The Lumineers – Ho Hey

The Lumineers – Ho Hey

The Lumineers - Ho Hey

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” 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.                                                                                                      Read More:

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