Out Now: Lucy Dacus Releases Emotionally Heavy New Album ‘Home Video’ — (Watch Her ‘Kimmel’ Performance)


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Home Video is the title of the new studio album from Lucy Dacus, a raw, reflective and emotionally complex record from the singer/songwriter/member of boygenius alongside Julien Baker and Phoebe Bridgers.

The lyrically deep and personally meaningful songs on Home Video are the result of, per a news release, “the transformative power of vulnerability built on Dacus’ interrogation of her formative years growing up in Richmond, Virginia.”

Take “VBS,” which stands for Vacation Bible School, for example:

“VBS means vacation bible school, and I went to tons of them,” explained Dacus of the song. ” It’s where Christian parents send their kids over the winter, spring, or summer breaks from school to get closer to God, maybe learn some outdoor skills, and bring home useless crafts and totems like fruit of the spirit sand art and purity rings. I wrote the song in the van on the way to Nashville to record Home Video after seeing one of those readerboards outside a church advertising a wholesome church camp for kids. I thought about my first boyfriend, who I met at VBS, the resident bad boy who loved Slayer and weed more than Jesus. I took it upon myself to save him, and make him stop doing drugs (with an exception for snorting nutmeg). God, I was so lame.”

“Brando,” another of the record’s pre-release tracks, finds Dacus telling a tale of relationship issues interspersed with references to classic Hollywood:

You called me cerebral // I didn’t know what you meant // But now I do. Would it have killed you // to call me pretty instead? //I’m in a second story window // and you’re yelling at me “Stella!” // and I’m laughing cause you think you’re Brando but you’ll never come close.”

Dacus and her band played the track on Jimmy Kimmel Live! this week:

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“Please Stay” also happens to be one of the most powerful cuts on the record, and features Bridgers and Baker on background vocals:

Album opener “Hot & Heavy” was among the earliest previews of the record, and its video — Lucy Dacus with a video camera watching scenes from her life play out on the big screen — couldn’t be more on point, given the album title and concept:

“Thumbs,” however, hits especially hard with crushing emotional weight:

I would kill him
if you let me.
I would kill him
quick and easy.
Your nails are digging into my knee.
I don’t know how you keep smiling.

“Like most songs I write, I wasn’t expecting it and it made me feel weird, almost sick,” Lucy Dacus explained of “Thumbs” in a statement. “It tells the story of a day I had with a friend during our freshman year of college, a significant day, but not one that I had thought of for years. I started playing it live a month or so later during the boygenius tour after Phoebe and Julien encouraged me to. I knew I wanted a long time to get used to playing it since it made me feel shaky, so I ended sets with it for about half the shows I played in 2019. Before I played it, I would ask the audience to please not record it, a request that seems to have been respected, which I’m grateful for.”

Listen to Home Video below — but be warned, it’s an engrossing listen from start to finish.

Lucy Dacus will be touring extensively in support of the record. Catch a show:

