A Baeble NEXT Session: The Sensational Vocal Acrobatics of Lucius
  • FRIDAY, MARCH 11, 2016

  • Posted by: David Pitz



First off, a hearty congratulations are in order as we want to wish Lucius a very happy record release day! The band's sophomore album, Good Grief, is out TODAY. So you know...run, don't walk to give it a spin. BUT wait...actually, before you do all that running, have a look at our newest Baeble NEXT session with the band.

Lucius recently hopped the BQE south to share four inventive, stylish, and seriously savvy cuts from Good Grief. It's an album title that represents the material on multiple levels. There is that thing that reminds of Charlie Brown's exasperated sighs. "Goooooood Grief!" With the band spending the last two and a half years on the road in support of their equally amazing debut Wildewoman, you can bet such a commitment to the road threw all of the creature comforts they had previously known completely out of whack. Because it's hard to live out of a suitcase...it takes a serious toll, physically, mentally, and emotionally.

"Being on the road for two and half years in itself will do a lot to your psyche and your development as a human being," singer Jess Wolfe explained. "The amount of places that we saw...just so much intake is bound to affect your writing." So the band kept voice memos and wrote in their journals as they zipped around the globe. They thought it was important to keep tabs on things so they wouldn't forget any of the important moments. Jess soon realized that, "a lot of times when you're having difficulty you just have a lot more to say about it."

That weariness is at the heart of a song like "Dusty Trails", which the band absolutely slayed in our session. Look no further than the opening lines. "We've been gone for such a long time that I'm almost afraid to go home/A long road is a long dragged out imagination where things can go wrong/But we keep rolling on."

It's that keep rolling on part that's the other side of the coin when it comes to the title of their new album. There is acceptance in the difficulty that lay ahead...a feeling that, while things are tough, the experiences also offer the opportunity for tremendous growth. "It afforded us so many opportunities to get in front of so many people and those crowds grew and we are so incredibly fortunate for that," Jess told us.

When the band actually sat down to start working through the source material for Good Grief, they started to take stock of what they really had. "It was heavy material," laughed co-vocalist Holly Laessig during our conversation. "When we sat down to get into it, we thought...should we just start with something light? An appetizer or something?" As it turns out, that aperitif ended up being "Born Again Teen"; a song that feels like the blast of a confetti cannon, and their insanely joyous, first single.

While playing through both songs, as well as "Madness" and "What We Have (to Change)" in our session, it's obvious that Jess and Holly remove themselves from whatever moment they occupy when they sing. They have that unique ability to swan dive ever so gracefully into the vocal complexities, emotions, and various colors of their songs. To be honest, we've never encountered anything like the two voices that filled our workspace.

It's something Lucius hope translates to their audience as well. "Growing up we both were looking to escape in a certain way...trying to figure out what it was we wanted to be and not exactly fitting in," Jess told us. "Coming to a show definitely enables [a similar] experience for other people. It's fun and energetic and we're hopefully transporting people along with us."

Good news guys. Our newest Baeble NEXT Session with Lucius is your ticket to ride.

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