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The Lumineers are an American folk rock band based in Denver, Colorado. The core band consists of Wesley Schultz on guitar and lead vocals, Jeremiah Fraites on drums, percussion, mandolin and vocals, and Neyla Pekarek on cello, mandolin, piano, and vocals, with added musicians for tours. Their self-titled debut album was released on Dualtone Records on April 3, 2012, peaking at number 11 on the Billboard 200 chart.
HistorySchultz and Fraites started writing songs together in the Fall of 2005. Originally based in Ramsey, New Jersey, they later relocated to Denver, where they met Pekarek after posting a Craigslist ad for a cellist. In the Spring of 2011, they signed a management deal with Onto Entertainment managers Christen Greene and David Meinert, recorded an album in Seattle at Bear Creek Studio with producer Ryan Hadlock (mixed by Kevin Augunas) and then passed up major label offers to sign a deal with independent label Dualtone, who then licensed the album to Dine Alone Records in Canada, Inertia in Australia, and Decca for the rest of the world.
The Lumineers' popularity continued to build in 2012 with sold-out shows and favorable reviews for their self-titled debut album. The Lumineers was released on April 3, 2012 on Dualtone Records and went on to peak at number 14 on the Billboard 200 chart. As of August 8, 2012, the album was No. 14 on Billboard's Overall Current Chart, No. 1 Folk, No. 2 on the Indie Chart (where it peaked at No. 1 the prior week) and No. 3 on the alternative album chart and No. 10 on the overall digital chart. Of the album's success, Schultz told American Songwriter that "It's really arbitrary to any of us, especially to Jer and Neyla and I... because we've never really had an album out in this way... I'm really thrilled, but I also take it with a grain of salt... I think basically, I feel really lucky because I know how fickle the business, the industry is."
On June 14, 2012, the album's first single "Ho Hey" debuted at number 90 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, their first song to do so. In its second week on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, it jumped from number 90 to number 73. "Ho Hey" later peaked at number 32 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, making it their first Top 40 single, and as of August 8, had sold 505,000 copies. By June 23, "Ho Hey" hit No. 1 at commercial Triple A radio, where it has spent 8 weeks, and was quickly moving up the commercial Alternative radio chart.
The group tours July/August 2012 with Old Crow Medicine Show (supporting their new album Carry Me Back), The Milk Carton Kids, and Pokey LaFarge and the South City Three. The tour visits such cities as: Louisville, Cincinnati, Nashville, Richmond, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, New York,Boston, and Atlanta.
Musical styleFraites emphasizes the simplicity of the group's style . .
"We’re not reinventing the wheel or doing anything that different, the songs are super simple. The ideas themselves are very simple ideas. Anyone who can play an instrument can play a Lumineers song I think there’s a certain cinematic aspect of our music that I really like."
Aren’t they fantastic?! xoxo.