The Lumineers Announce Self-Titled Debut Album & Tour

Photo by Hayley Young

Denver’s own The Lumineers are proud to announce the release of their self-titled debut album, out on April 3rd via Dualtone. The band’s style of emotive, powerful folk-rock has garnered comparisons to Edward Sharpe and Mumford and Sons, and is in line with Dualtone’s history of supporting talented folk acts. The album was produced and mixed by Ryan Hadlock (Foo Fighters, Ra Ra Riot, Metric) at Bear Creek Studios, with additional mixing by Kevin Augunas (The Black Keys, Cold War Kids, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros) at Fairfax Recordings, and follows the band’s eponymous self-recorded EP that was released earlier in 2011.

The Lumineers will be touring in support of the debut, beginning in March and playing through the end of April. The tour will start along the West Coast with stops in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Seattle, and will run through other major markets including Chicago, Brooklyn, and Philadelphia. The band will play two shows right here in Colorado in the middle of the tour.  For a full list of tour dates, please see below.

The Lumineers were formed by Wesley Schultz and Jeremiah Fraites in New York. Their story begins in 2002, the year Jeremiah’s brother and Wesley’s long-time best friend, Josh, died from a drug overdose at 19.  Amidst the loss and grief, Wes and Jeremiah came together and 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 decided to expand their horizons. They packed everything they owned and headed for Denver, Colorado. It was less a pilgrimage than act of stubborn hopefulness.

The first thing they did in Denver 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 at The Meadowlark, a gritty basement club where the city’s most talented songwriters gathered every Tuesday for an open mic and dollar PBRs. Neyla softened Wes and Jeremiah’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.

Off the strength of a self released EP the band was named one of the 20 best new bands of 2011 by Paste Magazine:

The band also played at World Café, which you can check out at NPR here.

The Lumineers Tour Dates

Wed-Mar-21 – San Diego, CA @ The Casbah

Thu-Mar-22 – Los Angeles, CA @ Hotel Café

Sat-Mar-24 – San Francisco, CA @ Café Du Nord

Sun-Mar-25 – Santa Cruz, CA @ The Crepe Place

Thu-Mar-29 – Eugene, OR @ Axe & Fiddle

Fri-Mar-30 – Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios

Sat-Mar-31 – Seattle, WA @ Tractor Tavern

Sun-Apr-01 – Vancouver, BC @ Media Club

Wed-Apr-04 – Boise, ID @ Neurolux

Thu-Apr-05 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The State Room

Fri-Apr-06 – Bellvue, CO @ Misawaka Indoors

Sat-Apr-7 – Boulder, CO @ Shug’s

Mon-Apr-09 – Ames, IA @ The Maintenance Shop

Wed-Apr-11 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry

Thu-Apr-12 – Madison, WI @ The Frequency

Fri-Apr-13 – Chicago/Evanston, IL @ SPACE

Tue-Apr-17 – Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground Lounge

Wed-Apr-18 – Northampton, MA @ Iron Horse

Thu-Apr-19 – Fairfield, CT @ StageOne

Fri-Apr-20 – Berklee, MA @ Café 939 (festival)

Sat-Apr-21 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg

Sun-Apr-22 – Vienna, VA @ Jammin’ Java

Tue-Apr-24 – Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brendas

Thu-Apr-26 – Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506

Fri-Apr-27 – Nashville, TN @ The Basement

Sat-Apr-28 – St. Louis, MO @ Blueberry Hill

Sun-Apr-29 – Kansas City, MO @ The Record Bar

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