Ska is alive & well on L.I.
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Though the group formed in 2010, originally as a 4-piece instrumental jam band with mainstays Frondelli and Kaplan and former members Paul Persaud and Yiorgos Bosnakis, all classmates at Oceanside High School before the latter half moved onto college, Lucidity has undergone plenty of changes in both its sound and lineup, as heard on their follow-up to 2011’s “Moments of Sanity.”
“It’s definitely different, but there are a lot of similar aspects, actually,” Kaplan said about the band’s four-year evolution. “It’s just different than what people usually see. There is a big ska scene, but not as much on Long Island as I wish there was.”
“I think we became a much more fun band that appeals to a wider audience,” Frondelli added.
Lucidity’s latest incarnation said its music is mostly influenced by various ska punk bands like Rx Bandits, Streetlight Manifesto, Reel Big Fish and No Doubt, funk rock kings the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and prominent jazz musicians, namely John Coltrane.
“The way we really try to emulate the ska sound is just by listening to it,” Daskalakis added. “If you want to have a certain sound, like the sound of a band you like or a player you like, you have to listen to them a lot and kind of force them to have an influence on you.”
Since 2011, the group has made many rounds in the local music circuit, performing at the Vibe Lounge in Rockville Centre, the Hub in Island Park, the Spotlight Lounge in Amityville and the Blue Parrot in Massapequa.
Lucidity was also crowned Oceanside High School’s 2013 Battle of the Bands champion, after falling in third and second place in previous years, which ultimately prompted the group to record an album.
“It was definitely a big relief, because we had worked really hard for that show in particular,” Leathem said about winning last year’s competition. “And after coming in second the year before, we really wanted it.”
In the past month, Lucidity’s newest release has already sold up to 100 copies and has been streamed over 1,020 times on its Reverbnation webpage.