Since the pandemic, NPR’s Tiny Desk (Home) concerts have taken all sorts of forms. But Lucy Dacus took us back to her high school in Richmond, Virginia, where she went with two members of her band, guitarist Jacob Blizard and sound engineer Collin Pastore.
The band played four songs from Dacus’ recently released album, Home video: “Brando”, “VBS” (which stands for Vacation Bible School), “Going Going Gone” and then “Thumbs”.
“Going Going Gone” offered a mixture of not two, not three, but four acoustic guitars in unison, creating a wall of sound. Quiet backup vocals from band members make it come closer to studio recording Home video. The keys give the melody a lighter feel and combat the heavy lyrics about the “cycle from innocence to corruption to fear,” as she said Pitchfork.
For their last song, Dacus left the band to play “Thumbs” solo. She warned viewers that “it might be hard to hear,” she sang about murdering, or at least fantasizing about, the estranged father of a real friend. It is a story of wistful vengeance and deep resentment against the person who constantly hurts a loved one.
She finished her set with minimal words – just “okay, enough of that” and clearly felt the emotions of her.
Check out the full concert below: