Folk-rock trio the Lumineers visited The Recording Academy's headquarters in Santa Monica, Calif., recently to participate in an exclusive GRAMMY.com interview and perform a brief acoustic set. The Lumineers discussed their formation, their self-titled debut album, performing live, and future plans, among other topics, and performed songs such as "Ho Hey," "Slow It Down" and "Stubborn Love."
"We began writing the album about three years before we started recording it," said vocalist/guitarist Wesley Schultz regarding their debut album, The Lumineers. "We ended up doing many, many rough drafts of songs, many of which didn't make the album. It was kind of a long process before we got into the actual studio. By the time we got there, we had a good idea of what we were aiming to do."
The Lumineers formed in 2002 in Ramsey, N.J., when childhood friends Schultz and Jeremiah Fraites turned to writing music as a means to cope with the drug-related death of Fraite's brother, Josh Fraites. The duo subsequently relocated to Denver where they met classically trained cellist Neyla Pekarek, who responded to an ad on Craigslist.
Following an EP in 2011, the group released their self-titled debut album on April 3. Mixing elements of Americana, country, pop, and folk, the set features 11 tracks co-penned by Fraites and Schultz, including the singles "Ho Hey," "Classy Girls" and "Dead Sea." The Lumineers peaked at No. 17 on the Billboard 200 and "Ho Hey" reached No. 57 on the Billboard Hot 100. The trio also recently issued a free four-song EP, Tracks From The Attic, via NoiseTrade. The Lumineers have tour dates scheduled in the United States and the UK through November.