The band tells EW the story behind the title track of their upcoming 10-inch

By Nolan Feeney
September 22, 2016 at 04:10 PM EDT
Peter Larson

While working on what would become their acclaimed 2016 album Good Grief, alt-pop band Lucius found themselves writing songs in an idyllic setting: a cabin in remote Vermont in the middle of winter. “We were eating a lot of cider donuts and drinking mulled wine,” vocalists Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig write in a email to EW.

There was just one problem—the songs weren’t coming. “We were feeling stuck,” they write. “We couldn’t quite get past a certain point, writing about the struggle itself. So we decided to go have a smoke, free write, and see if anything, anything at all came.”

By writing about not writing, they eventually found their way out of their rut. In a moment of “utter annoyance,” they came up with the lyrics “Pulling teeth out one by one, we’re still getting nothing done,” which eventually provided the third verse and the title of a song called “Pulling Teeth.” “Of course it can be interpreted as something deeper,” the band says, “but on a simpler level it was a writers’ tantrum.”

The song wasn’t included on Good Grief this past March, but it is premiering on EW today ahead of its inclusion on the two-track Pulling Teeth Ten Inch, out Nov. 25. (The other song is called “The Punisher.”) “We didn’t necessarily have the plan to release more songs, but we recorded these around the time of the record and for whatever reason felt like they belonged as a set separate from the others,” they write. “A few months ago, we decided casually, ‘Well, now seems good!’ We always want to share as much as we can with our fans. They are songs we are proud of—a bit quirky, like us.”

Catch Lucius on tour this fall:

Sept. 23: New York, NY; Central Park SummerStage

Sept. 28: Mexico City, Mexico; Foro Sol

Sept. 29: Mexico City, Mexico; Foro Sol

Oct. 7-9: Indio, CA; Desert Trip

Oct. 14-16: Indio, CA; Desert Trip

Oct. 26: Buffalo, NY; Asbury Hall at Babeville

Oct. 27: Pittsburgh, PA; Mr. Smalls

Oct 28: Baltimore, MD; Rams Head Live

Oct. 29: Charlottesville, VA; Jefferson Theater

Oct. 31: Louisville, KY; Headliner’s

Nov. 1: Asheville, NC; The Orange Peel

Nov. 2: Nashville, TN; The Cannery Ballroom

Nov. 9: New Orleans, LA; Tipitina’s

Nov. 10: Houston, TX; White Oak Music Hall

Nov. 11: Oklahoma City, OK; Academy of Contemporary Music

Nov. 12: Kansas City, MO; Record Bar

Nov. 14: Boulder, CO; The Fox Theatre

Nov. 15: Park City, UT; Park City Live

Nov. 17: San Francisco, CA; The Fillmore

Nov. 19: Solana Beach, CA; Belly Up Tavern

Nov. 20: Santa Ana, CA; The Observatory

Feb. 4-8: Playa Del Carmen, Mexico; One Big Holiday