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"Mid Point Music Festival -City Beat"

Lucia Lie

(Boston) Post Rock

An artful mix of reverbed and crunchy guitar, electric cello and sample fun, LL's dynamic sound gives them great crossover potential into Emo, Shoegaze and Hardcore. With two ambitious self-released albums under their belt, they are poised to make some waves nationally. Local bonus: Cellist Lorena Ruiz grew up in Cincy and attended SCPA before going to Berklee.

Dig it: Story of the Year, Galaxie 500, Coheed & Cambria
-Ezra Waller - Cincinnati City Beat

"I'll Wake You In The Morning"

If it were possible for sounds and words to burst from invisible waves into representative forms, as people, this is who I imagine Lucia Lie would be:

Lucia Lie would have a face that would be scarred by life; skin as tough as leather, hands as rough as bark, with yellow finger tips from all the years of rolling and smoking his own cigarettes and thin, uncombed hair, wiry and charcoal-grey. He’d wear dark flannel button-up shirts, with breast pockets to hold his cigarettes and lighter, tough, faded, but still dark jeans and very worn-in workers boots that are starting to wear thin near the ball of his right big toe. He would have been just released from serving several years in prison for a crime that he doesn’t care about committing.

Bitter and lonely, he finds a guitar and makes music in a damp, brick-walled alley where he expresses the reasons that he committed his crime…the reasons that no one has ever taken the time to listen to. But because he is finally voicing these past hurts and current pains, he finds himself becoming more sensitive to them and he finds love for the first time. The music becomes the ear he never had to speak into. When he finally discovers love, he starts seeing it other places and now is focused on looking for it, wherever it may be…

Yeah, that is what I see when I listen to Lucia Lie’s latest, ‘I’ll Wake You in the Morning.’ Their music is very emotional, provoking and imaginative. It is not lazy or contrived, but very natural and heartfelt.

Some songs seem to be angry, heavy metal in slow motion and others are just simple acoustic expressions. It is very easy to come up with your own pictures when listening to these songs. The recording quality is good, though a little bland at times. It isn’t too distracting, nor is it imperative for what they are doing, though they do not lack, as far as production goes.

The music reads like a book and the cello player really helps it come across that way. She plays very tastefully and makes many of the songs. The singer’s voice plays like an instrument, for the most part, although, many times, it stands out for trying a little too hard and sounding too angry for how the song sounds and the lyrics seem to follow that trend, as well. The songs are much more accessible when he takes a less dramatic way of voicing his lyrics and it also leaves more room for the listeners to interpret the lyrics for themselves.

Their music is put together well and is not thoughtless. The best song in the recording, in my opinion, is ‘Car Crash’. It is very melodic and the whole band plays together very well, for the benefit of the song. It is the kind of song that I will listen to again and again. It also shows what this band is even more capable of. With time, more experience and constraint, Lucia Lie is going to be making important music.

Favorite Tracks:
#3 – Car Crash, #6 – Green Fairy,
#7 – Straight Faced, #9 - Lauren

Genre: Modern/Hard Rock
Released: 2003 - South of Mainstream


Lucia Lie is a talented band just oozing with potential. Rob Connolly’s talents are the central focus of their new album I’ll Wake You In The Morning. Connolly goes from relaxed to frantic all in one song. He has a good set of pipes, but when he pushes too hard, his emotionally drenched inflections sound off key. On the other hand, it could very well be the way it should sound in order to match the frenetic pace of the music.

The outlook and atmosphere of the music finds a cello placed at various points within the songs to throw of the symmetry of the mood. The cello is a soothing yet eerie instrument that sets you up for something to happen much in the same way a suspenseful movie does, and if used properly it can heighten a powerfully built rock song to give the lyrics an impact that would be otherwise missing.

“Nadi” paints a picture of beautiful noise, and it is probably the best example of their approach. They create a barrage of sound with guitars provided by Connolly and a rumbling rhythm section of Blaise Lanzetta (drums) and Stephen Yonkin (bass). Lorena Ruiz adds the cello to circumvent all of that energy abruptly, and then it all comes swooping down again. The band really shows all its strength and sheer power when they they cut loose with emotionally pure lyrics coupled with the music to fit the story they are telling.

If you are like me and have a tendency to lean towards hard rocking music filled with emotion and boundless energy this CD will turn on that internal switch as if it were hard wired to your soul. - Keith "Muzikman" Hannaleck

"Get Underground"

“To say that ‘I’ll Wake You In The Morning’ is evocative is an understatement…Lucia Lie deftly wield big guitars, a punchy groove, and cello to make music that will ring true upon first listen.” -

" Music From Everywhere"

Rob Connolly is a Berklee College student who has recorded a low-key yet very impressive debut CD with his band Lucia Lie. Core members Connolly and cellist Lorena Ruiz have taken Nirvana's 'Unplugged In New York' as their musical template, and it's a sonic recipe that is both new and reassuringly familiar.

But using Nirvana as a jumping-off point has been used by many bands with varying degrees off success, and the songwriting more often than not tells the tale. Let me assure you that while Kurt is probably Connolly's hero, he's not re-writing Nirvana songs here. 'Car Crash' and 'Emily' sport confident melodies, and the spare arrangements would expose a sub-par song within seconds. Again, no worries - Lucia Lie's tales of loneliness and separation would thrive in any musical setting, and it almost seems that the more spare the band gets, the more power is revealed in the songs.

