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The Lumineers

The Lumineers

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Description of the Lumineers' Music:

Singer-songwriter, roots, Americana

Comparisons:

The Lumineers are one of the latest in a long line of Colorado-based Americana bands to shake up the national folk/roots/Americana circuit. Their music has an inkling of similarity to folks like Laura Veirs, Brandi Carlile, and the Head and the Heart, but may also be of interest to fans of more roots-focused newcomers like a melding of David Wax Museum, Mumford & Sons, and the Avett Brothers. They might also pique the interest of fans of Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes and Of Monsters and Men - two other breakout bands who have been utilizing rootsy aesthetic in a similar way.

The Lumineers Lineup:

Wesley Schultz - guitar, vocals
Jeremiah Fraites - drums, percussion, mandolin, vocals
Neyla Pekarek - cello, mandolin, piano, vocals

Recommended Lumineers CDs:

The Lumineers (Dualtone Records, 2012) compare prices

Purchase/Download Lumineers MP3s:

"Ho Hey" (from The Lumineers)
"Flowers in Your Hair" (from The Lumineers)
"Your Perfume" (from Pink)

Biography of the Lumineers:

The Lumineers' story began in a small town in New Jersey, where Jeremiah Fraites and Wesley Schultz were friends. At just 19 years old, Jeremiah's brother Joshua died from a drug overdose - an event which left the two friends reeling for years as they struggled to come to terms with the loss. Separately, they turned to making music before eventually beginning a collaboration a few years later. Amped by the energy they were able to create together, they moved to New York City to make a go of slogging through that city's famous community of starving artists.

Finally, disenchanted with opportunities in Manhattan and frustrated with exorbitant rent prices, the duo packed their belongings and headed for Denver, Colo. They found cellist Neyla Pekarek through a Craigslist ad and started playing around Denver as a trio. Cutting their teeth in local bars and clubs, they eventually gathered enough high-quality songs to cut a demo, which was recorded in the attic at Jeremiah's house. A YouTube clip they posted of them performing "Ho Hey" (purchase/download) caught the eye of a Seattle-based management firm which flew them out to record a full-length album at the famed Bear Creek Studio just outside of Seattle.

The resulting recording presented a creative blend of indie rock energy and traditional rootsy music. Where many of the acoustic breakout bands of the past few years seemed to ride on the strength of either their pop appeal or their instrumental proficiency, the Lumineers were artfully straddling a new line, setting a new bar for breakout folk/Americana bands.

The self-titled disc they made at Bear Creek caught the early ear of hugely influential KEXP DJ John Richards, who added the disc to his playlist on regular rotation. Word spread quickly from there, with local and independent radio stations around the country picking up the song "Ho Hey" for rotation. The track eventually piqued the interest of Dualtone Records, who inked a deal with the young trio and re-released their debut album, titled simply The Lumineers for national audiences in 2012. They hit the road with buzz groups Milk Carton Kids and Pokey LaFarge, earning their way up the ladder in most of the US's largest cities.

In December 2012, the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) announced that the Lumineers were nominated for two Grammy Awards: Best Americana Album and Best New Artist. "Ho Hey" eventually made it to Number 5 on the Billboard chart, earning a platinum certification in both the US and Canada. The Lumineers are hard-core road warriors who will be on tour, heading to Europe and the UK in 2013. Check out their website at thelumineers.com for a full list of tour dates and other information.

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