• The Lumineers Album Review

    By J. Brown

    In 2011 Paste Magazine named The Lumineers one of the best new bands of the year and at the time the band listed as its goals the following: “Make music that makes you smile, cry and stomp your foot simultaneously. Make music for years with these dear friends of mine. Be proud of our music. Play Letterman and Europe.” Based on listening to this band’s self-titled debut album, which is out April 3rd from Dualtone Records, the Lumineers are well on their way to fulfilling these goals, as this band’s first full-length album is a fantastic continuation of the roots revival that has taken a hold of music fans thanks to heartfelt melodies and soul-stirring songs.

    Their music is rich, earthy, rustic, and epitomizes a heart-on-the-sleeve approach, and their sound has aptly been described as “floor-stomping, instrument-clanging, yell-out-loud goodness.” For the sake of comparison, the Lumineers have a sound that is similar to The Head and the Heart, Mumford & Sons, Branches, Frontier Ruckus, and The Avett Brothers.

    This band is comprised of Wesley Schultz, Jeremiah Fraites, and Neyla Peckarek. They currently count Denver as home and there is an interesting back story to how they came together and eventually became a band. Paste Magazine reports:

    “Schultz and Fraites grew up in the same small town in Ramsey, N.J., but it wasn’t until Fraites’ older brother, also Schultz’s good friend, lost his life to a drug overdose that The Lumineers were formed. After a short stint paying their dues to the New York music scene, on a whim, the two of them decided to uproot to Denver. The first order of business was to place an ad for a cello player. That’s when they found their missing link, the charming Neyla Pekarek.”

    By far one of the best tracks on the album is “Hey Ho,” which almost has the feel of a cathartic gospel song. You can listen to it here:

    The Lumineers: “Ho Hey”

    As a bonus, in mid-February the Lumineers released a free EP called Tracks from the Attic, which is sort of a nice preview of what their debut album offers. For the price of an email, you can grab it below.

    The Lumineers are headed on the road for their Big Parade Tour this March. Catch them in a city near you:
    Fri-Mar-2 – Vail, CO @ Snowball Fest
    Tue-Mar-13-18 – Austin, TX @ SXSW
    Wed-Mar-21 – San Diego, CA @ The Casbah
    Thu-Mar-22 – Los Angeles, CA @ Hotel Café
    Sat-Mar-24 – San Francisco, CA @ Café Du Nord
    Sun-Mar-25 – Santa Cruz, CA @ The Crepe Place
    Thu-Mar-29 – Eugene, OR @ Axe & Fiddle
    Fri-Mar-30 – Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios
    Sat-Mar-31 – Seattle, WA @ Tractor Tavern
    Sun-Apr-01 – Vancouver, BC @ Media Club
    Wed-Apr-04 – Boise, ID @ Neurolux
    Thu-Apr-05 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The State Room
    Fri-Apr-06 – Bellvue, CO @ Misawaka Indoors
    Mon-Apr-09 – Ames, IA @ The Maintenance Shop
    Wed-Apr-11 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry
    Thu-Apr-12 – Madison, WI @ The Frequency
    Fri-Apr-13 – Chicago/Evanston, IL @ SPACE
    Tue-Apr-17 – Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground Lounge
    Wed-Apr-18 – Northampton, MA @ Iron Horse
    Thu-Apr-19 – Fairfield, CT @ StageOne
    Fri-Apr-20 – Berklee, MA @ Café 939
    Sat-Apr-21 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
    Sun-Apr-22 – Vienna, VA @ Jammin’ Java
    Tue-Apr-24 – Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brendas
    Thu-Apr-26 – Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506
    Fri-Apr-27 – Nashville, TN @ The Basement
    Sat-Apr-28 – St. Louis, MO @ Blueberry Hill
    Sun-Apr-29 – Kansas City, MO @ The Riot Room
    Fri-May-11 – Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theatre
    Sun-May-20 – Gulf Shores, AL @ Hangout Fest
    Sat-Jun-2 – Ozark, AR @ Wakarusa

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