The Lumineers make the kind of life-affirming folk music that many bands aspire for, but few actually pull off. Their best track, “Ho Hey” is a perfectly crafted foot-stomper, literally demanding a group singalong – on tour, the crowd will surely “ho!” and “hey!” along with the band after every four drum beats. Lead singer Wesley Schultz’s voice, paired with the rickety drums and piano accompanying most songs, gives the band’s music a raw, unfiltered feel – a genuine passion that shines through due to the minimal production. They show off the infectious nature of their music in a “Take-Away Show”-style, microphone-free, one-take video of this great track:
I’m expecting The Lumineers to build on their low-key sound with more instrumentation and more peaks and valleys to their songs, creating folk epics in the vein of The Head And The Heart. Why do I see a potential Head and the Heart influence? The passion from both bands is practically gushing out of this video where they lead an intimate “Skinny Love” singalong together at a house show.
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