Spotlight On: The Lumineers

If you are a fan of their music or have never heard of them before, you need to start listening to the Lumineers. Their front-porch, folksy sound has become a staple in so many peoples lives already. They are fairly new, only becoming big within the last year. Their heart on the sleeve, number 1 hit song, Ho Hey, was featured in a Bing commercial , and skyrocketed the musical group to near global recognition, leaving everybody wondering who this band was. Their first album was released April 3rd, 2012 and they have already been able to rock the music world. They have already performed on Saturday Night Live on January 19th, 2013, a very coveted experience to many artists, as well as the Grammy’s where major stars like Taylor Swift, Adele, and Melissa Ethridge (and so many more) sang along to the song in the crowd. Although they walked away empty handed from the Grammy’s, they were still nominated for Best New Artist and Best Americana Album, which is better than nothing in my book!

Click Here to see The Lumineers SNL performance. 

Click Here to see The Lumineers Grammy Performance.

Historically speaking…

From a historical point of view, The Lumineers remind me a lot of the 1960’s Folk trio Peter, Paul, and Mary. Ever heard the song Puff, The Magic Dragon? Yeah, these three recorded that gem. Anyway, the two share a striking comparison mostly because of the dynamic of the two guys and one girl that they have going on. Aside from the gender of the band mates, their physical style is very similar as well. Peter and Paul had facial hair, mustaches and beards, while Mary wore a shoulder length hairstyle. Wesley Schultz, Jeremiah Fraites, and Neyla Pekarek are the three main members of The Lumineers and are strikingly, physically similar to Peter, Paul, and Mary.

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See what I mean?

In their book, Rock and Roll: Its History and Stylistic Development, Joe Stuessy and Scott Lipscomb describe the music of Peter, Paul, and Mary as “not for the teenybopper, but for the older, more thoughtful college student and young adult, who were part of a vigorous, dynamic and youthful new generation” (p.72). Buy their book here. Like that of Peter, Paul, and Mary, the Lumineers music has captured the attention of a similar age range. Not to say that other age groups can’t enjoy their music, it just seems as though college aged, or just out of college aged youths are the band’s main audience. More than just having a similar physical appearance and a similar audience, PP&M and the Lumineers are similar in another respect. Both represent a good balance in the re-revival of the folk genre. Their sound is not as harsh as Mumford & Sons but not as folksy as, say, an Appalachian type folk song. It is soft and honest, and really speaks to the listener.

The Lumineers music is incredibly enjoyable and their website provides different options for how to buy their album. Including the very cool option to buy local from a record store. To visit The Lumineers website, Click Here.

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