveal their self-titled debut album on October 15 on SpoilerHead Records. The group released “Damned,” the second single from their upcoming debut record, produced by Heller.
Watch “Damned” below.
Ellefson had this to say about the new The Lucid record,
“It’s been a real blast making a record with these guys and I must say that it’s refreshing to explore some new musical avenues… to step out a bit from what each of us have done stylistically in our own careers. There was an effortless synergy that came with creating these songs together which is always amazing when working with new people. I’m looking forward to everyone checking it out!”
During a recent interview Ellefson talked about how this project came about, in it he said:
“Drew sent me a track and said, ‘Hey, can you throw a bass on here?’ And I was writing a new ELLEFSON solo record at the time, so my studio ears were on. I was plugged in and ready to go. He sent it over and I was, like, ‘Yeah, this is freaking cool, man.’ I’d seen Drew play, I know his BANG TANGO history and the other stuff he’s done. But this was really cool stuff that spoke to me. And then he called me up and he said, ‘Hey, Vinnie is gonna come in and write some vocals and lyrics and lay down some tracks.’ And it turned into a thing.”
I love [Vinnie]. I love SPONGE. He’s such a rock star. He’s just a cool guy. And he writes such great lyrics — very trippy lyrics. He’s the type of lyricist I’d never worked with before, so it’s fun with that. And Drew is a great guitar player. Mike Heller — he’s good friends with [MEGADETH drummer] Dirk Verbeuren. And Dirk’s, like, ‘Mike’s awesome.’ They’re good friends. We all met in L.A. We got the songs together and we all met in L.A. in mid-July. I plugged in and banged out 10 songs in two days. And it was fun. Mike was very good in the studio; he really knows his way around. It’s cool stuff, and it’s very different. It’s, obviously, not thrash metal, hence the name Lucid. [The name] kind of feels like what the music sounds like.”
The first single from the album, “Maggot Wind,” is out now.