Sunday, May 15, 2016

Lucius and Happy Hollows at the Gothic Theatre in Englewood, CO on 05/14/16

Few performers have mystic qualities.  David Bowie was the man who fell to Earth and Lucius' beautifully blended harmonies are so extraordinary they don't seem to be from this world either.

After meeting at the Berklee School of Music, Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig started singing together under the name Lucius. They were joined by guitarists Andrew Burri and Peter Lalish and drummer Dan Molad. They built up a loyal following with unison singing, well crafted songs, and retro fashions.

Lucius
Wolfe and Laessig came on stage at the Gothic dressed like futuristic flight attendants with matching capes. Their hair was shaved on the sides and piled up on top in a pompadour cross bun. The gentlemen in the band wore complimentary blue suites minus the capes.  Wolfe and Laessig not only lead the band with their beautiful harmonies, but played the keyboards and drums to build up the intensity of their pop infused folk.

Things slowed down when Wolfe and Laessig broke away from the keyboards and shared a mic to sing Dusty Roads. The song highlights their amazing vocals and comes to a peak when they sing acapella.

Another highlight was their performance of Gone Insane which conveyed the feeling of.... wait for it....insanity.  They sang to a crescendo while almost screaming. The song has hints of Florence and the Machine and Kate Bush.  However, it is very much their own.

Holly Laessig and Jess Wolfe
Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig left the stage for a moment to reappear in the middle of the crowd wearing futuristic gold ponchos.  They got the crowd to start jumping along with them while singing and circling each other.

They eventually made their way back to the stage to perform Elvis Presley's Can't Help Falling in Love.  The crowd was so overwhelmed that they gave each other a massive group hug.  Never underestimate the power of the King.

Lucius ended with the high energy and percussion heavy (we need more cowbell) Genevieve. 


Happy Hollows
Happy Hollows from Los Angeles, California opened the show with their own brand of quirk indy pop.  The enthusiasm of lead singer Sarah Negahdari was extremely infectious.  Their songs were catchy and Negahdari's interpretive dance moves made them instantly likeable.  She stated how much of an honor it was to open up for the aliens.... I mean Lucius.

See you at the next show.  I will be the one not wearing a cape.