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Lucius At Amoeba, Thursday March 10th 2016

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Lucius

 

Lucius sounds like delicious and this can’t be a coincidence, the two Lucius girls have reached a new level of harmonies, which coat your eardrums with honey. Lucius also sounds like one sole person, a moniker perfectly fitting their intricately intertwined vocals, which make them sound like one unique entity.

On Thursday night, Lucius was doing an in-store inside a packed Amoeba store to celebrate the release of their new album ‘Good Grief’, out on Mom + Pop records the following day. Watching vocalists Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig live is quite a scene, as they were wearing fantastic matching outfits, sharing the same microphone and facing each other the whole time, one looking like a mirror image of the other one. All set-long, these golden girls demonstrated they have a unique and graceful way to mix their delicate vocal harmonies with bombastic arrangements, leaving people around me in awe.

Wolfe and Laessig looked like identical twins, wearing an impeccable makeup and the swirled updos of two Andrews sisters, slowly dancing in their gold capes and spiky gold pants, as if they were some superheroes of harmonies. This may be the main strength of the music, these two women seemed to have perfected vocals to a new level of warmth, precision and excellence, while the band behind them (multi-instrumentalists Andrew Burri, Peter Lalish and Dan Molad) were providing the never-overwhelming and subtle soundtrack to the women’s extravagance. The set was short, as it is always the case at Amoeba, but varied, showing a surprising range from beautiful and heart-tearing country ballads (Dusty Trails) to the handclap and exuberance of ‘Born Again Teen’ or ‘Turn it Around’, before returning to the convoluted and heartbreaking harmonies of ‘Go Home’… or the vintage pop of ‘Madness’. They proceeded to deconstruct all this hard work during their last song ‘Gone Insane’, a perilous exercise making their voices spiraling around each other, with a furious aggression not perceived before, while singing at the top of their lungs, to each other’s faces, ‘You can’t call me the one who’s gone insane/’Cause we know you’re the one who’s gone insane’. But even in the middle of chaos, even when the volume increased during their buoyant ballads, their style stays completely and technically brilliant.

‘It’s a great place to see bands, because, once they get big….’ I overheard someone in the crowd saying to his friend without even finishing his sentence,… and watching the reaction of the large crowd, Lucius may reach that blown-up status very soon. They have already been part of the big festival-circuit, having been part of Bonnaroo, Austin City Limits, Lollapalooza, Governors Ball and Newport Folk Festival, while they have toured with The Decemberists, My Morning Jacket, Sara Bareilles, Tegan and Sara, Jack White and The Head and The Heart.

Ex-Brooklynites Lucius now call Los Angeles home, as one of them said during the performance, and ‘Good Grief’ is the follow up to their 2013 critically acclaimed debut album ‘Wildewoman’. They performed a bit of both albums at Amoeba, mostly new songs of course, and more than one time, they sure sent the very attentive crowd to super-pop heaven.

Setlist
Dusty Trails
Born Again Teen
Turn it Around
Go Home
Madness
Almost Makes Me Wish For Rain
Gone Insane

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