Ever since seeing The Wolf of Wall Street I’ve yet to be able to take Steve Madden Shoes seriously. While I can’t vouch for the company’s past integrity, I can say that they know how to book a good show. As was the case on Monday, when Lucius rolled into town to play a killer free show at Music Hall of Williamsburg.
Our first encounter with the band was in the press tent last year at Governors Ball, where the big fella and I were able to get a few pictures of them in the middle of interviews. While they’re your standard road warriors, I’ve yet to see them since their GovBall set last June, as my calendar always seems to find itself filled whenever they’ve been in town since. I made sure to clear my schedule when I saw they were going to be in town playing a show a Music Hall of Williamsburg on Monday, not a bad way to start your week.
As always, Jess and Holly were twin look-alikes in their matching black outfits while the fellas in the group sported all white. As exciting as the band is, the power and charisma comes from Jess and Holly’s vocal and personal chemistry, which was on-point right out the gate opening with “Go Home” and “Don’t Just Sit There.” The two singers’ lyrical chemistry not only anchors the band’s unique modern spin on a throwback sound, but serves as the driving force for keeping the guitars and multiple drummers per song locked on and tight throughout.
The special night in celebration of guitarist Pete Lalish’s birthday saw their set rip through songs off their debut album including “Wildewoman,” “How Loud Your Heart Gets,” “Tempest,” “Genevieve,” “Nothing Ordinary,” and bringing everything to a close with “Turn It Around” and a badass cover The Kinks’ “Strangers” – which has become a staple in the set list night in and night out. With an encore featuring acoustic versions of “Two Of Us On The Run” and a brilliant cover of We Five’s “You Were On My Mind” in the middle of the audience, the band once again proved that while they may be one of the hottest rising acts in the indie rock scene, they’re still loving every minute of it and remain fan favorites in NYC.
Article: Tommy Shackleford
Photos: Manish Gosalia