From tragedy comes strength
The Lumineers, a dynamic trio that are sure to be spinning in your mix shortly, are out with their self titled debut. Wesley Schultz, Jerimiah Fraites and Neyla Pekarek combine foot stomping, roosty instrumentals into an immediately captivating debut that will leave you aching for more.
The rawness and purity of the band comes on the heels of tragedy turned into destiny after a drug overdose took the life of brother and best friend Josh Fraites at 19 in 2002. Amidt the loss and grief, Wes and Jeremiah found solace in music. Making their way from Ramsey, New Jersey to Denver, the two put up Craiglist ad for cellist and fate brought them their missing puzzle piece in Neyla Pekarek.
The Lumineers have packed a mighty punch, especially with the runaway hit of “Ho Hey,” bringing seemingly ever instrument for a popup shop style musical performance including down home tambourine punching two minutes. The album also carry’s the piano heavy “Submarines,” while “Slow It Down,” highlights Schultz’s vocals and the innocence of the three together.
With sultry ballads, jingle jangles and hand claps upon foot stomps, The Lumineers seem to have found their strength and home in the simplicity of who they are. There’s nothing better than that.