Lucy Dacus 2021 tour dates: (new dates in bold)
Wed. June 23 – Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheater @
Sat. July 24 – Portland, ME @ Portland House Of Music #
Sun. July 25 – Woodstock, NY @ Colony Woodstock #
Tue. July 27 – Lewiston, NY @ Artpark Amphitheater !
Wed. July 28 – New Haven, CT @ Westville Music Bowl !
Thu. July 29 – Bethlehem, PA @ Levitt Pavilion SteelStacks !
Fri. July 30 – Worcester, MA @ Palladium (Outdoors) !
Sat. July 31 – Queens, NY @ Forest Hills Stadium !
Tue. Aug. 3 – Charlottesville, VA @ Sprint Pavilion !
Wed. Aug. 4 – Raleigh, NC @ Red Hat Amphitheater !
Thu. Aug. 5 – Asheville, NC @ Rabbit Rabbit !
Fri. Aug. 6 – Atlanta, GA @ The Eastern !
Sat. Aug 7 – Atlanta, GA @ The Eastern !
Sun. Aug. 8 – Birmingham, AL @ Sloss Furnace !
Fri. Sept. 10 – Richmond, VA @ The National &^^ – SOLD OUT
Sat. Sept. 11 – Richmond, VA @ The National  &% – SOLD OUT
Mon. Sept. 13 – Saxapahaw, NC @ Haw River Ballroom %
Tue. Sept. 14 – Atlanta, GA @ Terminal West %
Wed. Sept. 15 – Nashville, TN @ Brooklyn Bowl %
Fri. Sept. 17  – Dallas, TX @ Trees %
Sat. Sept. 18 – Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall- Downstairs %
Sun. Sept. 19 – Austin, TX @ Scoot Inn %
Mon. Sept. 20 – San Antonio, TX @ Paper Tiger %
Wed. Sept. 22 – Tucson, AZ @ 191 Toole %
Fri. Sept. 24 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Theatre at Ace Hotel %
Sat. Sept. 25 – Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory OC +
Mon. Sept. 27 – San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore %
Wed. Sept 29 – Seattle, WA @ Neptune Theatre
Thu. Sept. 30 – Vancouver, BC @ Hollywood Theatre $
Fri. Oct. 1 – Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom $ – SOLD OUT
Sat. Oct. 2 – Seattle, WA @ Neptune Theatre $ – SOLD OUT
Mon. Oct 4 – Bozeman, MT @ The Elm $
Tue. Oct. 5 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge $ – SOLD OUT
Wed. Oct. 6 – Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater $ – SOLD OUT
Fri. Oct. 8 – Iowa City, IA @ The Englert Theatre $
Sat. Oct. 9 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue $
Mon. Oct. 11  – Chicago, IL @ The Vic Theatre
Tue. Oct. 12 – Columbus , OH @ Newport Music Hall $
Thu. Oct. 14 – Toronto, ON @ The Opera House $
Fri. Oct. 15 – Montreal, QC @ L’Astral $
Sat. Oct. 16 – Boston, MA @ House of Blues $
Mon. Oct. 18 – Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground $
Wed. Oct. 20 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer ^
Fri. Oct. 22 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club $ – SOLD OUT
Sat. Oct. 23 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club #
Mon. Oct. 25 – Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel – SOLD OUT
Tue. Oct. 26 – Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel
Fri. March 18, 2022 – Leeds, UK @ Brudenell Social CLub
Sun. March 20, 2022 – Glasgow, UK @ St. Lukes
Mon. March 21, 2022 – Dublin, IE @ The Button Factory **
Wed. March 23, 2022 – Manchester, UK @ Gorilla
Thu. March 24, 2022 – Bristol, UK @ SWX
Fri. March 25, 2022 – London, UK @ Kentish Town Forum
Tue. March 29, 2022 – Brussels, BL @ Botanique **
Wed. March 30, 2022 – Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso Noord **
Thu. March 31, 2022 – Cologne, DE @ Artheater **
Sat. April 2, 2022 – Hamburg, DE @ Molotow **
Sun. April 3, 2022 – Copenhagen, DK @ Loppen **
Mon. April 4, 2022 – Aarhus, DK @ Atlas **
Wed. April 6, 2022 – Oslo, NO @ Parkteatret **
Thu. April 7, 2022 – Stockholm, SE @ Nalen Klubb **
Sat. April 9, 2022 – Berlin, DE @ Lido **
Sun. April 10, 2022 – Jena, DE @ Trafo **
Tue. April 12, 2022 – Vienna, AT @ Chelsea **
Wed. April 13, 2022 – Munich, DE @ Milla **
Thu. April 14, 2022 – Zürich, SU @ Bogen F **
Fri. April 15 – Paris, FR @ La Maroquinerie **

%= Bachelor supporting
$ = Bartees Strange supporting
^ = Shamir supporting
#= Laura Stevenson supporting
^^=Thao supporting
&= with Julien Baker
@=supporting Shakey Graves
!=supporting Bright Eyes
+=Miya Folick supporting
**= w/ Fenne Lily supporting


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