Elektric Lucie is the alternative/post-grunge brainchild of guitarist/vocalist and songwriter Viktor Estrada, which rose from the remnants of his former group, Zinema. Viktor began forging this new sound with bassist and bandmate Jorge “Bassman” Carrillo (3rd Ear Experience) in 2012.
The powerful rhythms section created by Bassman and drummer Hernan Hernandez fuels the fire for Estrada’s melodic guitar work and keyboardist Danny Sandoval’s hypnotic space-rock soundscapes, pulling from the earthy vibes and universal energy fields of the desert.
“We are veering away from our early Latin influences to create electrifying compositions with a shoegazalicious twist,” Estrada said.
In the short time the band has been together, Elektric Lucie has built a loyal fan base while performing multiple impressive shows. The year 2014 brought the band to Coachella’s Synergy Fest, the Hue Festival, Hollywood’s House of Blues and cutting-edge venues such as Schmidy’s Tavern, a haven for original desert rock.
The band is currently recording its debut CD, Elektro Desert, under the direction of desert rock producer/engineer and Harper Hug (The Dwarves, John Garcia, Nick Oliveri, Zun, Yawning Man, Waxy, Yellow Jackets) at Thunder-Underground Studios in Palm Springs. The new tracks explore space and time with deep, soulful melodies and lyrics that boast a thick, heavy, rhythmic underbelly. Their beautiful compositions move and breathe, allowing the nature of the sound to unfold organically.
“Elektric Lucie finds inner peace in the music we are creating together, and the ultimate escape when the lights go down, and all that exists is the sound of our music,” Estrada said.
The band will be battling it out with the best of the Coachella Valley for a spot in the prestigious Tachevah Block Party, held by Goldenvoice in the streets of downtown Palm Springs. Look Elektro Desert sometime early in 2015.
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