Additional Band: Kingsley Flood
Price: $13 - $15
Location: Philadelphia , PA
Venue: World Café Live
By K. Ross Hoffman
Brooklyn up-and-comers Lucius put a lot of effort into their appearance. The band’s blond frontwomen, Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig, dress up as symmetrical twinsies on stage in brightly colored mod-soul outfits and thick eyeliner while the three gentlemen in the band typically appear equally well-coordinated and stylish. That look, sharp and singular as it is, functions as an apt analogue for the band’s equally potent and distinctive sound: similarly retro and crisp, similarly meticulous and infectious, similarly built around Wolfe and Laessig’s soulful close harmonies and twinned unison crooning. It’s a sound that, nearly a decade after the vocalists first hooked up at Berklee College of Music, finally exists in the form of full-length album, the excellent Wildewoman (Mom+Pop) — that’s four syllables, by the way; “Wilde” pronounced as in “-beest,” not Oscar. They’ve added some country and a bit of synth-pop to their versatile fusion of throwback girl-group R&B and big, strummy indie folk-pop, and just about every song seems to feature a massive, searing, potentially world-conquering chorus.