Indie-Pop Act Lucius Reveals Its Recipe For Making Magic

21_LuciusPhoto: Courtesy of Lucius. Illustrated Ammiel Mendoza.
Brooklyn indie-pop quintet Lucius manages to cover an astonishing amount of ground over the course of its first LP, Wildewoman. From girl-group harmonies to '70s glam and '80s pop, co-front-women Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig jump between 20th-century touchstones like they're playing hopscotch. "We were interested in making a record that had a lot of peaks and valleys that were super-dynamic," Wolfe says. (They certainly succeeded.) We caught up with Wolfe after a blowout show with Cults at Brooklyn Bowl as the band was "somewhere between D.C. and North Carolina." During our chat, we talked Lucius' serendipitous beginnings, love of live performance, and the long road ahead.

Live Action

"We literally left for tour yesterday. We've got about two months ahead of us. But, we've been playing most of the songs for a while, and we've asked the remaining ones to set. We thrive in a live environment, so it's been great. We're about to go to Europe for the first time — we leave next month for about three weeks. It's kind of the dream for most bands to travel the world and do what you love, so we're very excited!"

All Together Now

"Everybody is a songwriter in the group, but Holly and I have done the songwriting for this album. The band was formed amidst the recording process. But, everyone has songwriter sensibilities, so it's easy to relate to each other. It's very much a collaboration, getting the songs arranged and ready for showtime. We really try to reimagine ourselves based on what venue we're at and what the room sounds like. It keeps things interesting for us and, hopefully, the audience as well — to go in not knowing what you're doing, but sort of know what you're doing, and just let the stars align. Magic can happen that way."


Welcome to the Dollhouse

"Holly and I met around nine years ago and moved to Brooklyn together. We found this Victorian house on Craigslist in Ditmas Park/Victorian Flatbush, and we moved in with about eight other musician friends — we knew nothing about the house's history before we moved in, we'd just seen some pictures on Craigslist. We walked into the house for the first time, and all the walls were wallpapered in '20s wallpaper. It had this amazing wood detailing and all wood floors. It was just incredible — it looked like a Victorian dollhouse. There were all these vintage organs and a grand Steinway piano in the living room. We walked downstairs, and it was an old recording studio. It wasn't furnished, but that's what it had been. The rooms were soundproofed. It was just a musician's dream. It was very serendipitous. We wrote most of the songs on the record on that piano."

Glam Girls
"Holly and I first connected because we were brought up listening to soul music and '60s rock 'n' roll. Glam rock. Anyone who has a strong presence and strong musicality that's something we're really drawn to: David Bowie, Björk, The Beatles, Otis Redding, Sam Cooke — that's what got us into singing in the first place."

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