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Exclusive Interview with The Lumineers and Live Performance [VIDEO]

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Pop radio is getting a whole lot more interesting now that programmers are daring to mix up big star pop hits with more adventurous cuts from rising new artists. People like Ellie Goulding, Gotye and Fun are some recent examples of acts who have been embraced by the mainstream after hitting high rotation on radio stations around America.

The next big alternative act to break out with the help of pop radio are folk pop crooners The Lumineers. Their single "Ho Hey" is a massive hit about to happen that has already racked up a very impressive 430,000 single downloads. The track is taken from their self-titled debut LP that has sold over 150,000 copies since its release this summer. 

Fresh out of Denver, The Lumineers are the enigmatic trio comprising of Brooklyn-to-Denver transplants Wesley Schultz, Jeremiah Fraites and Neyla Pekarek. 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.

In an exclusive interview with ArjanWrites.com that was filmed for Walmart Soundcheck, frontman Wesley Schultz explains that 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, where they met cellist Neyla Pakarek who finalized their line up.

The Lumineers performed an exclusive live set of six songs at the Walmart Soundcheck studios, including "Submarines," "'Flowers In Your Hair" and of course "Ho Hey." It's a great live gig that will give you good feel for the the group's unique blend of stomp-and-clap acoustic rock, classic pop and front-porch folk that is about to hit the big time. Watch it here.

October 18, 2012 | Permalink