Creativity is second nature to Lucas Gould. Growing up in Weston, he gravitated to music and free expression and quickly found his niche making sounds from any object that sat in his path.
"I always had a crappy little guitar," Gould recalled as he strummed some tunes at his home on the Lachat property in Weston. His mother, artist Liz Ward , nurtured his creative leanings every chance she got.
"He's very talented," Ward said, noting that her son's skills extend beyond music. He is a visual artist, teaches music and muay thai boxing and is a physical trainer.
These days he spends much of his time with his band, Relative Souls. The five-member outfit recently completed its first full-length album, Nebulous, an aptly titled montage of diverse musical expressions and influences.
"We don't put limitations on our song craft," Gould said. Their sonic ambitions propelled the group to win the coveted JAMOFF! competition sponsored by Relix Magazine. The band will be included in a compilation album distributed to more than 100,000 people across the nation.
Relative Soul's musical flavors range from the head-nodding melodies of Stevie Wonder to the bouncy experimentation of Victor Wooten.
Gould went through Weston public schools, and his experience taking music theory stuck with him. Weston High School music teacher Erik Paul played a pivotal role in Gould's music education by teaching him "the language of music."
No matter where he plays, he said he puts 100 percent into his performance. "We still play like it's [Madison Square Garden]," he said. "It's all about kicking butt and playing music."
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