Lucius

Lucius knew from the start they were on to something special. Centered around the powerful voices and compelling songwriting of Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig,
the Brooklyn band has evolved from a promising duo into the dynamic quintet that releases its debut LP,
WILDEWOMAN, Oct. 15 on Mom + Pop. Hailed by
Rolling Stone as a Band to Watch, alliteratively lauded by
The New York Times for their “luscious, luminous, lilting lullabies” and praised by NPR for their “charisma and charm,” Lucius pairs the synchronous vocals of Wolfe and
Laessig, who play synth and keyboards, with guitars and drums from Dan Molad, Peter Lalish and Andrew Burri. Together, they make music that evokes classic girl
-group pop and iconic rock ’n’ roll with a modern twist, that belongs solely to Lucius. But none of it happened overnight.
“We’ve been singing together for almost nine years, and this will be our first record as a band,” Wolfe says. “We never wanted to rush anything. We never
looked for a record deal before it felt like we needed one, and we never wanted to be on tour until we felt like we could sustain ourselves on the road. It was important for us to hone our craft.” Wolfe and Laessig met in college in Boston, bonding over a love of old school soul, David Bowie and the Beatles. They sing as though each is one half of the
same voice, with riveting, resonant unison parts on songs like “Hey Doreen,” the propulsive first single from
WILDEWOMAN; and harmonies that feel instinctive
as their voices diverge and then meld together on the
ineffably catchy title track.
“We started singing in unison because we were always drawn to doubled vocals on recordings,” Wolfe says. “We figured it couldn't hurt to try it in a live setting
and it just felt like our voices were supposed to be sitting to
gether-anautomatic vocal kinship. In truth, many of our intentional decisions, when it comes to sounds and arrangements and even band setup, have been happy
accidents.” After their initial musical gathering, the pair started writing songs together,exploring a sense of otherness that each had felt growing up, and pairing it with
arresting musical arrangements: from bright acoustic guitars and heartbroken vocals to layers of irresistible rhythm and bold melodies.

“Jess and I have shared unusually parallel
experiences,” Laessig says. “We were
both bullied during adolescence, which lit a fire in each of us. We have both
experienced relationships and love on a similar timeline, so when we write songs
together we have a natural empathy. The
themes that run thr
ough this record
reflect the struggles and realizations of becoming an adult, and of being a bit of
an outsider sometimes, but
embracing
it. I think that's something people can
relate to.”
In 2007, Wolfe and Laessig moved to Brooklyn’s Ditmas Park, taking
up
residence at the Bromley House, which had, unbeknownst to them at the time,
been a music school and recording studio for more than 60 years prior. Wolfe
and Laessig established an open
-
door policy for the strong local community of
musicians. First came
Molad, a drummer, producer and engineer whom Lucius
sought out for some early recording sessions (he also co
-
produced
WILDEWOMAN
). He introduced them to Lalish, his former bandmate
in the indie
-
pop trio Elizabeth and the Catapult. Later, Molad met Burri wh
ile
working on a different recording project, rounding out the Lucius family.
At the same time, Lucius was developing the memorable visual look the band
employs onstage

“dressing the sound,” they call it. Taking inspiration from
strong visual artists, a
nd citing Bjork, Bowie, Warhol and Prince as style icons,
the women are bedecked in a seemingly endless array of identical head
-
to
-
toe
ensembles, complimented by the men’s sharp,
tailored
style.
With acclaimed performances at South by Southwest and Bonnar
oo, and a tour
schedule that keeps them on the road in the U.S. and Europe for the rest of the
fall, 2013 has already been a full year for this young band. With the release of
WILDEWOMAN
, Lucius’ steady ascent shows no signs of retreat.

You Won't is the Boston-based duo of Josh Arnoudse and Raky Sastri, fast friends ever since they squared off in a fierce but poorly executed sword-fight in 1999. The Massachusetts natives collaborated on a litany of non-musical projects prior to forming a band, conspiring to produce a series of little-seen experimental films, guerrilla theater stunts, and duct-taped refrigerators filled with toxic sludge. You Won't was born in early 2011 following three quixotic months spent recording in the wild suburban woodlands of Eastern Massachusetts. Following the release of their full-length debut Skeptic Goodbye in 2012, the pair has toured across the United States and Canada, garnering praise from the likes of SPIN, NPR, The New York Times, and KEXP for their distinctly lyrical, insistently melodic, and thoroughly percussive sound. The band has quickly developed a reputation for their dynamic and enthusiastically unorthodox live performances and 2013 found them sharing stages with The Lumineers, The Joy Formidable, Josh Ritter, The Antlers, and other highly-esteemed performing artists of note.

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