Lucius Celebrate New Album at Home at Music Hall of WilliamsburgApril 1st, 2016
Lucius – Music Hall of Williamsburg – March 31, 2016
The stage at the sold-out Music Hall of Williamsburg last night was dressed with a shimmering backdrop proclaiming LUCIUS. Although it was a lovely effect, even without any identifying stage dressing it would be hard to mistake Lucius for any other band—from their songs’ rich harmonies and infectious energy to the distinctive look of singers Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig, with their matching copper-colored hairdos and green cape dresses, Lucius have a unique visual and sonic impact.
Performing the bouncy “Almost Makes Me Wish for Rain,” from their new alum, Good Grief, Wolfe and Laessig stood center stage, facing each other as they belted out the lyrics and pounded on a synth and keyboard. Later, they shifted stage right to share a microphone for the sentimental “Dusty Trails”—which elicited spontaneous audience applause after some especially powerful harmonies—and then moved stage left for a rendition of the intense, dynamic number “Gone Insane,” proving that not only are they talented, but they’re also very democratic with their sight lines.
This democratic spirit continued moments later, when, after a quick costume change, Lucius appeared in the crowd, singing the lively “Almighty Gosh” as they wove in and out through a sea of amazed revelers attempting to capture the moment with their phones. For those who failed to document the experience digitally, the concert also happened to be filmed for live streaming online, so no FOMO necessary—at least not too much. Of course, for everyone present, it was a treat to witness Lucius live, to hear the intricacies of all those belted harmonies and to sing along. —Alena Kastin | @AlenaK