See Lucius live at Union Chapel on 6 September. Tickets go on sale 10am Friday 9 March.
Fronted by the sleek and compelling look-alike duo of Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig, and backed by their counterpart bandmates Dan Molad and Pete Lalish, Lucius have sold out shows across the world, big and small. Having headlined all over the US and Europe, they’ve also played slots at Bonnaroo, Newport Folk Festival, Lollapalooza, End of The Road, Austin City Limits, and shared the stage with a variety of renowned musicians including Roger Waters, Jack White, Mavis Staples, Jeff Tweedy, Sara Bareilles, Tegan and Sara and David Byrne.
The band’s uphill ascent began when Jess and Holly crossed paths while studying in Boston. Their strong bond lay the foundation of Lucius; they started playing music together over ten years ago and they haven’t stopped since. Along the way, they’ve become NPR darlings, and found themselves lauded by critics around the globe. Since the critically acclaimed release of their 2013 debut LP Wildewoman, they have built a stunningly loyal following, and share an intimate bond with their fans. Even today, it’s not uncommon to see Lucius doppelgängers in the crowd.
They released their second album, Good Grief, in 2016, and much like debut, it earned them high praise from influential critics such as Pitchfork, NPR, Rolling Stone and The Guardian. More recently, the single “Million Dollar Secret” was featured in the last season of hit HBO series Girls.
Aesthetically, the Lucius front women are visually arresting, with a fine-boned and delicate presence that conjure up images of Nordic princesses. While their resemblance onstage seems uncanny with matching outfits and hairstyles, offstage, they don't bear the same resemblance at all. In fact, they have notably different builds and complexions, which contributes to their allure.
When Lucius takes the stage, what you see and hear is two voices coalescing into one strong, agile sound. They sing in a strong 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 back 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”).