Indie rock singer-songwriter Lucy Dacus has released the emotionally devastating track, ‘Thumbs’, as her first single for 2021.

Lucas Dacus’ emotionally-driven single, ‘Thumbs’, first made its debut live back in 2018.

The track is hailed as a fan favorite, with Dacus’ fanbase going so far as to create a dedicated Twitter account demanding she release the song.

Prior to the official release, Dacus surprised 100 fans, randomly selected, with a VHS tape recording of the song.

‘Thumbs’ exemplifies Dacus’ profound storytelling through song. The song was written during a 15 minute car ride to dinner in Nashville.

Dacus says,

“Like most songs I write, I wasn’t expecting it and it made me feel weird, almost sick. It tells the story of a day I had with a friend during our freshman year of college, a significant day, but not one that I had thought of for years. I started playing it live a month or so later during the boygenius tour after Phoebe and Julien encouraged me to. I knew I wanted a long time to get used to playing it since it made me feel shaky, so I ended sets with it for about half the shows I played in 2019. Before I played it, I would ask the audience to please not record it, a request that seems to have been respected, which I’m grateful for.“

Listen to Lucy Dacus via Spotify.

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