Lucid AfterLife – Interview
Interview with Thom Turner of Lucid AfterLife and Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
TT: My name is Thom Turner guitarist of the progressive occult rock band Lucid Afterlife.
What type of artist? Wow thats a great question. I would like to say I am transdimensional. My art is a part of my never ending journey to create. Be it in music, in thought, in visual art or in seeking out new people to share that art with.
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
TT: I am 36 years old from a small town on Lake Ontario in Upstate NY called Minetto. I have been a musician for as far back as I can remember. But, it wasn’t until I found the guitar that my expressive life began. My house was filled with the music of the Allman Brothers, Eric Clapton, John Prine, Led Zeppelin. At school I was exposed to heavy music of the time and hardcore, emo and progressive rock. And all that Malestrom lead to my musical brain.
I immediately wanted to start playing electric guitar and started my first band with some friends called Stone Rhodes when I was 16. We did Weezer covers haha! I played in endless bands, never of any specific genre. We were always searching and i never lost that. These bands took far beyond my doorstep and showed me even more.
In 2009 I was accepted at the Berklee College of Music. That same year I began playing with Freya (featuring Karl Buechner of hardcore legends Earth Crisis). This brought me tours and albums that I am endlessly proud of. This was the cauldron that brought me to Vancouver and Lucid Afterlife.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
TT: My biggest influences in music and by extension life are philosophical. People who reach for things far beyond our eyes. People like Plato, John Prine, Manly P Hall, Steven Wilson of Porcupine Tree, Israel Regardie, Willie Nelson, Madame Blavatsky, Salvador Dali, Miles Davis, Ben Franklin, Herman Hesse, Hieronymus Bosch, Nikola Tesla and the members of Dream Theater to name a few, struck out on paths that were their own. Driven by ideas that were thought insane and unpopular but were ultimately so revolutionary that the world followed along with them, these people harnessed their will to change the world.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
TT: My ultimate goals as a person and an artist are the same. I work to be honest. I work to wade through all the self deception and pressure of our modern society to conform. I work to have the conviction in my own work and the will to execute it. I work to make music that strikes the deepest chord in all of us. I work to be honest with myself so that way others can do the same. In this way we all can be on the level together.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
TT: In Lucid Afterlife up to an including our current record “Descendant” coming out May 2019, I wrote and recorded a great deal of the music. Many others were recorded by the band while on tour in Mexico at Yox Studios in Mexico City. The lyrical content has always and ever will be with our leader and vocalist Nat Jack. Our vision is allegorical. The songs can be viewed and interpreted in a myriad of ways and that is their purpose. Allowing the listener to make their own conclusions allows them to derive meaning from what we do. That meaning is about universal connection and empowerment in existence. We want people to transcend the boundaries of their current state and Break the Rules. We wish to be the soundtrack of that evolution.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
TT: Social media is the modern word of mouth. The grand majority of our fans globally are in Mexico, Peru and other parts of the Americas. We are a band from Vancouver! How else would we spread our message? The underground is our home and we work with them so that all may enjoy Lucidity.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
TT: The facts of this life are that in order for a band to succeed it has to generate income. That can be a lot of things. It can be money, It can be promotion, it can be positivity but that exchange between the artist and the fans is vital to the connection. So, the free dissemination of our output can and does come back to us through many of those avenues.
As far as the medium is concerned, however we can speak to our fans and the world we support it. That said, we are a conceptual band so the “Singles” market is tough for us. Luckily the underground still wants big “A”lbums. They want vinyl and beautiful art to go along with albums. We are able to reap the benefits of all the mediums.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
TT: Wow! Another great question. To be honest none of them. If i had made any of my favorite songs I would not have been able to experience it as I did. They would have impacted me differently and would have changed the direction of my life.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
TT: My biggest pet peeve is willful ignorance. It is very difficult for me to not judge things and people’s attitudes that are obviously rooted in fake plastic ideas and actions. “Pop” music is the case in point. hollow, base music and lyrics designed to insight conformity and promote self destructive mentalities. The part of that that really grinds my gears is when musicians with incredible skills and vision use that power to demean the art and the listener. They completely disregard and demean their skills for money plain and simple.
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
TT: Lucid Afterlife played in Peru a few years ago. I had never been to Peru and I had a perspective relative to growing up in America. Upon going there all that was torn down. The people the land and the musical pulse of that place changed my life. The shows were small and DIY and everyone was 100% into it and supported as a matter of course. I have played giant stages with 1000’s of audience members and huge lights and production. Those moments take a back seat to 50 people in an improvised venue on a beach in Chilca Peru or, the band standing at Machu Pichu and our singer Nat singing our song at that site. These are my proudest moments so far.
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
TT: We just put out the 432hz collection featuring a new track “DMT”. This is a collection of songs from almost every era of the band remastered in 432hz to get closer to the natural vibration of the earth. Also, coming up this month (May) is “Descendant” on Forbidden Place Records. “Descendant” is a descendant of all that Lucid Afterlife has been working towards in it’s history. This is a culmination of 2 years of work to bring the best of what we have. It includes such a wide array of sounds and inspirations from the rainforest to the bitter cold of the mountaints to the sands of the desert. It is the result of our experience as a band and as people over that time.
PD: Tell us about your next shows and why we should be there.
TT: We just finished our secret tour that spanned Mexico, USA and Canada. This summer will be a return to our beloved Mexico and the east coast of the USA and all over the world. You should be there so we can meet you and share a pure experience with you. That way we can learn from you and hopefully you can ROCK THE FUCK OUT while we do it!!
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