If You Haven't Heard of Lucius, You Will
"The best band you may not have heard yet," is what Rolling Stone had to say about Lucius. This five member indie rock band out of New York has been exciting critics since they got together in 2005. They've gotten glowing reviews from individuals at the New York Times, NPR and The Guardian.
Lucius has shows scheduled at the Magnet Club in Berlin, Germany; La Laiterie in Strasbourg, France and the Ancienne Belgique in Brussels, Belgium. Then they'll head back to the U.S. for concerts at The Hollow in Vermont and shows in New York. Lucius has also played in Munich, Cologne and at the De Helling in Utrecht, Netherlands.
The music video for "Go Home" got the "Best Animation" award at the Silver Sound Music Video Film Festival & Band Battle in 2013. The band has come a long way since their first performance, when only Holly Laessig and Jess Wolfe were permanent members of the band, back in the Paradise Rock Club in 2007. The ladies played to a crowd of about 79 people. Unfortunately, they discovered later that they only got paid if 80 fans showed up that night. Lesson learnt.
Laessig and Wolfe, both singers in Lucius, met while they were students at Berklee School of Music. After playing shows in Boston, the girls headed to Brooklyn, New York in hopes of making it big. The neighbourhood in Brooklyn that the girls moved to was packed full of musicians, and this is how they met their other band members.
Andrew Burri and Peter Lalish both play guitar for the band, and Dan Molad completes the group on the drums, who also happens to be married to Wolfe. Even outside of that relationship, the band has remained a strong five-unit group through two album releases.
The Lucius EP and the album Songs From The Bromley House paved the way for Lucius' success. It was when their album Wildewoman came out, though, that they really struck gold. It was their official debut album and was released by a small independent record label which only hosts about 15 artists at any given time. This bit of name recognition was all it took. The album was critically acclaimed for its mixture of different music styles and gorgeous vocals.
By the end of 2013, the album had been listed by Amazon and Bob Boilen, the director of All Things Considered and All Songs Considered, as one of the best albums of the year. With additional glowing reviews from Paste, AllMusic and Rolling Stone, this was undoubtedly the band's big hit.
Although Wildewoman got the group touring internationally, the album Songs From The Bromley House was a hit in its own right. The album was well received in the independent circuit and lead to the girls winning the $10,000 award at the Silver Sound Music Video Film Fest & Band Battle. After the album's release, the New York Times even came out to the CMJ Music Festival to see the group in action.
Wildewoman, though, made substantially larger waves. As mentioned, the album received glowing reviews, and also made it to the No. 150 spot on the United States Billboard 200 chart. It pulled a No. 36 ranking on the Independent Albums chart, and even more impressive was their No. 5 spot on the Top Heatseekers chart.
Laessig and Wolfe often speak of how they love smaller venues, and those who get Lucius tickets to these shows are in for a treat. The visuals especially get fans excited. The ladies come out with retro clothing and matching outfits. The drums, supposed to be played by Molad, are sometimes placed randomly throughout the stage so that other group members can bang on them. Fans are transported to an ethereal universe where the band is often offset from the girls.
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