US 60′s throwback Lucius released their debut album Wildewoman across the pond back in October of 2013 but are now bringing the album to European territories through PIAS.

Lucius was founded by vocalists Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig, when the pair bonded at a party and after performing with various numbers of band mates, they are now joined by Dan Molad, Peter Lalish and Andrew Buri who make up the five-piece. The girls both studied at the prestigious Berklee College of music and since have moved to Brooklyn where they began recording their debut album.

During the latter parts of 2013 and early 2014 Lucius have been extensively touring the US but after SXSW, will be taking their energetic live show to Europe, in support of the forthcoming European release of the debut. We caught up with the pair one afternoon to discuss how the pair became Lucius, the album itself and why touring Europe is so much better than the States (obviously).

You two first met as students at the prestigious Berklee – did you hit off straight away musically?

Jess: We had a bunch of mutual friends and we were sort of acquaintances, and I had a party at my apartment and we just got talking about our mutual influences. They were all very similar and we thought it would be cool to do a girl group take on The Beatles, so we got together the next morning to do some arrangements and never really finished that project but started writing our own music from thereon. That was about 9 years ago!

In terms of your sound – was it similar then to what it is now or has it developed?

Jess: Oh it’s changed it has seen many lives. Like 9 of them, like a cat. It started very like, Portishead-jazz meets, I don’t know…

Holly: Like Portishead meets Massive Attack!

Jess: It was very much like electronic jazz, almost. Then we moved to New York and we were really influenced by the songwriting community and we were just trying to hone our craft, so we were listening to a lot of folk music and that was having influence on our songwriting. Then, after about 2 years living in New York we were really looking for a way to dance onstage you know, we wanted a little more energy. We then met Danny who is a producer and engineer and we took these songs and wanted to just explore in the studio. Our aim was to throw spaghetti on the wall and see what stuck and that’s sort of how the band how you see it now began.

What about The Beatles White album? You mentioned you wanted to put a girl group spin on it – did you eventually make and if so where can we hear it!

Jess: We were just rearranging songs from The White Album. We wanted to do a show that was sort of like a girl group take on the White Album, but we never really got around to it…

Holly: We rearranged “Happiness Is A Warm Gun” but that was it – which we did put out, but don’t search for it!

Jess: You can try and find it; I don’t know if it’s out there, it’s definitely not on iTunes or something like that!

Holly: It’s probably in like the depths of MySpace. We’ve gotta take that down!

You also make jingles too don’t you? Including a jingle for Mercedes that was premiered during the finale of Breaking Bad?

Jess: We do that to sort of make some income while we’re on the road and we’ve been successful a few times – it’s like a project, it’s like write this 60 seconds or less clip to this commercial and they sort of give you guidelines – it’s like a writing project and for us it’s fun!

Do you think that by having to be so diverse when you’re making these jingles and having to think outside the box helps when you are creating your own music?

Jess: I think any way to create, and to work on something new and experiment with things is helpful.

In terms of influences, you told The New York Times about the importance of fashion and clothes for you as a group, why is this important to you?

Jess: I think it’s important for us as I think it’s a way for us all to connect before we’re on stage, and I think it puts us in this headspace because we are all so dependent on one and other. We’re like a machine you know, each part needs the next part in order to function properly and I think it’s about dressing the sound, creating a visual representation of the music and I think that connects people and draws people in as well as drawing ourselves in.

Like seemingly every new artist these days, you’ve been compared with bands across the spectrum, with the standouts being Arcade Fire and Haim – how do you take to that?

Holly: I mean, we don’t know how to describe our music ourselves, so any descriptions and comparisons are welcome. It’s always interesting to hear how people interpret it and it tends to have been really talented people so that feels good.

Jess: We definitely have nothing bad to say about either of those bands. Haim – their live show is really epic and Arcade Fire, their songwriting and just everything they do is just so thoughtful, so being put in the same sentence as those guys is totally cool.

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