To say Lucy Dacus has arrived as an indie rock icon at the tender age of 25 is to perhaps underplay her presence. Similar to other young contemporaries, Julien Baker and Phoebe Bridgers, for example, who also happen to be her bandmates in the indie-rock supergroup, boygenius, her songwriting chops convey wisdom. Beyond the diary rock they may appear to be, her songs are witty and emotionally luminous with memorable hooks. She is already a master at integrating classic moves like Joni Mitchell-esque open tunings and Beatles-esque major to minor chord movements.
Five years and two full-length albums removed from her life in rural and suburban Virginia, Dacus has lived a few lifetimes through the roller coaster of frequent touring. Following up a record label feeding frenzy that saw 20 different pitches to re-release her debut album, No Borders, in 2016, she issued 2018’s brilliant follow-up, Historian, to near unanimous acclaim and 2019’s EP of covers, 2019. Live, her plaintive vocals are punctuated by a lean and taut band. The songs range from lazy strummers to vaguely atonal indie textures to all-out distorted crunch-fests.
Biography by Jay Nelson