Founded in 2005, The Lumineers has become one of the most respected Americana/Folk-Rock bands of their generation. Comprised of singer/guitarist Wesley Schultz and multi-instrumentalist Jeremiah Fraites, the duo began performing in 2002 in New York City under a variety of names before finally settling on The Lumineers in 2005. The band struggled to balance their day jobs and musical career, but after several years, they left the hustle and bustle of NYC and settled in Denver, Colorado. It was there that the duo found their true voice. They had moved on from the cover versions of their early days and connected with an audience with their own unique originals. In order to expand their sound, they recruited cellist Neyla Pekar and, shortly thereafter, things began to happen for The Lumineers.
Signing with Dualtone Records, the group released their self-titled debut album in April 2012. The album reached #2 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart and was an international success, reaching the Top 10 in the UK, Australia, the Netherlands, and Ireland. Both critically and commercially successful, the Lumineers became one of the most popular Americana and Indie Folk bands on the scene. Their second album, CLEOPATRA, was released in 2016 and was another success, reaching #1 in the US and UK. Three years later, they followed that up with their third album, III, which hit #2 in the US and Top 10 in the UK, Canada, and Switzerland. Taking a short break, Wesley Schultz released a solo album of covers – VIGNETTES (2020) – while writing songs for the next Lumineers album. In the meantime, Jeremiah Fraites released the instrumental album PIANO PIANO in 2021. With their solo releases in shops, the duo got back to working on the next Lumineers project…
2022’s BRIGHTSIDE, the group’s fourth album, finds the Lumineers sounding confident while also continuing to explore and experiment. But don’t be scared by the words ‘explore’ and ‘experiment’ make you nervous – this is most definitely a classic Lumineers album. However, there have been a lot of changes in the world since 2019’s III and you can feel that in the music. The atmosphere of BRIGHTSIDE is heavier, darker, and drips with emotion. There’s still plenty of joy to be found – these folks are definitely in love with creating music – but the pandemic has changed everything for all of us. Songs like “A.M. Radio”, “Big Shot”, “Never Really Mine”, “Rollercoaster”, and the title track use the Lumineers’ distinct sound with an additional layer that you ‘feel’ more than hear. With all that being said, this perfectly fits in with the Lumineers’ natural progression and will undoubtedly be yet another timeless gem in their treasure chest. But enjoy it now – it is a gift for the present… so be present for the gift!