We were standing outside Milwaukee’s Pabst Theater, desperately emailing and calling Lucius’ manager to get inside for the interview we scheduled, when lead singer Jess Wolfe popped her head out one of the theater’s backdoors and invited us in. Once inside, she asked about our own music interests as she set up the merchandise table. Her vocalist counterpart, Holly Laessig, soon turned up and led us down to the basement through a mysterious tunnel which brought us to the backstage area of the theater. Laessig and Wolfe are the core to Lucius, a 5-piece, Brooklyn-based indie-pop band with an infectious 60’s girl group sound and growing fanbase since their critically acclaimed SXSW performances. Emmie sat down with the frontwomen for a beer and discussed their success at SXSW, their upcoming album, and the joys of touring.
The whole crew—Mike Savino of Tall Tall Trees and Lucius guitarists Pete Lalish and Andrew Burri, drummer Dan Molad, and the girls—was an extremely friendly bunch. We talked about Hiyao Miyazaki films and sat in on a conversation about the Donner family incident and who would be the most tasty to eat if they were in the same desperate situation. (The group consensus for tastiest was guitarist Pete Lalish). The band then launched into a rehearsal mid-conversation, as natural as continuing to chat with each other as Burri and Lalish picked up the chords for the upcoming encore. See Emmie’s review of the show here: emmiemagazine.com
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