Featured Artist: Lucius for New Wave
After shooting the NEW Wave collection in Venice with our own lady legends and the likes of Felicity, Alessa, Laura, and Josie, we caught up with the front-women behind the music, Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig of Lucius and the hit song, Born Again Teen. We asked a few questions, and got the scoop on their upcoming tour, their latest album Good Grief, which you can purchase here, and found out what’s next for this Brooklyn foursome…
Photo Credit: Simon Sarin
Songwriting - What’s inspiring you most right now?
(JW) Visual art… we just sawYayoi Kusama’s exhibit at The Broad. We’ve been listening a lot to Chance the Rapper lately. He's casually fantastic with his approach to songwriting/rhyming/melody/beats.
(HL): In addition to above, tv shows like Handmaid's Tale, Sci-fi films, architecture, travel, you name it. Our own life experience is the first bag we draw from, but I think when you make a point to seek out other art, music and experiences, those influences naturally creep their way into your toolbox. The climate right now is certainly influencing everyone, and artists are speaking and creating with real opinions and meaning behind their work, so it's an exciting time to think about pushing the envelope. We continue to try and do just that.
Are you looking to make any pit stops while in Australia during the Perth Festival?
(JW): We are so beyond thrilled to be coming to Australia for the first time with Lucius! In addition to Perth, we’re playing Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney. Luckily, we'll also be out there with Roger Waters for a month before our own shows, so we will have the opportunity to sight see, eat delicious foods, swim in the ocean! We should be asking you: what can't we miss?!!!
There’s definitely an upbeat approach to your track, Born Again Teen. What was the inspiration for this song and in contrast to the rest of your album?
(HL) Truthfully you kind of answered it in your question; the inspiration was that it was in contrast to the rest of the album. When we sat down with ideas in one of our first sessions for Good Grief, all of the songs we had were these melancholy, pull at your heart strings kind of tunes. It was daunting coming off of a long year of tour and straight into the writing room to stare at all of our gut wrenching emotions on paper. To combat this, we decided to start with a breath of fresh air - the most upbeat, high energy, off the cuff thing we could think of, and that's where it came about.
We understand how traveling can be hard work. What keeps you most grounded, or what makes you most excited when visiting new places?
(JW): Bringing something to transform the hotel room or bus, so that it feels homey. A traveling music rig so we can write comfortably at all times, crystals, scarves to cover the lamps, my aromatherapy machine is a lifesaver! And facetime with friends & family...so they don\'t feel too far away... any kind of routine or constant is necessary when you're gone for so long.
Where are you most looking forward to visit on tour this year and why? Any beaches for a little R&R?
(HL) As Jess said, this is going to be our first time in Australia and we are stoked! We're traveling a lot this year and visiting a few new places. We will be all over Europe - for nearly 4 months, which is amazing because we never get to visit a place for that long. So excited for all the stories we'll be coming home with.
Bikini or one-piece?
(JW) marilyn inspired two-piece... high-waist bottom, all the way!
We love your stage personas and outfits. Would you say this is close to your off-stage style or how would you describe each of your personal style?
(JW) We live in a fantastical world through Lucius. We are always aiming to transport ourselves and the audience through our performance, both musically and visually. It's certainly different from our off-stage personas, but a vision that comes from the two of us, rather purely. The dynamic of our eccentric costumes, in color, movement and texture is an extension of the dynamics in our voices, in our songs, in our approach to arrangement. All to say that we have a lot of fun! Offstage, though, we try to keep our own unique styles, even though we are drawn to similar things. It's not infrequent that we find ourselves, completely unintentionally, dressing alike. Guess it's in our dna at this point!
12/29 - San Francisco, CA - The Independent
12/30 - San Francisco, CA - The Independent
12/31 - San Francisco, CA - The Independent
2/22 - Perth, Australia - Perth Int’l Arts Fest (Chevron Fest Gardens)
3/3 - Los Angeles, CA - Largo at the Coronet Theatre
3/4 - Los Angeles, CA - Largo at the Coronet Theatre
3/5 - Los Angeles, CA - Largo at the Coronet Theatre
3/7 - Bozeman, MT - The Rialto
3/8 - Salt Lake City, UT - The State Room
3/9 - Fort Collins, CO - Washington’s
3/10 - Boulder, CO - Boulder Theater
3/12 - Milwaukee, WI - Pabst Theater
3/13 - Chicago, IL - Thalia Hall
3/15 - Burlington, VT - First Unitarian Church
3/16 - Portland, ME - State Theatre
3/17 - Providence, RI - Columbus Theatre
3/18 - Woodstock, NY - Levon Helm Studios
3/20 - Philadelphia, PA - First Unitarian Church
3/22 - New York, NY - The Town Hall
3/23 - Washington, DC - Lincoln Theatre
3/24 - Greensboro, NC - Carolina Theatre
3/25 - Knoxville, TN - The Bijou Theatre (Big Ears Festival)