SUPPORTING DREAM WIFE ON THEIR UK & EUROPEAN TOUR IN APRIL/MAY 2021
With their latest single ‘Perfectly Untrue’ receiving huge amounts of praise from the likes of BBC Radio 1’s Jack Saunders, stating “I’ve rinsed this thing! It’s a haunting pop song”, as well as landing on Spotify’s NMF UK, New Noise (US), The Alt List (US) and the cover of The Rock List (UK, Deezers ‘Brand New UK’ and Apple Music – New Music Daily UK, Breaking Alternative and New In Alternative playlists, Lucia & The Best Boys now return with their highly-anticipated new EP ‘The State Of Things’, out October 9th via Sweet Jane Recordings.
Led up by the newly unveiled single ‘Forever Forget’, the group continue their ascent into the world of bold and captivating pop-rock gems. With strong nods to the power ballad era of the 1980s, this new track teams up with the previous offerings ‘Let Go’ and ‘Perfectly Untrue’ in creating a fresh and succinct collection that heralds a new dawn for the trio.
Speaking about the new cut, front-woman Lucia Fairfull said, “Forever Forget was the second song I wrote on the EP. I had gone away to write this EP to get everything I had to say out of my head, then to go home and draw a line under the way I was feeling as I realised I was dragging myself into the depths of hell a bit! Forever Forget is about the painful and constant reminder you have of how things used to be, and all the ‘What if’s. It speaks similarly to ‘Let Go’ about how it is okay to leave things behind and move forward.”
Following the release of their much-loved EP ‘Eternity’ earlier this year, the new collection includes the previously shared offerings ‘Let Go’ and ‘Perfectly Untrue’, alongside new cuts ‘Forever Forget’ and ‘Somewhere In Heaven’, and sees them deliver a more sombre and atmospheric release throughout. Cinematic in its nature ‘The State Of Things’ is nostalgia-laden and soaked in heartbreak and its production can transport you back to some classic movie moments.
Stepping back from the bold and heavy-handed riffs that dominated their earlier offerings, this new EP captures more of their warm and euphoric intentions with its broad and captivating aesthetic and sees Lucia channel some of the incredible female artists that have influenced her including Stevie Nicks, Kate Bush and Miley Cyrus.
Speaking about the new collection, front-woman Lucia Fairfull said, “To me this EP is like a fairytale, telling a story from a period of time in my life. It has only been since I stepped out of that time that I have managed to understand the different emotions I was feeling, through listening back to it. I think going back and listening to our previous EP’s like ‘Cheap Talk’ shows me I feel more comfortable and open within songwriting than before. It was a challenge to throw myself out my comfort zone at a time where all I wanted was comfort. I decided to get away from distractions, go to L.A. and write and record these songs in a new setting with change of scenery in hope that I could write genuine and transparent songs about my first real experience of heartbreak. Every song on the EP sits in its original demo form, which I feel, makes them more raw and sentimental. I think they will continue to resonate with me in different ways throughout my whole life and will be a constant guide to help me get through strange times, and I hope it can do the same for others. They are my own Great American Songbook in a way I guess!”
With the EP’s initial single ‘Let Go’ dropping back in May, which was recorded in LA alongside Alex Greenwald of Phantom Planet after the band met him at a party after SXSW a few years ago, and ‘Perfectly Untrue’ arriving in September, ‘The State Of Things’ marks a new beginning for Lucia & The Best Boys. With frontwoman Lucia Fairfull offering up more of those bold and passionate vocals throughout their newest release, it shows them exploring more atmospheric tones, and moving away from the gritty and grizzled sound of their earlier work.
The new video for ‘Perfectly Untrue’ was Inspired by the story of Saint Sebastian and directed by Rianne White, showing frontwoman Lucia Fairfull adopting numerous guises in order to create multiple versions that reveal a darker understanding of self, and championing symbolic insights of perceived behaviour. The band have also been working with renowned fashion designer Charles Jeffrey – winner of the British Emerging Talent Award at Fashion Awards 2017 – who dressed Lucia for the video and for their recent press shots in his latest collection LOVERBOY.
Last week Lucia & the Best Boys performed the EP in its entirety for a filmed live session BBC Radio Scotland/ BBC Introducing – the first session recorded at the studio in over 6 months – and were also announced as main support for Dream Wife on their 22-date UK and European tour in April-May 2021. Full list of dates below:
14/4 – Oxford – Bullingdon
15/4 – Birmingham – O2 Institute
16/4 – Leeds – The Wardrobe
17/4 – Manchester – Academy 2
18/4 – Glasgow – St Lukes
20/4 – Norwich – Waterfront
21/4 – Nottingham – Rescue Rooms
22/4 – Cambridge – Portland Arms
24/4 – Brighton – Chalk
25/4 – Portsmouth – Wedgewood Rooms
27/4 – Bristol – SWX
28/4 – London – Electric Ballroom
30/4 – Paris – La Boule Noire
1/5 – Brussels – AB Club
3/5 – Hamburg – Molotow
5/5 – Copenhagen – Loppen
6/5 – Stockholm – Nalen Klubb
7/5 – Oslo – Krosset
8/5 – Malmo – Plan B
10/5 – Berlin – Frank Club
11/5 – Munich – Ampere
12/5 – Nuremberg – Club Stereo
The band’s previous single ‘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.
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. The French fashion house recently featured the band as part of their Instagram lockdown series – ‘Portrait Of A Performer’ to their 2.3 million followers.
Over the past 18 months the band have played hundreds of live dates including; sold out headline dates in London and Glasgow, supported the likes of Dream Wife, The Snuts and Miles Kane and industry showcase festivals including SXSW. 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.
Lucia & the Best Boys are:
Lucia Fairfull – Guitar and lead vocals
Alasdair Scott – Drums
Chris Frew Ballantyne – Bass player