Lucius - Music Hall of Williamsburg - 8/14/13
Better than: The silly Katy Perry/Lady Gaga feud.
"She's gonna find her way back home," sings Holly and Jess, the lead singers of the Brooklyn-bred band Lucius, in perfect unison on the aptly titled song "Wildewoman." It's the titular song off their upcoming full-length album and it arrived early in the set after being dedicated to all "the ladies out there." Like the portrait of a wildewoman the lyrics paint, the ladies of Lucius are strong and unyielding and, most importantly, found their way back home.
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The sold out Music Hall of Williamsburg date for Lucius carried the glory of a homecoming and the tenderness of a reunion. Packed into an hour-long set were songs from their self-titled EP and the soon-to-be-released debut album that carries the previous release's weighty torch. Overlapping an ol' fashioned twangy country heartbreak from the schools of Hank Williams and Loretta Lynn with '60s pop harmonies and beats, art lives in pop culture, as Lady Gaga would say, through the band's use of neon mod lights and graphics against stacked, white boxes and the matching black-and-white outfits they all adorned.
Though the visuals fit much better with the poppier components of their music, Lucius really only needs the blissful harmonization of its lead singers to help deliver the tales of scorned lovers accented by wise adages and observations in a type of bourbon-soaked, powerhouse way that was made to be performed in the Grand Ole Opry or on the O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack. Songs like "Don't Just Sit There" and the hauntingly molten "Two of Us on the Run" became massive in a live setting as the voices of Holly and Jess threaded together perfectly.
Something about Lucius' fire works better live. It gives more space for the crystalline vocal talents of the singers to breathe and fill the room and the band's extraordinary musicians to energize their parts even more than can be heard on record. Watching the band move in a nearly singular way, as well, adds to the illusion of oneness Lucius attempts to create. Several moments throughout a live performance from the group may lead you to believe that they have fully succeeded.