ACL Music Fest 2014 Saturday Interviews

5:30pm, Austin Ventures stage

ACL Music Fest 2014 Saturday Interviews

Lucius

Dan Molad's going to call any minute, but his inquisitor's running late. Fortunately, the Lucius drummer is chill.

"I'm just lying in the back of a van right now," he drawls. "I wish I were in Austin, swimming in Barton Springs."

We hang up, but reconnecting 10 minutes later, he explains that he and his four bandmates are en route to Denver via Los Angeles, a 17-hour drive at the tail end of a globe-trotting summer tour in support of Wildewoman, the Brooklyn quintet's year-old indie-pop debut. By the time 2014 draws to a close, the band will have spent 300 days on the road.

"It's one of the least creative parts of [the whole process]," he sighs.

Such is the price of success. Wildewoman remains a revelation, the frisson of doo-wop/girl-group harmonies delivered by matchy-matchy frontwomen Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig. The women are backed thunderously by Molad and guitarists Peter Lalish and Andrew Burri, who also dress alike and often look like purveyors of artisanal pickles, depending on how recently everyone has shaved. The energy from both the platter and the stage pulsates palpable and infectious. It's no mystery why the band's been in such high demand this year, starting in March at South by Southwest.

Where does that leave Molad's cherished dip in Barton Springs? 

"I will find a way," he insists. "If I have to miss our set, I don't care. I only play two drums. It's not that hard, I can find someone to do it."

A note to readers: Bold and uncensored, The Austin Chronicle has been Austin’s independent news source for almost 40 years, expressing the community’s political and environmental concerns and supporting its active cultural scene. Now more than ever, we need your support to continue supplying Austin with independent, free press. If real news is important to you, please consider making a donation of $5, $10 or whatever you can afford, to help keep our journalism on stands.

Support the Chronicle  

READ MORE
More Lucius
SXSW 2014 Records
Lucius
Wildewoman (Record Review)

Raoul Hernandez, March 14, 2014

More by Melanie Haupt
Desert Door Distillery Rolls Out Large Hand Sanitizer Production
Desert Door Distillery Rolls Out Large Hand Sanitizer Production
Local sotol makers offer the critical commodity free of cost

March 20, 2020

Tibetan Dumplings Shine at Yak & Yeti in Cedar Park
Tibetan Dumplings Shine at Yak & Yeti in Cedar Park
Dishes for sharing (or not) at this tiny Nepalese restaurant

Feb. 14, 2020

KEYWORDS FOR THIS STORY

Lucius, ACL Fest 2014

MORE IN THE ARCHIVES
NEWSLETTERS
One click gets you all the newsletters listed below

Breaking news, arts coverage, and daily events

Can't keep up with happenings around town? We can help.

Austin's queerest news and events

New recipes and food news delivered Mondays

All questions answered (satisfaction not guaranteed)

Information is power. Support the free press, so we can support Austin.   Support the Chronicle