Lucius brought a lot of love to Daryl’s House on Friday, June 24th. The Brooklyn-based five-piece band performed their unique brand of indie pop for an excited crowd that knew every word.
Opener Margaret Glaspy, fresh off a record deal and debut album release on ATO Records, shared her grungy songs about loneliness. The emotion emanated from her unique voice that can go from snarling to sweet in a matter of seconds. But by the end, I became a big fan of her crunchy guitar tones and well-constructed pop/soul nuggets, and the response from the crowd showed it was widely appreciated as well.
Adorned in gold, Lucius delivered their throwback, but still distinctly fresh and modern style. The set consisted of about an equal amount of tracks from their two albums to date, 2016’s Good Grief and their 2013 debut Wildewoman. Lead singers Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig powerfully sang beautifully-crafted harmonies. Much like the famous singing duos of the past, like Simon & Garfunkel, The Everly Brothers, Ann and Nancy Wilson, their lines twirl around each other, each able to stand on its own, but stronger together. And the vocals blended perfectly with the swirling instrumentals of multi-instrumentalists Peter Lalish, Andrew Burri, and Don Molad. Songs like “Madness”, “Turn It Around”, and “Genevieve” took on new lives in a live setting and made for a really fun, high-tempo set. Additionally, the outstanding sound at Daryl’s House really accentuated the booming beats and complicated arrangements of Lucius. (Serious kudos to the sound engineers at the venue.)
The set had two showstoppers in particular. One was the first song of the encore, where Jess and Holly took the stage with opener Margaret Glaspy and guitarist Peter Lalish and delivered an acoustic rendition of Elvis Presley’s “I Can’t Help Falling In Love With You” in stunning three-part harmony. Certainly an unexpected cover when they first started, but a great entry into the pantheon of Elvis covers by the end.
The other came near the end of the main set, when the band asked everyone to sit down. Everyone was hesitant at first, since it’s such a strange request at a concert (and there’s only so much room on the floor). But Jess and Holly took a moment to read a touching statement regarding the recent events in Orlando. They acknowledged that they value the diversity of their fan base, and that they would like to do what they can as musicians with a platform to help the victims and to help dispel any kind of future hatred. The touching statement led right into the stripped-down track “Two Of Us On The Run.” Not a dry eye in the house.
The booking may have seemed unusual for a venue like Daryl’s House, whose specialty is blues and rock, but this indie pop band found a home for their style in a venue a bit smaller than what they’ve been used to as they’ve grown in popularity.