ABOUT LUCY DACUS
Singer-songwriter and producer Lucy Dacus grew up in Richmond, Virginia, and graduated from Maggie L. Walker Governor's School in 2013. She briefly studied film at Virginia Commonwealth University but decided to leave school and return home. Once she had moved back, she enjoyed a prolific period of songwriting, where she wrote approximately 30 songs in a short time.
She currently resides in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and is a member of the indie-rock trio Boygenius with Phoebe Bridgers and Julien Baker.
2015-2016: Beginnings and No Burden
Dacus’ hometown friend, Berklee College of Music graduate Collin Pastore, invited her to an open day at Starstruck Studio in Nashville in 2015. She brought her hastily assembled band, consisting of guitarist and Oberlin Conservatory of Music graduate Jacob Blizard, bass player Christine Moad, and drummer Hayden Cotcher, and there they recorded her debut album, No Burden, in one day. The album was released on February 26, 2016 by EggHunt Records, then subsequently re-released on September 9, 2016 by Matador Records. It features the singles “I Don’t Wanna Be Funny Anymore” and “Strange Torpedo”. In the summer of 2016, she performed at Lollapalooza, in Chicago's Grant Park, made her national television debut on CBS This Morning, and recorded a Tiny Desk Concert for NPR. That October, she replaced Duke Spirit at London Calling festival in Amsterdam when the band was forced to cancel.
Historian, Dacus’ critically acclaimed second album, was released on March 2, 2018. The album made 40 Top/Best Albums of 2018/the Decade lists. Rolling Stone rated the album 4/5 stars, as did NME. The album was preceded by the single "Night Shift", which was praised by Layla Halabian of The Fader as "One of the great breakup songs of all time" and in 2019, the song was picked by NPR listeners as one of the top 25 songs of the decade. Later that year, Dacus formed Boygenius with Baker and Bridgers. Boygenius released its debut EP in October 2018 and then the three performers joined each other in a three-way co-headlining tour.
2019-present: Home Video
Coinciding with Valentine's Day 2019, Dacus released a cover of Edith Piaf’s "La Vie en rose".
"Thumbs" was released as the lead single from Dacus’ upcoming third studio album on March 9, 2021. This was followed by the second single for the album, "Hot & Heavy", on April 13. The album, Home Video, was released on June 25, 2021. Its next singles were "VBS", "Brando", and "Going Going Gone".