Freret is nothing short of a bustling scene all of its own. With spots like Liberty, Dat Dog, High Hat, Wayfare, Company Burger and more, it's not a bad place to spend a Saturday night, especially since everything is within walking distance of Gasa Gasa. Although the venue is usually a little crowded, it provides a more intimate setting than some of the other tried and true music venues around the city. With a trendy vibe and even trendier patrons, Gasa Gasa is a safe bet for whatever is up and coming in music.
Aaaaand I can't think of anything hotter and trendier than guys with good facial hair playing back up for the power harmonies of chic women. The striking, mirror-esque girls of Lucius rocked it out at Gasa Gasa Saturday. Hailing from Brooklyn, NY, Lucius will be touring the country through February before making international moves in April. In anticipation of the show, I started my night with sliders and wine from the Wayfare before stumbling to Gasa Gasa where entrancing leading ladies Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig already had the audience swaying, dancing and singing along all the way out the door.
Rocking a mod look that had me thinking about time travel (all matching all black attire and gold bobs with heavy black liner), larger-than-life songs like "Go Home" had me shivering at first listen, but especially live. The haunting chorus captures a meandering loneliness that is tricky to put your finger on, but you feel it. There is a dynamic between Wolfe and Laessig that is undeniable and it's evident in everything they do, every time they make eye contact with each other and every time they glance back at the hotties in the band. It's perhaps a knowing that other highlights off their album Wildwoman like "Don't Just Sit There" (check out their use of beer bottles as instruments on YouTube) and "How Loud Your Heart Gets" will wrap you up like a blanket in the cold.
From the album art to their merch, if you are into indie pop, Lucius will get stuck in your head and your heart. "The best band you may not have heard yet" according to Rolling Stone, I too am predicting this will not be the last we see of them.