Lucy Dacus lives in Richmond, VA, USA. Inspired by the Springsteen records her parents played, she bought an acoustic guitar and taught herself some chords. Perhaps she wanted to be the cool girl at school, a bit like some people would see girl rockers like Avril Lavigne or Anouk. In school she was introduced to the music of Broken Social Scene, Yo La Tengo and Ava Luna, bands that seemingly inspired her.
However, judging from what I hear on this album, Lucy slowly moved towards a rougher sound, leaving the radio-friendliness of some of the earlier mentioned bands behind her. The acoustic guitar was replaced by an electric one, the distortion went up and a solid rhythm section was hired. What remained was her fragile voice over some strong rock music. It certainly is something I'd like to witness live this summer.
If I have to compare Lucy's music to other acts, I wouldn't add Avril Lavigne by the way. No, Lucy has a different sound, one that comes closer to The Breeders, Veruca Salt or even Garbage. Oh, didn't I mention grunge rock yet? Go ahead, put this album in your grunge collection. The single 'I Don't Want To Be Funny Anymore' is a brilliant rocker and so is 'Strange Torpedo'. Mid- to uptempo guitar pop which is pretty irresistible.
Yet, Lucy also knows how to kick out a few nice ballads, like the acoustic 'Trust' or the almost jazzy 'Green Eyes, Red Face'. With the upcoming festivals in mind, I can only recommend checking this album out. This is a breath of fresh air in an overwhelming and often obtrusive rock scene.