Oftentimes, a band is recommended as being "good," "catchy" or "interesting." But it's not every day that a band is described as one you can't miss. It's a precious buzz most bands can only dream of, and for The Lumineers, it seemingly happened in the blink of an eye.
Luckily, Houstonians won't have to wait to see what all the hype is about. The Denver-based trio hits the stage at Fitzgerald's on Wednesday, May 30.
Following the death of his brother, Jeremy Fraites teamed up with lifelong family friend, Wesley Schultz, to play music in search of solace. But it wasn't until the two left New York for Colorado that their music became a career. After searching for a cellist, they met Neyla Pekarek, and the pieces of their band finally fit comfortably.
With only a handful of self-recorded songs, the trio spent most of 2011 playing shows booked entirely on their own. Eventually, word spread and the music world took notice. In April, The Lumineers released their debut, self-titled effort.
The album features tracks such as "Flowers in Your Hair," which showcases vocal harmonies that float effortlessly over bright acoustic plucking, while soothing cello parts invite you to sway like wheat in the summer breeze. True, their folk-revival sound keeps them in the same realm as Mumford & Sons on "Stubborn Love," but the testing edge of "Big Parade" brings out a tinge of Shout Out Louds.
If you're a Johnny-Come-Lately and have yet to get your tickets, Fitzgerald's just announced that the show has been moved upstairs. Tickets are still only $10; Gregory Alan Isakov is set to open.