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The Lumineers Biography
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. In December 2012, their debut album was certified gold
It begins in 2001, the year Jeremiah’s brother, Joshua, died from a drug overdose at 19. Amidst the loss and grief, Wes and Jer found solace in music, each on his own and in countless other separate projects. Four years later, in the spring of 2005, the two began to collaborate, writing together and playing gigs around New York. Originally based in Ramsey, New Jersey, they later relocated to New York City.
After battling the city's cutthroat music scene and impossibly high cost of living, the two decided to expand their horizons. They packed everything they owned—nothing more than a couple suitcases of clothes and a trailer full of musical instruments—and headed for Denver, Colorado. It was less a pilgrimage than act of stubborn hopefulness. It was there they met Neyla Pekarek after posting a Craigslist ad for a cellist.
They started to perform shows in small venues like the 100 capacity Meadowlark around Denver, writing songs, and eventually recording several songs in Jer's attic. In the Spring of 2011, they signed a management deal with Onto Entertainment managers Christen Greene and David Meinert, after the two saw a video on YouTube of the band playing their future hit single "Ho Hey" in a small apartment. Onto fronted the band money to record a full length album in Seattle at Bear Creek Studio with producer Ryan Hadlock (mixed in LA by Kevin Augunas at Fairfax Studio).
In December 2011, what would become the band's first single, 'Ho Hey', was used in the season finale of CW's Hart of Dixie. This started a national buzz on social media. In January 2012, John Richards, the morning show DJ at KEXP-FM in Seattle, discovered "Ho Hey" in a pile of new cd's he'd received, played it twice in a row daily for a week, and called it the best song of 2012. WXPN Philadelphia/ NPR then did a feature on the band on their "World Cafe: Next" program.
The band passed up major label offers to sign a unique, very artist-friendly deal with independent label Dualtone Records that same month. The album was then licensed under similar terms to Dine Alone Records in Canada, Inertia in Australia, and Decca Records for the rest of the world. Read more articles on The Lumineers here .
The Lumineers - Ho Hey Video
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