Lucy Dacus

Boston Calling After Party

Lucy Dacus

Birthing Hips, Lina Tullgren

Fri, May 26, 2017

Doors: 10:00 pm / Show: 10:30 pm

Great Scott

Allston, MA

This event is 21 and over

Tickets available at AXS.COM, or by phone at 855-482-2090. No service charge on tickets purchased in person at the Great Scott box office seven days a week 12PM-1AM, or at The Sinclair Box Office (Cambridge, MA) Wednesdays-Saturdays 12-7PM. Please note: Great Scott box office is cash only.

Lucy Dacus
Lucy Dacus
Lucy Dacus's No Burden is full of surprises -- sharp lyrical observations, playful turns of musical phrase, hooks that'll embed themselves in your frontal lobe for days. But the most surprising thing about this album might be the fact that it's a debut; it has a keen sense of self about it, and it nearly glows from the self-possession held by the woman at its core.

The 21-year-old Dacus grew up in Richmond; she was adopted at a young age, an experience that informed her curious, openhearted songwriting. "When my parents were explaining what adoption was -- which was very early on in my childhood -- they always said that my birthmother thought I was worthwhile even though she couldn't be my mom," she says. "And so from essentially infancy, I was taught that life was innately worthwhile because a bunch of people had worked together to set me up with one.

"Every other philosophy of mine has been built on that foundation," she continues. "Humans want this experience for each other; there has to be some reason why. I seem to always end up trying to write and understand how we can live the most worthwhile life, and therefore how we hold each other up from getting there."

Dacus started playing around Richmond while in college, opening for local acts and eventually meeting Jacob Blizard, a guitarist who invited her to make a record for a college project of his. No Burden, which originally came out in February on the Richmond label EggHunt Records, opens with the forthright, almost brutally honest "I Don't Wanna Be Funny Anymore," the last song Dacus wrote before the album's day-long recording session at Starstruck Studios in Nashville. Dacus delivers scalpel-sharp observations about resisting pigeonholing over chunky guitars, ticking off ideals of femininity and youth until the track's not-quite-resolution.

These themes extend to the lyrics of songs like "Strange Torpedo," a whirling portrait of a friend whose "bunch of bad habits" who, Dacus sings, has "been falling for so long... [and hasn't] hit anything solid yet." "I've been that friend watching a loved one do what they know is bad for them and not understanding why," says Dacus. The song offers a simple message: "'I love you, why don't you love you? You're the one in your body so you get to choose what to do with it, but if I were you I'd treat me differently.'"

The rest of No Burden, which was produced by Collin Pastore, puts Dacus's voice center stage, allowing the glinting poetry of her lyrics to shine even more brightly. "Trust," which Dacus wrote in late 2013, showcases her alone with her guitar, her faint vibrato floating over strummed chords as she sings of self-redemption. And the diptych "Dream State..." and ."..Familiar Place," which revolve around Dacus repeating "Without you, I am surely the last of our kind/ Without you, I am surely the last of my kind," capture disappointment and loss in a jaw-dropping way; the music trembles around her while her voice stays steady, anticipating whatever might come next.

No Burden is a forthright, disarmingly catchy statement. And while it's a sterling debut, it only hints at the potential possessed by this passionate, thoughtful young woman. - Maura Johnston
Birthing Hips
Birthing Hips
Wendy/Andres/Owen/Carrie
Lina Tullgren
Lina Tullgren
Lina Tullgren, the latest Captured Tracks' signee, is a Maine born songwriter with an eye and an ear for darkness. And the light. Sometimes it's quiet, but sometimes it's loud. When you grow up in the trenches of classical music and then, down the line, you learn about traditional fiddle music and old work songs, you can get burnt out on everything after a while. So, then you buy an electric guitar and start to write songs. If you aren't trying to be anything or anyone in particular; the songs that result are in their own way, raw, sincere and unique.

This signing sees a re-release of Lina's cassette Wishlist, an EP that was recorded in October 2015 with childhood musical partner, Ty Ueda. Two years after Lina wrote its opening track, a slow burner rock ballad, "Watchdog," the pair got together and recorded five tracks over the course of a few days on Ty's Tascam 388 at his house in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts. They make a good team: with Ty being a manic perfectionist and Lina something like the opposite of a perfectionist. Because fuck being perfect. They can agree on a love of tape wobble and the integrity of songs that are, at a glance, strangely structured and honest. They're atmospheric and sad, but they're also hopeful. With songs that are never overtly planned, but instead felt and written in a stream of consciousness whenever the mood strikes. It was important to capture the pure energy and feeling of songs that can hit you where you feel, but you might not know it right at that moment. Like when you cry, but you don't know why you're crying. Or, when you smile and someone comes up to you and remarks at your grin and you didn't even know you were grinning. Like that.

In the tight-knit seaside community of southern Maine and seacoast New Hampshire, Lina grew up surrounded by musicians, artists and actors. They all, in their way, encouraged her to develop a voice that was singular, while always educating her about Brian Eno and Nirvana or Maurice Ravel and Gustav Mahler. You learn to hold your own when all of your parents' friends are all doing exactly what you want to do when you grow up. Why would you want to be an astronaut or a college professor or a doctor? It was within this erratic upbringing that she developed her obsessive ear for music, a sponge that hadn't yet found her outlet for the songs she wanted to sing.
Venue Information:
Great Scott
1222 Commonwealth Avenue
Allston, MA, 02134
http://www.greatscottboston.com/