Lux Perpetua

New Lux Perpetua EP Available for Streaming & Download

Since the turn of 2016, Lux Perpetua aka Justin Wolf has been on a monthly EP releasing run. His latest Music for Solipsistic Tendencies meshes frenetic experimental folk with mellower moments of internal contemplation. It’s as if the search party expanded the perimeter, only to realize what they were looking for was too close to originally see. 

   

Lux Perpetua Opening for Divers at Boot & Saddle Dec. 4

Divers are headlining Boot & Saddle this evening before they release the debut album that they've been pushing on Pledge Music. And it will be a solid home performance for South Philly natives Lux Perpetua, who have been marching to the beat of a new drum since the release of Hehbehdehbehbehdeh over the summer. The album that was named for a sound he made while yawning is a bold & beautiful result of a half-decades worth of material that former Extraordinaires member Justin Long had created under the new project. And the addition of Matt Gibson (The Extrordinaires, ex-Man Man)) and Spencer Carrow has elevated the project into a full-fledged power trio that has impressed during live performances. Although the majority of its members call Brooklyn home now, Philadelphia is the second home to Cuddle Magic, where a couple of its members still reside. With what the vibrant indie orchestral folk sextet has been recording in the studio since September, it’s likely that we'll be seeing more of them in 2015. Boot & Saddle, 1131 S. Broad St., 8pm, $10, 21+ - Bill McThrill
 
   

Lux Perpetua Album Release Show at JB’s May 29

Convene this evening to celebrate the release of Hehbehdehbehbehdeh, The long-awaited, years-in-the-making LP from Lux Perpetua the, moniker of Justin Wolf (formerly of The Extraordinaires). The album is being released via Color Theory Records a DIY label/collaboration between Wolf and The Extraordinaires Jay Purdy. (You can learn more about the production of the record and their record label from our interview with Justin Wold earlier in the week HERE.) There is a calculated musical texture that provides a slow-cooked depth to Lux Perpetua’s sound. Amid the jangly hypnotic grooves and vocal harmonies, these calculations tighten up an overall loose, fun sound.  Joining in on the festivities will be the always-entertaining The Extraordinaires, who continually find new ways to musically cross-genre pollinate, creating combinations that surprise and invigorate. The soul-infused rock of Andrew Cedermark will open the show. Johnny Brenda’s 1201 N. Frankford Ave, 8pm, $10, 21+ - Michael Colavita

   

Where Is My Mind?: Lux Perpetua’s Justin Wolf

Former Extraordinaires Justin Wolf has been working on his first full-length album, under the moniker Lux Perpetua, for about half a decade now. Having written and recorded over a hunfred songs and somehow narrowing down the album’s tracklisting to eleven of them, he is finally ready to unveil his “precious” body of work via Color Theory Records, a new label that he has started with The Extraordinaires’ Jay Purdy. We had a chance to chat with Wolf before his upcoming release celebration this Thursday, May 29 at Johnny Brenda’s. Check out what he had to say about the production process of the LP, future plans for his label and band, which now consists of Matt Gibson (The Extraordinaires, ex-Man Man) on bass and Spencer Carrow on drums, his relationship with Mountain Man’s Amelia Meath, and much more HERE! You can also listen to the entire record below.

   

Where Is My Mind?: Lux Perpetua’s Justin Wolf

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Where Is My Mind?: Lux Perpetua's Justin Wolf 

- by Q.D. Tran 

Former Extraordinaires Justin Wolf has been working on his first full-length album, under the moniker Lux Perpetua, for about half a decade now. Having written and recorded over a hunfred songs and somehow narrowing down the album’s tracklisting to eleven of them, he is finally ready to unveil his “precious” body of work via Color Theory Records, a new label that he has started with The Extraordinaires’ Jay Purdy. We had a chance to chat with Wolf before his upcoming release celebration this Thursday, May 29 at Johnny Brenda’s. Check out what he had to say about the production process of the LP, future plans for his label and band, which now consists of Matt Gibson (The Extraordinaires, ex-Man Man) on bass and Spencer Carrow on drums, his relationship with Mountain Man’s Amelia Meath, and much more below!
 
The Deli: I’m guessing that the name of your project Lux Perpetua is some type of homage to the novel with the same name, written by Andrzej Sapkowski. How does that book reflect the music or sound that you are creating?
 
Justin Wolf: Actually, no, I haven't even read that book, though I will attest to its ability to complicate my Google vanity searches. I decided on the name a while back when I found a Lux Perpetua candle in the trash. It struck me as a nice, well-balanced name with a sprinkling of emotional gravitas that I appreciate in other band names. A few people have asked me if we're a religious band because of the use of the phrase in certain prayers, which is not the case but interesting to see the different aspects of the name. 
 
TD: What is the meaning behind the album title Hehbehdehbehbehdeh?
 
JW: The name Hehbehdehbehbehdeh is a weird thing. In all actuality, it started as series of sounds I made when I yawned, and I remember writing down the phonetic spelling and thinking, “That looks like a burp made into letters.” I had a friend who is a linguist, and we started making up fake words to put in songs, and I think the original definition we came up with for Hehbehdehbehbehdeh was something like “a place where a person forgets who they are,” which is way better than the burp.
 
TD: This album took about half a decade to make. What took so long?
 
JW: Many little things. We had a drummer, Phil, who moved away, which set things back. Also, I was pretty obstinate about choosing the correct songs for the flow that I wanted. I checked recently, and I had written and started recording over 100 songs before settling on the ones I wanted, which sounds maybe vaguely impressive, but really what I took away from the whole process was a better sense of how to be less precious and more proactive in getting your work finished. At the end of the day, you have to actually complete your art to move on and grow. Otherwise, you languish.
 
