April is a good month for The Lumineers. In addition to releasing their hotly anticipated eponymous debut, they've got a full schedule of selling-out shows across the U.S. Also, they're this month's Artist to Watch, following their introduction in January as a World Cafe: Next artist. Their open-hearted melodies, simple but raw lyrics, and rousing acoustic folk have earned them comparisons to Mumford and Sons, The Civil Wars, and The Avett Brothers. But The Lumineers have a way of embedding fiery emotion into their music that's all their own. The group itself arose out of the ashes of tragedy (the early death of a brother and friend) and became a vehicle for introspection and catharsis. The result - rollicking, incandescent, and self-reflective - is built on a base of classical training and roots rock experience.
The Lumineers' self-titled debut is already primed for success, given the strength of "Ho Hey", the bluesgrass/country single that requires foot-stomping. The album will also feature a few songs from their EP, as well as new material, like the instant stand-out “Dead Sea”. It's been over two years since The Lumineers released their last EP, and their recent heart-warming SXSW performance also helped push them into the spotlight. Now one of Paste Magazine's Artists to Watch, it's clear that the sky is the limit for this folk trio.
They play Johnny Brenda's on April 24.
Recent Release: The Lumineers
Release Date: April 3, 2012
Label: Dualtone Music Group
Band Origin: Denver