With similar hair styles and modes of dress, you might think Lucius' frontwomen Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig are related in some way, but the look-alike duo only shares a penchant for stellar harmonies and catchy pop-rock tunes, not a bloodline.
The first time I saw the group live — the band opened for Tegan and Sara in 2014, I was immediately impressed by their ability to sing everything at the same time. Neither ever takes the spotlight as they sing everything — every word — in tandem or harmony.
It's a sound that started on the band's debut, Wildewoman, and continues on this sophomore effort. The Berklee grads have allowed their trio of bandmates to expand the group's sonic landscape while continuing to keep the vocals front and center. At times, Wolfe and Laessig are singing as one. In other moments, they're offering angelic harmonies. The only way you're hearing one voice or the other during a verse or chorus is if a headphone falls off or an earbud accidentally drops out.
From the more melancholy opening song, "Madness," to the upbeat pop of the album's first single, "Born Again Teen," the duo's vocals remain the constant driving force, while the singers never hestitate to explore their range or simplifiy their vocal presentation.
On Good Grief, the band experiments with more sounds and time signatures to venture into territory previously explored by artists such as St. Vincent. Good Grief could be considered Lucius' sophomore surge more than any kind of slump.
Make plans to catch the band when they perform at the Visulite Theatre on June 13.