TD: How do you feel that you’ve changed musically while making the record?
 
Hugely! One of the problems in taking your sweet time with a release is it starts to not reflect your current mood. I've always resented the idea that a musician or a band needs to be thinking about the boundaries of their sound - what's successful, what's not, write that hit, appeal to your fan base, etc. I follow my nose when it comes to musical expression, and thus, find myself in a different musical mindset semi-regularly. Right now, I'm exploring and very much aping Joni Mitchell and Jaco Pastorious. I even bought a fretless bass. 
 
TD: You’ve only been an actual band with bassist Matt Gibson and drummer Spencer Carrow for about a year now. What are you starting to pick up on in regards to their musical style and preferences?
 
JW: Matt and Spencer are dramatically influential, to say the least. I'm the straight man in this equation - the Abbott to their Costello, if you will. It's pretty rare to find a rhythm section that's not only a force of nature, but can so easily interpret and represent ideas in the songs, and show restraint when molding them into their final form. We play in my third floor studio, a pretty cramped space with vaulted ceilings, so the intimacy breeds stronger musical communication. We're borderline jazzy at times. Now that this album is out of the way, that's the environment all further musical explorations will stem from. It's pretty heady shit, to say the least. After teaching them the songs on Hehbehdehbehbehdeh and seeing what they can do with them, I really wish we had recorded that record together. Oh well.
 
TD: Mountain Man’s Amelia Meath provides some backup vocals on the album. How did that collaboration come about?
 
JW: I've known Amelia for quite some time now. We met when she was in college at Bennington, and I was but a poor musician testing the dining halls security every time I rolled through. A few years later I ended up playing a last minute show in Brooklyn with Mountain Man, and wow, holy shit were they good. I offered my recording services, and they accepted, so we ended up recording Made The Harbor at my place, which is funny because everyone thinks they recorded that record in an abandoned turn of the century ice cream parlor in upstate New York. More glamorous than a South Philly row home I guess. Anyway, I asked her to sing backup so she heard the songs, came down, and we literally knocked out everything she does on the record in an afternoon. She's an amazingly talented singer and songwriter, so it makes sense, but I was still blown away by how quickly she grasped the songs and delivered all these amazing takes. It was wild. Now she's in a band called Sylvan Esso, and is once again knocking it out of the park. That woman oozes talent; all I had to do was aim a microphone at her. 
 
TD: What helped to inspire this record?
 
JW: That's a tough question. No one particular thing was really a catalyst for it. My state of mind was all over the place during the recording and writing process. I used a reductive technique, sort of flinging as much as I could at the wall and seeing what stuck. When I eventually found the thread, which is a jangly wall-of-sound kind of deal, I did a lot of remixing and post-production stuff to harmonize all the disparate elements. It's pretty disconcerting to go into a project without a grand vision, but what comes out can feel more organic if you give it time - not to sound like a motivational mug or something. I hate those things. I do not condone dancing like no one is watching. You'll most likely trip on something. 
 
TD: You mentioned that the band’s sound is already getting heavier in comparison to what we hear on the album. What should we expect on the next release?
 
JW: I've got this vague idea for an album called Paradise where we make music specifically to drink margaritas to. If that doesn't pan out, I expect we'll go with what we've been rehearsing, which is definitely a heavier sound - more prog-y and repetitive. Again though, anything can happen between now and then. That's the beauty of the whole thing... You can literally write whatever you want if you want to. Sounds obvious, but I think people forget that fact sometimes. 
 
TD: You are releasing the LP via Color Theory Records, a new label that you just started with The Extraordinaires’ Jay Purdy. What are some of your plans to help get it off the ground? What did you learn about running a record label from your time with Punk Rock Payroll?
 
JW: Color Theory is already going so awesomely. Jay and I have been working together in various capacities for almost a decade now, and have both shared the same frustration with the Institution Of Music and its various status quos. We started Color Theory as a way to release our own music by combining forces and sharing the load, and also as a place to help other musicians realize their ideas into reality. One thing that is carrying over from when we were involved with Punk Rock Payroll is the handmade artifact side of it. The next Extraordinaires album is going to be another amazing looking hand made book, and we're developing a few ideas for a Hehbehdehbehbehdeh art release too. It's really amazing and inspiring to work with Jay. He has so much energy and enthusiasm, and it's been a fruitful and extremely helpful coupling as of yet. So far, these two projects have kept us extremely busy, but we have plans to expand the empire, as it were. 
 
TD: Any upcoming tour plans to support this album?
 
JW: Well, more like tour hopes, not yet plans. We need to get a touring vehicle first. Our last van broke down in New York, and I had to get it towed back to Philly at 10pm on a Saturday. The tow truck driver was not pleased with me, to say the least. I believe I interrupted a date with his lady friend. From what I could ascertain from their heated phone conversations on the drive back, she wasn't so pleased with me either. What I really want is one of those Ford Transits. Those things look amazing, like they were made for touring. Anyone reading this who has one should contact me and tell me what they're like. I suspect they rule. 
 
TD: What’s your favorite thing to get at the deli?
 
JW: The pickle bar, if they have it. I will destroy a pickle bar like it’s no one’s business. Late at night, after the patrons have left and the crumbs are swept up, pickles whisper my name in fear. I love pickle bars so much. What an awesome idea. Whoever came up with the pickle bar needs their face on the half dollar or something - just incredible. 

 

 

 

 

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