Lucius have just revealed a cover of “Strangers” by The Kinks which features on the deluxe version of their new album ‘Good Grief’, which is out on March 11th 2016 via Play It Again Sam/Mom + Pop Music.
Andy from the band suggested covering The Kinks, with ‘Strangers’ being a particular favourite.
Andy explains: “I discovered the song on a camping trip with a crew of about 30 friends. We rented four little cabins by a lake and spent the weekend laughing and enjoying the change of pace from NYC. One night, we were around the fire and at some point my friend who had a guitar began playing and singing ‘Strangers’. Everyone was so quiet as he played and I remember thinking to myself, “this is one of the greatest songs I’ve ever heard!” It was a magical moment in my life. That feeling of revitalization; a reassurance that music and expression through art is essential for the soul to progress.”
“And, so, a few months later I began playing more frequently with Lucius and it dawned on me that this song would be a perfect fit. The girls were beginning to really focus on the duality of their visual as well as continuing to employ the unison vocal approach, so it just made sense. The song explains things on multiple levels: the relationship between Jess and Holly, the relationship between the girls and the guys and the relationship between Lucius and the audience. “Strangers on this road we are on. We are not two. We are one”.
Good Grief was produced by Shawn Everett (Weezer and The Alabama Shakes) and Lucius with Bob Ezrin Alice Cooper, Kiss, Pink Floyd). The album was mixed by Tom Elmhirst (Adele and Beck). The new music follows the band’s debut album, Wildewoman.
The band is lead by its co-founders and vocalists Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig accompanied by multi-instrumentalists Andrew Burri, Peter Lalish and Dan Molad. Wolfe and Laessig met in 2005 while attending Berklee College of Music.
April will see Lucius make return to UK shores to tour – kicking off in Dublin on April 5th, reaching London’s KOKO on the 13th. Dates in Europe follow – see full dates below.
2. Something About You
3. What We Have (To Change)
4. My Heart Got Caught On Your Sleeve
5. Almost Makes Me Wish For Rain
6. Gone Insane
8. Almighty Gosh
9. Born Again Teen
10. Better Look Back
11. Dusty Trails
Full European tour dates:
5/4 The Academy, Dublin
6/4 Gorilla, Manchester
8/4 Arts School, Glasgow
9/4 Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
10/4 Rescue Rooms, Nottingham
11/4 Thekla, Bristol
13/4 KOKO, London
14/4 La Maroquinerie, Paris
16/4 Botanique, Brussels
19/4 Melkweg, Amsterdam
20/4 Prinzenbar, Hamburg
21/4 Privateclub, Berlin
22/4 Strom, Munich