Photo credit – Ronan Park
Lucia & the Best Boys today release the mash-up video from their recent Jack Saunders BBC Radio 1 Maida Vale Session. The killer mash-up features tracks from: Stevie Nicks – ‘Edge Of Seventeen’, Gwen Stefani – ‘What You Waiting For’ and Charli XCX and Christine and the Queens – ‘Gone’. Having previously been tipped as ones to watch for 2020 by Jack on his first show of the year, they joined him at BBC Radio 1’s Maida Vale in February to record an incredible live session. Listen back to the entire session here – https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000f0ck
Watch the ‘Mash-Up’ video
Speaking about it, Lucia says “Our Maida Vale cover is made up of three different songs by three different artists who I believe helped shape pop music in their different generations, who also all brought a lot of inspiration to me at different times. When we were younger everyone had their favourite popstar, mine was Gwen Stefani. To me she had so much originality and stood out from everyone else. I had listened to her back when she was in ’No Doubt’, which I also listened to a lot when I first started properly writing music. I don’t look at ‘What you Waiting for’ as just a great pop song, I think it’s actually pretty powerful and it was really cool to have the chance to make it our own. Stevie Nicks is that one artist who I listen to on repeat, and I have listened to almost everyday for about 3 years. I think her lyrics are so poetic and graceful, but the grit and power in her vocals add so much strength to her music and I have been obsessed with everything she has written ever since the first time I heard ‘Edge Of Seventeen’. ‘Gone’ by Charli XCX and Christine and the Queens is one of my favourite current pop songs as I felt I could relate to the lyrics in my own way. I went to see Charli perform live in Glasgow and was blown away by her energy. She is a really amazing artist to have in the current pop music scene, as it appears she is extremely independent with her creativity and supports so many other female artists. To me is seems that these 4 artists aren’t afraid to be themselves, they’ve pushed boundaries and are completely original, I look up to all of them, and it’s someone like them that I aspire to be for our younger generation.”
Lucia and the Best Boys kicked off 2020 with a double whammy, releasing brand new single ‘City Of Angels’ and a brand new ‘Eternity EP’ on January 31st through Sweet Jane Recordings.
Recorded in LA with producer Carlos De La Garza (Paramore, Wolf Alice, Best Coast), the ‘Eternity EP’ sees Lucia and the Best Boys (formerly LUCIA) dive headfirst into their 80s inspirations – acts like Madonna, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Stevie Nicks, New Order and Human League – while also retaining the fierceness of their 90s grunge, Courtney Love-esque bent. “It’s more aggressive than you would think, when you think of 80s music,” explains Lucia, of the sound on this new EP.
‘Eternity EP’ features; lead single ‘City Of Angels’ – a tour de force that focuses on isolation and the trappings of society, live favourite ‘Flames’ and ‘My God,’ as well as their punchy previous single ‘Good Girls Do Bad Things’ (the accompanying video, directed by Stuart Alexander, sees Lucia ride a horse around the Barrowlands area of Glasgow, as you do!). The equally eye-catching video for ‘City Of Angels’, also directed by Alexander sees front woman Lucia Fairfull raw and up-close as she grapples with her inner demons.
Watch the ‘City Of Angels’
‘Good Girls Do Bad Things’ received multiple BBC Radio 1 plays, was ‘Track of the Week’ on Janice Forsyth’s BBC Radio Scotland show as well as picking up support from the station’s Vic Galloway, Radcliffe & Maconie on BBC 6Music and Radio X’s Jon Kennedy, not to mention Spotify’s New Music Friday UK, The Rock List, All New Rock, Hot New Bands, Student Union, Apple’s Breaking Alternative, Deezer’s Brand New UK, Indie Jukebox, soundtracked fashion brand Nasty Gal’s latest TV ad campaign and featured on Made In Chelsea.
The group marked their latest era with a name change – one that’s reflective of their early work, referencing debut 2017 EP ‘Best Boy’, while also marking a new chapter. The name change also coincided with a line-up change for the Glaswegian band, which is now completed by guitarist Dillon Squire. He joins frontwoman Lucia Fairfull – who is a force to be reckoned with – drummer Alasdair Scott and bass player Chris Frew Ballantyne.
September 2019 Lucia & The Best Boys made their foray into the fashion world with runway performances at the ONOFF show at London Fashion week. Whilst drummer Ally Scott regularly walks for the luxury French fashion wear brand Celine.
Over the past 18 months the band have played hundreds of live dates, supporting the likes of Dream Wife, The Undertones and The Big Moon and industry showcase festivals including SXSW twice! Been name checked as “one to watch” by Wonderland Magazine, “one of the UK’s brightest young bands” – Drowned In Sound, featured in NME’s 100 for 2019, NYLON, The Line Of Best, DIY, DORK, CLASH and many more. Support for their previous singles and EP’s have has come by way of BBC Radio 1 – championed by Huw Stephens – “this is as good as indie gets”, Annie Mac, Jack Saunders, Phil Taggart and BBC Introducing, Radio X, Amazing Radio amongst others. And amassed over 3 million streams.