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Inverness band Lucid Liars keep up the momentum with latest release

By Margaret Chrystall

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A CITY four-piece have had a busy lockdown – and new single Better Days, which is just out and complete with the sound of a gospel choir, is the latest evidence.

Lucid Liars new single, the latest in a productive lockdown.
Lucid Liars new single, the latest in a productive lockdown.

Last year the band found an unexpected new direction for their music when they revisited a 2014 demo.

That became a single the four-piece electronic rock band released last summer, You Can’t Lose/I Can’t Win.

It started them on a journey with more singles before their March album Happy To Be Here.

“It was hard to promote it in lockdown and we had to learn to market online,” said singer Rikki Mackenzie. “Normally we would have wanted to tour it.”

As Rikki had revealed last year, their change of direction musically had meant there was a second linked album to Happy To Be Here. And the band is now hoping that that music will be released later this summer.

Rikki explained: “As we said last time, we are definitely a band that likes to plan things out in advance, especially when it comes to writing and recording,”

A sign of that comes when you listen to Better Days with the sound of a gospel-style choir included on the track.

Rikki said: “I had a vocal hook with the words ‘holding out’ and I decided to record that as part of some recording I did with a hobby choir at Merkinch Community Centre – about 10 years ago!

“But I hadn’t ended up using it, then came across it sitting on my hard drive and realised it would sound great on Better Days.”

Now, the band – Rikki, drummer Jack Nicolson, keyboard-player Craig Christison and part-time bassist Daniel Boles with Steve Robertson standing in – are hoping to get a live date organised as Covid safety measures allow.

There is a live launch planned at Mad Hatters, Inverness, on August 20 for the single Better Days which is out now – on bandcamp: lucidliars.bandcamp.com and on digital stores including Spotify and Apple Music. More: www.lucidliars.com and Facebook:

@LucidLiars and Instagram: @lucidliars

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