Short history of the band
Tim and Simon are cousins so their interests and lives have always
overlapped in one way or another. They were in various bands
together from the age of about thirteen. In 1993 Michael Orr (Orz)
joined an early prototype of Mad Lucas. He played guitar, Tim played
bass, David sang and Simon drummed. They played a school rock concert
and almost immediately afterwards David left.
After some time wasting Willie was recruited to replace David on
vocals. This line up remained in place for about a year until Michael
Bell joined on bass and Tim moved to guitar. A piss-poor demo was
recorded; two points became obvious after this. The first was that Willie wasn't the best singer
in the world and secondly we had tried to squeeze too many songs into
too little time. As a consequence the demo sounded crap and is
confined to the dustbin of history, never to be heard by anyone other
than the band members. Soon after Willie was invited to leave the
band and Orz added the vocals to his list of duties.
This all happened during the summer of 1995 while all the band members
were still at school. By Easter of 1996 some more songs had been
written and "The all puffing..." was recorded on a couple of
4 tracks. At this stage a name was needed for the band and wisely, or
not, Mad Lucas was chosen after much hair-tearing and thinking. As
most sharp and intelligent people will know it is also the title of a
Breeders song, which is exactly where it was lifted from. During the
summer of 1996 some more practising and writing went on which
culminated in a few gigs around Belfast including spots at The Front
Page and The Duke of York. By September Tim and Simon were drawn to
Manchester and Edinburgh respectively to persue their education. Ding
and Orz remained in Belfast to do the same.
The band reconvened during every holiday and by Easter 1997 "Dual
Sparrow" had been recorded, again using 4-tracks. Since then the
merry-go-round of University, song writing, practising and the odd gig
has continued. The line up has seemingly cemented and all seems well
for the foreseeable future.