Best known for their hits Ho Hey, Stubborn Love, and Submarines, the band’s roots began in the spring of 2005, when childhood friends Wesley Schultz and Jeremiah Fraites began to make music and play gigs together around New York. 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 and headed for Denver, Colorado, where they met classically trained multi-instrumentalist Neyla Pekarek, after placing a Craigslist ad for a cellist.
The American folk rock group The Lumineers will be performing in Manila on July 28, 2014 at the World Trade Center.
As a trio, they began playing at the Meadowlark, a gritty basement club where local songwriters gathered every Tuesday for an open mic. Neyla softened Wes and Jer’s rough edges while expanding her skills to mandolin and piano. And so The Lumineers sound took shape; an amalgam of heart-swelling stomp-and-clap acoustic rock, classic pop, and front-porch folk.
In 2011, an eponymous, self-recorded EP led to a self-booked tour, and before long The Lumineers started attracting devout fans, first across the Western US, then back in their old East Coast stomping grounds. Young, old and in-between, they’re drawn by songs like “Ho Hey” and “Stubborn Love,” Americana-inflected barnburners in the vein of the Avett Brothers and Mumford & Sons. They’re drawn by songs like “Slow it Down” and “Dead Sea,” slow, sultry ballads that suggest the raw revelations of Jeff Buckley and Ryan Adams. They’re drawn by the live Lumineers experience—a coming-together in musical solidarity against isolation, adversity, and despair.
Powered by passion, ripened by hard work, The Lumineers have found their sound when the world needs it most. See them live for the first time in Manila this July.
The Lumineers Live in Manila on July 28, 2014 at the World Trade Center Manila is presented by Midas Promotions.