Denver band The Lumineers released their self-titled debut album today on Dualtone. The band’s style of emotive, powerful songs has garnered comparisons to Arcade Fire, Edward Sharpe, and Mumford and Sons. The album was produced and mixed by Ryan Hadlock (Foo Fighters, Ra Ra Riot, Metric) at Bear Creek Studios, with additional mixing by Kevin Augunas (The Black Keys, Cold War Kids, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros) at Fairfax Recordings. You can purchase the album at iTunes at http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/the-lumineers/id502683755?ls=1
The band will be supporting the album’s release by making their first national network television appearance this Wednesday, April 4, performing on CBS’ The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.
Not only that, but the album’s first single, the foot-stomping sing-along “Ho Hey,” has the particular distinction of being this week’s iTunes Indie Spotlight
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The band are in the middle of their US tour, following recent sold out shows in Seattle, Portland, two nights in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Santa Cruz. Many of the tour’s remaining dates have already sold out, including Minneapolis, Chicago, Philadelphia, Boston, Denver, Washington DC, and Brooklyn. The band even had to upgrade their Seattle show to a larger venue due to demand, and still ended up selling out the extra tickets in a matter of hours. Due to such high demand, the band has also just added an extra date in Denver. For a full list of remaining tour dates, please see below.
You can listen to the band’s self-titled debut album at the streaming link below:
The band’s shows at SXSW gained them a number of new fans and earned them rave reviews, including Jon Pareles at the New York Times, Greg Kot at the Chicago Tribune, and Todd Martens at LA Times. The LA Times noted of the band’s music, “This is roots rock delivered with Arcade Fire-like grandeur…It’s showmanship, sure, as Lumineers songs are packed with crowd singalongs and call-and-response vocals, but it’s also irresistibly fun.” The Chicago Tribune hailed the band’s “folk-rock bravado.”
The band also recently released their music video for first single “Ho Hey” in a coordinated effort across CMT Pure, CMT.com, MTV.com, VH1.com and mtvU. The video was directed by Ben Fee (Crystal Antlers, Spirit Animal). You can watch the video at CMT at http://www.cmt.com/videos/the-lumineers/735715/ho-hey.jhtml
VH1 recently named the band one of their 6 bands under the radar to watch for 2012.
The Lumineers were formed by Wesley Schultz and Jeremiah Fraites in New York. Their story begins in 2002, the year Jeremiah’s brother and Wesley’s long-time best friend, Josh, died from a drug overdose at 19. Amidst the loss and grief, Wes and Jeremiah came together and found solace in music, writing songs and playing gigs around New York. After battling the city’s cutthroat music scene and impossibly high cost of living, the two decided to expand their horizons. They packed everything they owned and headed for Denver, Colorado, where they met cellist Neyla Pakarek. And so The Lumineers sound took shape; an amalgam of heart-swelling stomp-and-clap acoustic rock, classic pop, and front-porch folk.
Lumineers Tour Dates
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 [SOLD OUT]
Thu-Apr-12 – Madison, WI @ The Frequency
Fri-Apr-13 – Chicago/Evanston, IL @ SPACE [SOLD OUT]
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 [SOLD OUT]
Sat-Apr-21 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg [SOLD OUT]
Sun-Apr-22 – Vienna, VA @ Jammin’ Java [SOLD OUT]
Tue-Apr-24 – Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brendas [SOLD OUT]
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 @ The Bluebird Theatre [SOLD OUT]
Sat-May-12 – Denver, CO @ The Bluebird Theatre [JUST ADDED!]