Sunday, September 30, 2012

Light up your life with The Lumineers!

Name:  The Lumineers
Genre:  Folk Rock
Sounds like:  The Decemberists, Fleet Foxes, Of Monsters and Men, The Avett Brothers

Judging from the large number of holds on their self-titled CD and a sold out show at the Rialto Theatre this past Thursday, it seems that many people are as excited by The Lumineers as I am! One of my favorite new bands, The Lumineers are a folk rock band from Denver whose rapid rise to stardom is underscored by the simple beauty of their songs. As guitarists Jeremiah Fraites stated in an interview earlier in the year, "We're not reinventing the wheel...the ideas themselves are very simple." Those of you looking for blistering guitar solos might try a different band, but anyone who craves songs about hopes and dreams, loss and love, would do well to give this band a listen!


The lead single from the album, "Ho Hey," is an upbeat sing-along that begs for a concert audience to chant, "Ho! Hey!" as lead singer Wesley Schultz recites, "I belong with you, you belong with me." Another fantastic number, "Submarines," rolls forward on a jaunty piano beat, a retelling of the "boy who cried wolf" fable with a modern spin about a submarine attack on an unsuspecting harbor.  My favorite song on the CD, a short story of raw emotion and stark life lessons, is the wonderful I-recorded-this-in-my-garage "Slow it Down." Half a song of forlorn love, half a song explaining the emotion of longing, I always feel a chill creep down my spine when Schultz pleads, "Tie up your scarf real tight, these boys are out for blood tonight."

You can find copies of The Lumineers CD at your local library branch.  Reservations recommended!

-James

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