A potent aspect of creative communities is that they catalyze a sense of togetherness. They yield the power to bring likeminded people with similar aspirations together, and that can often serve as the blueprints for the formation of an endlessly skillful artistic entity.
This is how Chicago band Lucille Furs materialized.
“Two of us met through school but we all ended up hanging out at Wally’s World, a house venue that has since been shut down,” the band said.
Since their formation, Lucille Furs (composed of Patrick Tsotsos, Nick Dehmlow, Brendan Peleo-Lazar, Trevor Newton Pritchett, and Constantine Hastalis) has cultivated an impressive body of musical work. “Does It Matter To You” displays rhythmic fluidity as well as lyrical realism that taps into the epicenter of human emotion. The chorus is insatiably addictive to the ear, showcasing vocal work that is the perfect mixture of tonal etherealism and skill. Moreover, the track contains a number of subtle sonic influences that, together, amount to great potency. Of a similar vein is “Baby Blaise,” a track that contains an intoxicating musical interplay between each and every instrument. The finely calibrated track exudes groove, and contains a nostalgic feel that is still very much modern and very much their own. The track, like the rest of Lucille Furs’ music, is rich with innovation and intelligently composed.
Listeners are only in store for more.
“After writing new songs together we’re finally ready to release our first record,” the band said. “It used to take a long time from writing a song and introducing at rehearsal until we felt comfortable enough to play it live. But now that we just finished our first record, we’re already back in the studio recording our second album.”
The band’s ability to encapsulate aspects of the human experience through song so effortlessly could perhaps be a result of their attentiveness to the people and world around them. When asked what moves them to create, the band simply cited “people watching.”
Lucille Furs’ energized, psychedelic sound correlates with the artists whose work they enjoy, as they said that The Kinks and the Syd Barrett installment of Pink Floyd would be among the headliners if they could curate the music festival of their dreams. In fact, it is a nexus of the band’s strong lyrical abilities and sonic inspirations that managed to catch the ear of listeners across the pond.
“After our show at Moth Club in London, this guy in the audience recognised that we had borrowed some characters from a Kinks song in one of ours. He may have thought we were trying to sneak it passed everyone, but we were touched that he thought the lyrics were compelling enough to listen to them,” the band said.
The adrenalized hub of creativity that is Chicago’s music scene makes for a sprawling city to feel like the size of merely a block or two, but even so, Lucille Furs is still able to seamlessly distinguish themselves in a city that is saturated with musical talent. Their music contains a wholly unique, sonically mesmerizing element that cannot help but generate a feeling of connectivity between the listener and the work. The wealth of innovation in their music undeniably classifies Lucille Furs as skilled artistic craftsmen, and it is this creative tenacity that will undeniably serve the band exceptionally well in the future.
As for what’s in store for Lucille Furs: “We just received the prints for our cover art by John Zabawa and test pressings for the vinyl. They are currently being pressed set to be released by the end of August.”
Be sure to mark your calendars for this one.