With a non-stop touring schedule and a series of addictive singles, LUCIA have been capturing hearts wdistilsund that distills the influence of bubble gum pop, grunge, widescreen glam pop and riot grrl and infuses it with hooks and the memorable vocals of Lucia Fairfull. Recent single ‘Blueheart’ is typical all tumbling percussion, sighing backings, shimmering guitar licks and vocals that drip with the betrayal of a toxic relationship. This is a stonking tune, with a killer chorus hook that drips with ambition.
We caught up with Lucia to get to know her band a little better…
Hi, how are you today?
How did you meet?
At a salsa dancing class
What was the first song you ever wrote?
It was called ‘Let Go’ and and I haven’t listened to it in a long time.
What was it like?
It consisted of the four most simple chords and some cheesy lyrics about not wanting to let go of someone.
What was the first thing you released?
The Best Boy EP. It came out around three years ago and was was recorded in Hamish’s (guitarist) bedroom. We still play some of the songs from that EP live.
How would you describe your sound in five words?
Crunchie, grungy, dreamy and creamy
I love your new single Blueheart, what inspired it?! It’s got such a great hook is that what you were aiming for?
I wrote it for one of my friends who was caught up in a bad relationship. I guess everyone wants their songs to have a catch but I was just writing it for her and then I realised it was alright!
It was produced by Jim Abbiss (Arctic Monkeys, Adele) and mixed by Charlie Holmes and Mark “Spike” Stent (Beyonce, Ed Sheeran, Muse, Arcade Fire, Florence, Lady Gaga), what did they bring to the recording process?
They brought it to life in its best form, and are all wonderful people!
What’s the music scene like back home?
The music scene in Glasgow is so inspiring and big, but also small because we are all so close. It’s such a thriving environment to be around and it’s what inspires me most.
Which artists do you admire?
Hole, Stevie Nicks, Iggy Pop, Cherry Glazerr, Lana Del Rey
What would be your dream collaboration?
Courtney Love and Stevie Nicks
What are your views on sexism in the music industry?
I’ve realised it more now than I ever have before because I’ve been experiencing it, but at the same time I think there is such a strong group of females in the industry around us all and not just musicians. We all have a huge connection and we’re going to make big changes.
Are you working on any new songs with a view to releasing an album?
We have been writing lots of new songs, and will be giving more soon! Lots of experimenting has been going on and I’m enjoying trying different things outside of what we usually do.
What’s the best band you have played with so far?
We played All points east last year which had Patti Smith and Nick Cave headlining which was pretty amazing. We listen to there music in the van all the time and they are two artists who have a big impact on all of us. We also love playing with our friends bands like Dream Wife, Honeyblood, Whenyoung, and The Ninth Wave.
Are you playing any shows/festivals this summer?
Yes! We are playing so many good festivals including Y Not, Truck, Deer Shed, Hit The North, and one of our favourites…Latitude!
Thanks for your time!
LUCIA forthcoming dates
03/05/2019 Club Achtung! Q-Factory, Amsterdam, Netherlands
05/05/2019 Hit the North, Newcastle, UK (LUCIA)
10/05/2019 The Great Escape, Brighton, UK
21/05/2019 Hopscotch, Sebright Arms, London, UK
26/05/2019 Bearded Theory Festival, Derbyshire, UK
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