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With artists on their way to getting completely priced out of Williamsburg, Ditmas Park is quickly becoming the new epicenter of Brooklyn’s music scene. One of the most recent bands to emerge from the neighborhood is indie-pop quintet Lucius. The group is led by longtime friends Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig, who are known for singing in unison and wearing matching outfits.

amNewYork spoke with Wolfe about the band.

How did you and Holly meet?
We went to school together. We met at a party and connected on our love of old-school soul music and ’60s rock and ’80s melodic music. ... We decided we would do a Beatles cover show, where we would rearrange a bunch of songs from “The White Album.” That never happened, but we started writing music together and never stopped.

How did you wind up living in Ditmas Park?
Holly’s ex-boyfriend was living there. We fell in love with the tree-lined streets and old Victorians. We happened upon this house on Craigslist. Despite the lack of description in the ad, it was a music school and a recording studio 70 or 80 years ago. It had a Steinway piano from the 1920s, a vintage organ and other old pianos. We couldn’t not live there.

Where did the matching outfits come from?
We love to go to a show where there’s something very vivid and visceral and visual. So many people were saying we’re two voices in one. We worked off that idea. … People don’t have patience like they once did. They’re so distracted. To have something that takes you in from the get go by looking at it, they’ll be open to hearing it in a different way.

Where did you get the name Lucius?
From my dead dog. He was an English bulldog. He had one tooth that stuck out. He had a gnarly face that was so gnarly it was almost beautiful. When we named the band he was still alive. Now his legend carries on.

Lucius is at Music Hall of Williamsburg Wednesday at 9 p.m., 66 N. Sixth St., Williamsburg, 718-486-5400, $15.

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