Amrit Khalsa (vocals), Tony Spradlin (guitar), Chris Crider (bass) and Alden Packard (drums) are the members of The Great Lucian. The band recently released a four-song EP entitled The Flood which was named after the severe flooding that hit the San Marcos/Wimberley TX area.
The band has only been around since 2015 and it is not that surprising that the songs on this EP don’t form much of a cohesive sound. That being said the songs stand on their own in a number of ways whether it be through some slap bass or the vocal performance.
The EP starts with “Tempest” which has a new age mystic quality to it. It’s ethereal and feels extremely reverent without a sense of levity. The guitar slides up and down as dry tom drum and precisely calculated bass work hold down the rhythm section. The lyrics reinforce a mythological vibe that many bands from Led Zeppelin to Fleetwood Mac have attempted before. Khalsa sings, “Skies howl, rain coming down / the world is spinning. / Hear the roar coming up with the oar / the world is spinning.” Overall it's a strong song with some intricate instrumental work.
The mystic vibe continues with some more energy on “Patagonia.” You can certainly make an argument for prog rock on this song but the band never really unleashes. They keep the song rather subdued relying on slick, clean guitar lead and slithering bass lines.
“Shadow Man” is where I started to get thrown for a loop. The vibe here doesn’t have much to do with the first song. It sounds more aligned with Stevie Wonder ’70’s disco and felt like a straight up party song. It’s a solid song but took away from establishing a cohesive sound.
“Damn Georgia” is another deviation which lies somewhere between swampy Mississippi blues and prog rock. All things considered this sounded like the most original song and is arguably the highlight.
I enjoyed every song on The Flood (EP) but I surmise the band will need a little more time together to uncover “their” sound. I’m looking forward to how they develop and hope to hear a full-length sometime in the not too distant future.
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