Fresh off the back of a recent US tour, we welcome Lucia to the LauFest family…
With the sweetness of bubblegum pop, the easy swagger of classic college rock, Phil Spector’s widescreen ambition, and the gritty rumblings of the best riot grrrl and grunge, LUCIA have won the hearts of music-lovers, critics and fellow artists with just a couple of EPs and a few years of relentless touring. This is modern rock n’ roll driven by instinct alone and its no wonder LUCIA are known as one of the UK’s brightest young bands…
Who are LUCIA?
From being discovered as a busker on the streets of Glasgow to playing with the likes of Black Honey and The Undertones, their DIY spirit and knack for a dreamwave banger now finds them working with Arctic Monkeys and Florence + The Machine collaborators and coming to a town near you.
“It was through living in Glasgow that all of these opportunities came to me,” says frontwoman Lucia Fairfull of her early dabblings with music. “I was growing up and going through phases of realising what kind of music I wanted to make. All of the things I was experiencing as a teenager made me into who I am now. For a while, I didn’t feel like I was in any kind of scene in Glasgow – but I knew that it was there. Then all of a sudden, I started to write more until I reached ‘Best Boy’ and ‘Lose My Mind’ – which made it onto our first EP. I immediately knew that this was the kind of music that I wanted to be making. That’s what I’d been trying to find the whole time.”
With her muse ignited, she took to the streets. Such a talent couldn’t go unnoticed and this stylish street busker was soon discovered as one of Scotland’s most exciting young talents. Through the tight-knit and symbiotic community of Glasgow’s thriving music scene, she found kindred spirits in Hamish Fingland (guitar), Ally Scott (drums) and Chris Ballantyne (bass), to complete the band. From a shared love of punk, grunge and classic pop, a friendship blossomed, and LUCIA’s diverse sound was born.
Female-Fronted Bands Dominate LauFest Lineup
“It’s said a lot that there aren’t a lot of female-fronted bands headlining festivals, but we are out there”, says LUCIA. “I find it really empowering when I see female musicians. I know that the industry can be quite hard on a female. When you see a female frontperson with energy and their own thing, that really inspires you.”
“What I feel really good about is that nothing we do sounds the same, but it still feels like us,” says Lucia of their chemistry and energy. “When I write something, I just accept it for what it is – whether it’s disco, grunge or pop. Our songs have all got a flavour of who we are in them. People don’t know what’s coming next.”
With the likes of BBC Introducing, NYLON, DIY Magazine, Dork, The Line Of Best Fit and beyond falling for LUCIA’s riotous live shows and the latest single Blueheart proving there is a darker more angst driven side to the band, whilst their previous single Summertime, is by contrast a breezy singalong pop anthem, which we think is perfect for our LauFest crowd! As the band explain:
“People are going to get a surprise when they hear new music because we have stepped things up further now,” says Lucia. “The new single is a proper summer track. It’s simple, classic and upbeat. It’s the most dreamy song on the EP for drinking in the park (Ed: Or on a cliff edge festival!) with your pals.”
See LUCIA play LauFest on Friday night. Don’t miss out…get your tickets now