IMAGINE A GREAT ROCK AND ROLL BAND smart enough to avoid becoming famous! In the wake of RIAA lawsuits, the demise of Napster, and the monopolies of Clear Channel and Ticketmaster, many bands have chosen to create bodies of work instead of sacrificing themselves at the altar of the dubious dream come true of mass success.
Lucid Nation is probably one of the most famous bands you've never heard of even though they hit #1 on the New Music Weekly college radio chart, got played on almost 400 college radio stations, and were CMJ top ten most added twice.
Even though Lucid Nation was chosen for 100 Bands You Need to Know by Alternative Press in 2002 and Magnet Magazine wrote about Lucid Nation’s Tacoma Ballet CD: "a punk rock Exile on Main Street with shades of The Stooges, riot grrrl, Pere Ubu, and even The Doors."
Rolling Stone wrote "If Spivey sounds spacey, she's not. Her songs range from aggressive, screaming punk to beautifully melodic rhythm and blues, the very definition of garage-rock. Like Sleater-Kinney and Bikini Kill -- Lucid Nation has opened for both -- her band's music is raw, poetic, sloppy and infectious...simply bare-bones, kick-ass rock and roll."
Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth certified Lucid Nation "smokin'"; and Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones called the Lucid Nation song "L.A. River" "marvelous".
Lucid Nation has opened for The Breeders, Sleater Kinney, Bikini Kill, Team Dresch, Joan of Arc, Hazel, John Sinclair, and Mecca Normal; and members of Lucid Nation have included Patty Schemel of Hole, Jody Bleyle of Team Dresch, Tia Sprocket of Luscious Jackson and Ministry, Greta Brinkman of Moby's live band, Blondie, and L7, and Warhol Superstar Holly Woodlawn.
Public Domain: The Best of Lucid Nation will take you on a journey that only a lucky few have been able to follow so far. From the band's earliest beginnings as a punk artcore trio through their first flush of rock and roll experimentation and on into freestyle dares unmatched by any other band, as lead singer Tamra Spivey and her ever changing kaleidoscope of musicians roll tape and create whole songs including lyrics and arrangements on the spot.
Lucid Nation is currently recording with former Candiria drummer Ken Schalk, former Candiria replacement guitarist Darren Carter on bass, and Justin Citron and Ronnie Pontiac on guitar.