Fronted by the enchanting Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig, and backed by their counterpart bandmates Dan Molad and Pete Lalish, Lucius have drawn acclaim for powerful songs showcasing taut hooks, along with their mesmerizing stage presence and bold visual aesthetics. The New York Times described Wolfe and Laessig’s vocals as being “especially gorgeous,” while Rolling Stone says Lucius is “powerful enough to knock you over.” The band released their second album, Good Grief in 2016, and much like their debut album Wildewoman, it earned them high praise from influential critics such as Pitchfork, NPR, Rolling Stone and The Guardian.
Aesthetically, while their resemblance onstage seems uncanny with matching outfits and hairstyles, offstage, they don’t bear the same resemblance at all. When Lucius takes the stage, what you see and hear is two voices coalescing into one stressing, agile sound. They sing in an arresting unison, doubling their high, clear voices and creating a third sound that is as unnerving as it is lovely, like two mirrors, creating an infinite number of reflections that reveal as much as they obscure. The band’s distinctive play on duality showcases Jess and Holly’s powerful voices at the center, bolstered and surrounded by the mathematically precise drumming of Dan with the graceful chiming of Pete’s guitar. Together the quartet create a sound the New Yorker calls “seemingly impossible with flawless grace that brings delicate beauty to even the most bombastic moments.”
Since 2017, Jess and Holly hold duties, contributing what Rolling Stone describes as “sweet, soulful, and smothering” vocals to Roger Waters mammoth arena-conquering Us + Them tour, performing over 160+ shows around the world.
And yet 2018 finds Lucius together for an intimate sold out acoustic tour and the release of an accompanying 10-track acoustic album, NUDES. A collection of songs chosen specifically to showcase their soulful, powerful voices and gorgeous harmonies, NUDES includes three new songs, four from the band’s back catalog, and three covers. The album also features sit-ins from Pink Floyd legend Roger Waters (on “Goodnight Irene”) and Wilco’s Nels Cline (on “Million Dollar Secret”).
Videos & Press
[Paste Magazine] By Jim Vorel We’re simple folks, here in the Paste office. We hear about a new Lucius album, we get excited. Pretty knee-jerk reaction, right there. And thus, we happen to find ourselves quite excited this morning. The beloved Brooklyn four-piece indie pop band has announced a new 10-track acoustic album, titled NUDES, […]
[Consequence of Sound] From their upcoming acoustic album, Nudes, due out on March 2nd By Randall Colburnon Indie-pop duo Lucius are prepping an acoustic album, Nudes, which is due out March 2nd via Mom + Pop Music. According to a press statement, the record contains 10 songs that were “chosen specifically to showcase their soulful, […]
“He’s family to us now,” duo says of the Pink Floyd legend, who appears on their new acoustic album ‘Nudes’ By Kory Grow When Lucius’ Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig first sang with Roger Waters, the clouds above them parted and a giant rainbow stretched across the sky. Literally. The two women were late additions […]
[NPR] By Bob Boilen There’s new music from Lucius: The New York quartet’s song “Million Dollar Secret” will be featured on HBO’s Girls this Sunday. Singers Holly Laessig and Jess Wolfe sing about “the idea of keeping something for yourself and trying to maintain that while still giving it to a listener.” Holly Laessig says. […]