Lucius (band)


The five members of Lucius in 2016
Background information
Origin Brooklyn, New York
Genres Indie rock, indie pop
Years active 2005[1]–present
Labels Mom + Pop Music, Dine Alone Records, Play It Again Sam
Associated acts The Rentals, San Fermin
Members Jess Wolfe
Holly Laessig
Dan Molad
Peter Lalish
Andrew Burri

Lucius is a five piece indie pop band from Brooklyn, New York.[2] The band consists of Jess Wolfe, Holly Laessig, Dan Molad, Peter Lalish and Andrew Burri.


The band formed in 2005[1] when Wolfe and Laessig met while attending Berklee School of Music.[3] After becoming friends together and casually singing under the name Lucius, they moved to Brooklyn to develop their careers. In Brooklyn, the two moved into an old Victorian home that had a 60-year-old recording studio and music school. Eventually, they met the other members of the current group.[1]

Debut - "Wildewoman"

Mom + Pop Music released the band's debut album Wildewoman in North America on 15 October 2013. Play It Again Sam released Wildewoman in UK/Europe, Australia and Japan on 31 March.

Wolfe and Laessig have also been involved with The Rentals, contributing vocals to their 2014 album Lost in Alphaville, and San Fermin, contributing vocals to their 2013 self-titled debut album. In 2014, Wolfe and Laessig contributed vocals to Tweedy's debut album, Sukierae

Lucius provided music for Jake and Amir's 2016 web series, Lonely and Horny.

"Good Grief"

The band's second album, Good Grief, debuted in 2016. The album was recorded over the span of two years while Wolfe and Laessig were touring the group's first album.[4] Lucius largely departed from the sound of its first album and instead focused their sound on "moody Eighties-synth melodies and raw lyrics about the hardships of marriage.[5]"


Lucius has been lauded by the New York Times for their "luscious, luminous, lilting lullabies",[6] praised by NPR for their "charisma and charm."[7] and by Rolling Stone as "the best band you may not have heard yet".[8]

The Guardian featured Lucius as its New Band Of The Day on February 14, 2014, and described them as "the missing link between Arcade Fire and Haim... How can they fail? They won't."[9]

Economist and New York Times columnist Paul Krugman is a noted fan of the band and has featured their music in his blog.[10][11]

In the 2013 Silver Sound Music Video Film Festival + Band Battle, Lucius' video for "Go Home" won the award for "Best Animation".[12]

July 2016 Lucius appears on the Showtime series Roadies. "Roadies", Season 1, Episode 5: performing "Born Again Teen"


The two lead singers of Lucius performing in 2016

The group is a five-piece featuring two lead singers and three other musicians.[13]



Year Details Peak chart positions
US Indie

2009 Songs From The Bromley House
  • Released: November 13, 2009
  • Labels: Self-released
2013 Wildewoman 150 36 5
2016 Good Grief 92 6
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.



List of singles, with selected chart positions, year released and album name
Year Title Peak positions Album



2013 "Turn It Around" 16 Wildewoman
2014 "Genevieve" Lucius EP
2015 "Born Again Teen" 33 46 Good Grief
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.


  1. 1 2 3 Atlas, Zoe. "Lucius at The Sinclair". Sound of Boston. Retrieved 14 December 2013.
  2. Marc Hirsh (2013-02-07). "The voices of Lucius share the same wavelength". Boston Globe. Retrieved 2013-11-10.
  3. Ryzik, Melena. "Talking With Jess Wolfe And Holly Laessig Of Lucius". The New York Times. Retrieved 14 December 2013.
  4. "First Listen: Lucius, 'Good Grief'". Retrieved 2016-06-22.
  5. "How Lucius Embraced 'Good Grief' on New LP". Rolling Stone. 2016-03-16. Retrieved 2016-06-22.
  6. "Four Word CMJ Reviews: Tuesday and Wednesday". The New York Times. Retrieved 2015-12-10.
  7. Boilen, Bob. "Lucius: Tiny Desk Concert". NPR. Retrieved 2015-12-10.
  8. "Vampire Weekend, Passion Pit, Kendrick Lamar Top Boston Calling". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2015-12-10.
  9. Paul Lester (2014-02-14). "New Band Of The Day". The Guardian. Retrieved 2014-05-06.
  10. Paul Krugman (8 December 2013). "Lucius Live (Personal)". The New York Times. Retrieved 2013-11-10.
  11. Paul Krugman (15 August 2014). "Friday Night Music: Lucius Does Buddy Holly". The New York Times. Retrieved 2014-08-18.
  12. "MVFF+BB 4 Best Animation". Retrieved 19 May 2014.
  13. Denny Dyroff (2013-02-14). "Lucius take the stage at Milkboy in Philadelphia". Retrieved 2013-11-10.
  14. "Lucius – Chart History".
  15. "Lucius – Chart History".
  16. "Lucius – Chart History".
  17. "lucius – Chart History: Adult Alternative Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved October 19, 2015.
  18. "Lucius – Chart History: Alternative Rock". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved April 2, 2016.
  19. "lucius – Chart History: Rock Airplay". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved April 2, 2016.

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