Bands are no different than people. They evolve, expand their dynamic and, in some cases, can transform themselves into a largely different entity in a matter of years.
So those following the two-album journey of the Holly Laessig and Jess Wolfe-fronted quintet Lucius — due to appear inside Asbury Hall at Babeville at 8 p.m. Oct. 26 — shouldn’t be floored by the band’s transition from more conventional, guitar-geared alt-pop on 2014’s “Wildewoman” to the steady stream of synth-accented cuts lining this year’s “Good Grief.”
Yes, going from supporting slots for Jeff Tweedy and the Head and the Heart to creating work reminiscent early '80s Prince or The Eurythmics seems jarring on paper. But those familiar with the vocal flourishes capable from Berklee College of Music-trained Laessig and Wolfe can hear this transition as seamless. Whether gentle aside acoustic accompaniment on “Two of Us on the Run” or bold aside the pop of a drum machine on “Almost Makes Me Wish for Rain,” the duo commands and entrances — regardless of what genre it is assigned to inhabit.
The Cactus Blossoms opens the show. Doors are at 7 p.m. at Asbury Hall in Babeville (341 Delaware Ave.). Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 day of show (box office, ticketweb.com).