The Lumineers Biography
The origin of The Lumineers can be traced to 2002, in Ramsey, New Jersey USA; that year Jeremiah Fraites' brother, Josh, died from a drug overdose at 19. Amidst the loss and grief, Wesley Schultz on vocals + guitar & piano and Jeremiah Fraites on drums found solace in music, writing songs and playing gigs around New York. After battling the city's cutthroat music scene and impossibly high cost of living, the two childhood friends decided to expand their horizons and headed for Denver. The first thing they did in Colorado was place a craigslist ad for a cellist and the first person to respond was Neyla Pekarek, a classically trained Denver native.
As a trio, they began playing in a local club, Neyla Pekarek softened Schultz and Fraites'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, Folk and Pop.
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 U.S. then back in their old East Coast stamping grounds.
In April 2012 the trio released their first full-length disc; the self-titled album included "Ho Hey" which not only made an impressive debut at #1 on The Alternative Songs char but also hit #3 on The Billboard Hot 100.