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Jess Wolfe
Holly Laessig
Dan Molad
Peter Lalish
Andrew Burri

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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 Dine Alone Records (Canada).

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 together - an automatic 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 through 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 while 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, and 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 Bonnaroo, 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.
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Hear Lucius B-side "Genevieve" on Exclaim!

Brooklyn outfit Lucius have premiered a B-side from their highly acclaimed debut Wildewoman titled "Genevieve." Hear the beat-driven new recording right exclaim.ca target="_blank">HERE exclusively on Exclaim!

Lucius is slated to play alongside Tegan and Sara during their European tour before stomping on Canadian soil for some upcoming festival dates, listed below:

LUCIUS CANADIAN FESTIVAL DATES
June 6 Ottawa, ON @ Ottawa Bluesfest
June 4-6 Toronto, ON @ TURF - Toronto Urban Roots Festival
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Lucius perform live on CONAN

Team Lucius brought their inspired sound and infectious track "Turn It Around" to the CONAN stage last night (Tuesday, March 25). Watch the performance above or bit.ly " target="_blank">HERE at the source.

Check out behind the scenes and backstage snaps on the instagram.com target="_blank">Dine Alone Instagram.
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Lucius premiere stylish new "Turn It Around" video

Brooklyn quartet Lucius have premiered their new video for the catchy "Turn It Around" exclusively on Team Coco. The video is a visual treat for the eyes, drenched in a mod-themed aesthetic. Tune into the band's upcoming live performance on CONAN this Wednesday, March 25 at 11pm EST on TBS.

Click to watch "Turn It Around" on Team Coco.

The song is off the band's debut album Wildewoman, available now in Canada.

smarturl.it target="_blank">Grab your copy of Wildewomen here on iTunes!
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Watch Lucius' new Much Office Session

Brooklyn five-piece Lucius performed "Turn It Around" and "Go Home," two showstoppers off their debut album Wildewoman, as well as a bone-chilling rendition of My Morning Jacket's "Wonderful" live for Much's Office Sessions.

bit.ly target="_blank">Click here to watch the Lucius Much Office Session.

Get Wildewoman digitally on iTunes smarturl.it target="_blank">HERE or on beautiful clear pressed vinyl bit.ly target="_blank">HERE on the Dine Alone webstore.
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Watch Lucius' new "Tempest" video

Brooklyn's expert harmonizers Lucius have premiered a new video for the song "Tempest" exclusively on Wall Street Journal's Speakeasy blog.

blogs.wsj.com target="_blank">Click here to watch "Tempest" via Speakeasy.

The track is of of eleven from the band's freshly released Wildewoman debut LP. Femme duo Jess and Holly delve into the band's musical style and "Wildewoman" during their recent feature on NPR's All Things Considered. Watch their full interview n.pr target="_blank">HERE.

smarturl.it target="_blank">Click here to purchase Wildewoman on iTunes.
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