Over the weekend, we stopped by New York's Gov Ball Music Festival and caught one of our favorite bands Lucius delivering their haunting melodies to legions of women in flower crowns, men in boat shoes, and one guy with a rubber Conehead on his noggin. While we were blown away by the band, led by Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig, when they first tore the house down during New York's CMJ Music Festival in October, Lucius' act has bloomed into something even bolder and more dynamic (if that's even possible).
Clad in their signature matching outfits, Wolfe and Laessig took to the NYC Gov Ball Stage Saturday, donning identical multi-color sequined midi skirts and crop tops and '60s grade reflective, round sunglasses. The band, which also includes drummer Dan Molad and guitarists Peter Lalish and Andrew Burri, cycled through their debut album, Wildewoman, including the infatuation-worthy titular track. And while we first saw them in a small club setting, where intimate songs like "Wildewoman" thrive, Lucius had no problem filling up the wide open spaces on Randall's Island with their infectious lyrics and breathtaking harmonies.
At the end of their performance — one that included an "I Wanna Dance With Somebody" interlude during one of their bigger songs, "Turn It Around" — the crowd roared. Clearly more wise music fans had been turned on to the incredible act. And if you know what's good for you, you'll follow their lead.
But first, a Lucius crash course:
The Epitome Of Their '60s Style in "Turn It Around"
Audrey Hepburn ain't got nothing on these ladies.
And In Case You Didn't Believe The "Haunting Melodies" Part...
"Tempest" is where Laessig and Wolfe really let it rip.
And The Clincher: "Wildewoman"
This song is everything. (And the tour video is pretty great too.)
Image: Courtesy of Mom + Pop Records