After breaking through with their debut LP Wildewoman in 2013, Lucius spent the bulk of the last two years building their profile: they sang back-up on Jeff Tweedy and son Spencer’s 2014 LP Tweedy, supported My Morning Jacket‘s “Waterfall Tour,” and appeared on Bleachers’ recent Terrible Thrills Vol. 2 album, performing Jack Antonoff’s “Wake Me,” alongside acts like Charli XCX, Carly Rae Jepsen, and Tinashe.
Now, the group — led by founders and vocalists Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig, alongside multi-instrumentalists Andrew Burri, Peter Lalish and Dan Molad — is not-so-quietly launching a 2016 takeover all their own. Today, they announce their sophomore LP Good Grief, out March 11 on Mom + Pop, and share the record’s first single + video, “Born Again Teen.”
In the clip, co-founders and vocalists Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig encounter a cast of characters during an Uber-pool adventure around Los Angeles, with the visual closing on the duo cooing into their signature old-school mic, “It’s a feeling, like a born again teen, got a heart beat like we’re only 16.”
“When we started writing for this record, we had been away from home for nearly two years. We had just returned from tour, having gone through such varied emotions—loneliness, sadness and exhaustion alongside excitement, fulfillment and some of the most joyful moments in our lives,” Wolfe says of the new album. “Whenever one of us had an idea or a feeling, the other was already a witness to it and could help navigate through it—for the two of us, this usually came in song form.”
Laessig adds, “When considering titles, we wanted to be sure to acknowledge any serious subject matter, while simultaneously allowing ourselves a comic sigh of relief from any personal turmoil. Ha! The yin and yang of the record naturally unveiled itself and, so, Good Grief.”
Good Grief was produced by Shawn Everett (Alabama Shakes) and Lucius with Bob Ezrin, and mixed by Tom Elmhirst.