Over the last several years, Holly Laessig and Jess Wolfe have led their band Lucius across the country, making a name for themselves in music circles far and wide.
The pop duo released their first proper album, “Wildewoman,” in 2013 and went on a world tour playing festivals, headlining shows and opening for bands like Jack White and Tegan and Sara.
But during that journey, Lucius did more than provide their fans with an array of power-pop cuts: they promoted a specific type of feminism by turning their album’s namesake into a movement.
For Lucius, the phrase “Wildewoman” became an identifier for a strong female who doesn’t mess around.
“The whole sentiment behind the song is about being little girls and learning how to grow up and go your own way,” Laessig told Glamour in 2013. “Not being discouraged by taking the untraditional route. It was a good sentiment for the whole record. The songs all have this personal pep talk to them, like, ‘you’re doing good, stay true to yourself.’”
Wolfe doubled down on that notion, explaining that they wanted to give a voice to all girls who feel underrepresented in the arts.
“When we found each other, it was the first time we felt freedom in an artistic community, but we always wanted to recognize those girls who don’t always have a voice, or maybe have a more difficult time finding one,” Wolfe said.
Since the release of “Wildewoman,” Lucius’ profile has continued to grow. Their second, full-length album, “Good Grief,” was released March 11, 2016.
Last fall, thanks to a partnership with Lagunitas Brewing Company, Lucius donated their time and proceeds from a series of concerts to some very worthy causes which include: Family Dogs New Life Shelter in Portland, The Alzheimer’s Society of Washington, the Materials and Exchange Center for Community Arts and the Phoenix Theater Youth Program.
The band recently debuted “Good Grief” on NPR First Listen.
Watch the full YouTube videos credited above: Lucius – Two Of Us On The Run (Honey I’m Home Session) via The Wild Honey Pie, HOW WE DUO: Jess & Holly of Lucius get inspired by Color Molten via Maybelline New York