Carlisle’s The Lucid Dream announced the release of their fifth album, The Deep End, which is due out 2nd April on Holy Are You Recordings. With the announcement, comes the release of lead single “CHI-03” which gives the album its first sucker punch moment. A track born out of listening to late 80s hip hop records on a loop before allowing the 303 to take on the co-lead vocal role, alongside the sampler. The band spoke with The Fountain about the new music and their plans for the year.

TF: You have a new album out in Spring, what can we expect from The Deep End?

The Deep End is the natural progression to our last album, Actualisation.  It again is rooted in the influence of acid house, certainly to a more advanced level on this album too.

As per though, influences come from everything and everywhere. Hip hop plays a prominent influence, but we also touch upon dub, drum ‘n’ bass, before rounding the album up in a more ‘conventional’ manner, (which summarises the continued influence of bands like Spiritualized, Michael Head and the Strands etc).

TF: How would you sum up the record in one sentence?

Our most diverse and strongest album yet.

TF: What is your plan for the remainder of the year, after this release?

We tentatively have an October headline tour booked, playing Hebden Bridge, Carlisle, Glasgow and Manchester. All are off to a flyer so those are set to be very special shows (fingers crossed!). We’ve only played 2 shows in 2.5 years so are itching to get back to it!

I’ve written the 6th album. We plan on demoing that when we can, then hopefully record it start of next year.

TF: Where is your favourite venue for playing live, where is the next place you look most forward to gigging?

Favourite venue for me would probably be Manchester Deaf Institute. We have only played there once but it was incredible (and I am really happy that it is looking like staying open). Our Manchester shows are always very special, we keep selling out shows there and the fanbase builds every time.

However, I will factor that this is a Scottish publication and rightfully say that we are really looking forward to returning to Glasgow in October (Stereo). We sold out Broadcast on our last visit in 2019 and I’ve not experienced many shows like that for atmosphere. It was off the scale, we all love Glasgow so it was brilliant to see if finally connecting there. I think the acid house influence of the last album helped there as Glasgow has a lot of roots in house nights in late 80s/early 90s. Can’t wait to return!

The Deep End is out on 2nd April on Holy Are You Recordings