Before cranking up Swimming Invisible
, the raw, loud, energetic first full-length album by local punk band the Lucky, make sure no children are around - or your mom and dad, for that matter. I inadvertently started rocking out to "Sex Dream," the band's ode to somnolent sensuality, while lounging on my parents' couch a couple of weeks ago. I snapped my laptop shut right as vocalist Camilla Camille was about to launch into the chorus: Pump it like a sex dream. Pump, pump!
I wanted to leave as quickly as possible so I could listen to the song again and turn it up louder. Such is the essence of the Lucky - fun, rowdy, occasionally subversive, and a little bit naughty. According to lead guitarist and vocalist Iason Mac Ai, who rounds out the lineup along with bassist Calandra Rene and drummer Dustin Mott, the Lucky's live shows are quite the spectacle as well.
"We're a lot more dynamic and entertaining now that we're a four-piece and Camille is running around singing and being a front person, because she's a natural in front of a crowd," Mac Ai said when he, Camille, and Rene sat down with The Pitch
to discuss the album, set for release on May 23. "She was born to be on stage dancing and singing."
With long, dark hair and a lithe physique, Camille hits the stage like a live wire bouncing on asphalt. She may have been destined for the spotlight, but she and the Lucky's other members have had plenty of practice honing their craft. Mott has a degree in percussion from Missouri Western State University and is a member of the Waldo Jazz Collective, and Rene also plays bass for Chris Meck and the Guilty Birds. With more than 16 former bands between Camille and Rene alone, these veterans of the KC scene know what makes a group tick. One of the keys for the Lucky has been collaboration.
"There's no complaining, and everybody gets along and respects each other," Rene said. "That can be hard to find in any relationship in general - and especially in bands. That makes it really nice."
"We're all invested and contributing, and it's like a single unit," Mac Ai added. "It's a lot more fun now."