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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Photo: Lucy Dreams played Masquerade Nov. 7

Lucy Dreams played the opening slot at Masquerade last night (Nov. 7) with the Coathangers and San Antonio’s Girl In A Coma. In a very short time these pre-twenty-somethings have continued to hone their collective ability to draw heart-breaking melody from a bed of guitar noise, feedback and resonance that takes shape in a swirl of slurred and sensual pop structures.

Yeah, they’ve got the My Bloody Valentine thing down, it's chief among the group's most recognizable influences. But even though they were sawing away on a set comprised mostly of numbers plucked from their debut CD Vivian (why doesn’t this exist on vinyl yet?), the songs themselves have become supermassive versions of their prior selves. It's only natural that the sound Lucy Dreams wields will have a much greater presence when performed live. But the wide-eyed and larger than life bursts of melancholy and crackling distortion they hit on stage carried a refined sense of musical telepathy as each of the group's five members sifted through lilting melodies every overdriven step of the way. And when they hit their stride they created an ethereal roar that was not unlike a jet engine that’s just about to soar beyond the stratosphere.

Catch them again when they play The Earl for Stomp & Stammer's 15th anniversary party Fri., Nov. 18.

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