And while a largely acoustic lineup conjures the impression of terminally mellow, it's another preconception that Lucia Lie cheerfully blows away. They might be low-key, but songs like 'Just A Dream' still rock - matter of fact, 'Just A Dream' wouldn't sound the least bit out of place on modern rock radio. Lucia Lie come up shining on thier debut, already revealing a wealth of emotion and a deft hand with songcraft. With a debut this strong, you have to wonder how good they're going to be by the time they graduate. - Blah3 Music

"Cincinnati City Beat"

Somebody's been listening to the sounds emanating from Saddle Creek Records in Omaha, Neb. Like Bright Eyes, Cursive and others of that much-hyped epicenter of jagged, emotionally-driven Rock, Boston's Lucia Lie treads equally earnest terrain. So it's no surprise to see the band recruit Saddle Creek veteran A.J. Mogis to engineer their first full-length, the self-released I'll Wake You in the Morning. The opening track, "A Night on the Move (Lucia)," cranks up the drama immediately, as frontman/guitarist Rob Connolly sings of empty wine bottles, broken picture frames and his aversion to walking alone with convincing -- though sometimes overwrought -- conviction. Musically, the quartet -- which also includes bassist Stephen Yorkin, drummer Blaise Lanzetta and cellist Lorena Ruiz (a Cincinnati native and SCPA grad) -- is just as convincing, shifting from the driving rhythms and bombastic guitar of "For Love of the Bomb (Oh Holy Night)" to the narcotic, acoustic-based "Green Fairy" with dynamic flair. Expect similar explorations in dynamics from the band's "The Girls Don't Drive Tour" with fellow New Englanders, The Quitters, which makes a pit stop at Sudsy Malone's on Tuesday. And no sidewalk gawking this time: The windows are sure to steam up quick on this one. (Jason Gargano) - Lucia Lie @ Sudsy Malones

"Internet review"

Lucia Lie; I’ll Wake You In The Morning
Boston-based Lucia Lie are a combination of quite a lot of things the guitar-driven rock-scene has given birth to over the past ten years or more. Mostly when this happens the result sucks, but Lucia Lie is quite impressive for an unsigned act doing this sort of thing. And Lucia Lie, just so you know, that cello works wonders. Hot or Not? Hot.
- geocities


Downside EP - 2007
Sad Mister Mooney and Other Tall Tales - 2007
I'll Wake You In The Morning - 2003
Lucia Lie EP - 2002



Since 2002, Lucia Lie has at its core been composed of singer and guitarist Rob Connolly and cellist Lorena Ruiz. The pair met while students at the Berklee College of Music in Boston; they recorded their first (self-titled) EP late at night in their dorm rooms. While the self-released EP was (unsurprisingly) a small budget production, it was well-received by critics, “Lucia Lie's tales of loneliness and separation thrive…it almost seems that the more spare the band gets, the more power is revealed in the songs.”(Blah3 Music)

Encouraged by the success of their first release, Lucia Lie immediately began work on their first full-length, 2003’s I’ll Wake You in the Morning. Produced by AJ Mogis (Cursive, Get Up Kids, Criteria) and recorded at Presto! Studios, I’ll Wake You in the Morning showcased Lucia Lie’s strengths. On the album, Connolly’s voice is by turns acidic and reassuring, his lyrics vivid yet personal. Ruiz’ cello compliments the sound of the band perfectly, whether on the driving rocker “Nadi” or on the gentle acoustic “Lauren.” "To say that 'I'll Wake You in the Morning' is evocative is an understatement…Lucia Lie deftly wield big guitars, a punchy groove, and cello to make music that will ring true upon first listen."(

Following the release of I’ll Wake You in the Morning, Lucia Lie toured incessantly throughout 2004 and 2005, burning through backing members and tour vans almost as quickly as they did through American cities. Though the road is tough on a young band, Lucia Lie ultimately prevailed, with Connolly and Ruiz proving themselves to be unstoppable both creatively and professionally. In these tours they played with The Receiving End of Sirens (Triple Crown), Four Letter Lie (Victory), The Tossers (Victory), Vanna (Epitaph), Bishop Allen (Dead Oceans), Via Audio (Sidecho), Apollo Sunshine (spinART), and hundreds more. Following their US tour, they spent time touring in Ruiz’ native Brazil, where they also recorded their third album, Sad Mister Mooney and Other Tall Tales with producer Andre Moraes (Sepultura). Revisiting some of the best songs from their past and also presenting for the first time some of their strongest live material, Sad Mister Mooney…proves Lucia Lie’s strengths as a post-hardcore rock outfit, one which walks the impossibly thin line between the frenetic energy of bands like Fugazi while maintaining a lyrical and musical subtlety that one more often sees from bands like the Smashing Pumpkins.

Now, in 2007, Lucia Lie are touring again, this time behind the release of their latest EP, Downside, which features a brashly eclectic new sound and as always, Connolly’s thought-provoking lyrics. When they’re not on the road, Rob and Lorena spend their time in upstate NY, recording in Connolly’s studio, Convergence Recordings, making jewelry (Lorena sells custom-made pieces at the band’s shows), and working on material for their side-project, the alt-country Little Lucy. A new, as-yet untitled Lucia Lie full-length is slated for release in 2008.