The Lumineers | Don’t Wanna Go

I thank Pandora over and over again for introducing me to songs and bands that I’ve never heard before. I recently created a station for The Lumineers, and I can’t stop listening to it now. Pandora even showcases some of The Lumineers songs I’ve never heard before. One of the jams that really grabbed my attention was ’Don’t Wanna Go’.

There are probably a lot of Lumineers fans who don’t know ’Don’t Wanna Go.’ I hadn’t heard it until it randomly came across Pandora. ‘Don’t Wanna Go’ is from The Lumineers demo EP which was released on December 15, 2009. The group sounds much different on their demo than they do now. It’s probably even hard for some people to realize it’s The Lumineers actually singing ‘Don’t Wanna Go’ (I had to double-check as well). It really shows how much they’ve grown and developed as a band since then. Take a listen:

It doesn’t sound much like The Lumineers, does it? I still think it’s a solid song though. Believe it or not, The Lumineers still appreciate how ‘Don’t Wanna Go’ and the six other songs (including ‘Flowers In Your Hair’, ‘Classy Girls’ and ‘Submarines’, which also appear (jazzed up a bit) on The Lumineers debut album) turned out on their 2009 EP:

Don't Wanna Go | The Lumineers

The Lumineers demo EP cover art

“Our EP was a demo quality and we liked the way it sounded,” drummer Jeremiah Fraites told PhillyBurbs.com last July. “It took us four or five years to find our humility and find our vulnerability and we stand behind that, having that vulnerable sound and letting it all hang out. We thought, if someone can play any of these songs on just a guitar or just a piano, then it’s probably a good song. Then we loved dressing them up with drums, cello, violin…but we really liked that raw quality.”

The ‘Don’t Wanna Go’ lyrics are a little darker than you’re probably used to hearing from The Lumineers (“There’s some blood around her, etc.), but that was more common for the band a few years ago. Fraites’ brother Josh died of a drug overdose when he was 19 (a tragedy that actually sparked Jeremiah Fraites and Wesley Schultz to start making music together), so Fraites says he understand the depths of grief and misery. He admits The Lumineers used to write “depressing songs that were about darker stuff.” ‘Don’t Wanna Go’ seems to fit that “darker stuff” category. They felt if they were “serious,” people would listen to them. The Lumineers obviously changed their tune since then, and folks are listening to them more than ever.

I’m a fan of The Lumineers, but I don’t consider myself a crazed fanatic. I couldn’t tell you where the band is playing right now, their favorite foods, or anything wild like that. I do know that I love their music and I continue to be blown away by them. Whether it’s ‘Don’t Wanna Go’, ‘I Ain’t Nobody’s Problem‘, a new song I saw them perform in concert, or anything else that randomly pops up – the hits keep coming from The Lumineers. I can’t wait to hear what come up next!

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The Lumineers Perform Untitled New Song

It should come as no surprise, but it sounds like The Lumineers are working on some new tunes. How can I tell? They performed a new song at Deck The Hall Ball in Seattle this week, and I was there to see it live. The Lumineers say the song is so new that they don’t even have a name for it yet (although I’m guessing they’ll call it ’Falling’ in the future).

The new song is a duet between Wesley Schultz and Neyla Pekarek (with the two often repeating “falling” in the lyrics), and they’re joined by Jeremiah Fraites on the keyboard at the end of the song. I just so happened to be recording on The Lumineers’ set when they performed their new song at Deck The Hall Ball. Take a look/listen!

NOTE: The Lumineers need to utilize Neyla Pekarek’s voice more often — she’s obviously a fan favorite.

The new song already has several fans. My sister, who was at Deck The Hall Ball with me, immediately asked if I recorded the new song (I should probably just call it ‘Falling’, so I don’t keep writing “new song” over and over again). Once I told her that I did, she insisted that I send her the video right away. I also posted a link to my video on Twitter, and a friend of mine responded by saying that “The @thelumineers new song is already a favorite of mine. So very sweet.”

The Lumineers | New Song | Falling

The Luminers at Deck The Hall Ball

The Lumineers seemed to enjoy their time at Deck The Hall Ball. On top of ‘Falling’, they performed ‘I Ain’t Nobody’s Problem‘, ‘Classy Girls’, ‘The Big Parade’, ‘Ho Hey‘ and several others. ‘Ho Hey’ actually received one of the largest cheers of the night at KeyArena (nine bands played at Deck The Hall Ball, so that’s really saying something). The crowd erupted after The Lumineers played the first note of their hit song. The band also led a fun sing-along to ‘Stubborn Love’, which included the audience singing the chorus (“So keep your head up, keep your love”) at different volumes. At one point, The Lumineers even asked everyone to put their cell phones away to “just be in the moment” with them. I thought that was pretty cool, so I put my phone directly into my pocket.

The Lumineers truly seemed to be in awe by the Deck The Hall Ball crowd. It wasn’t just your ordinary artists-sucking-up-to-the-audience either. It seemed very genuine. They admitted that KeyArena (16,641 capacity for concerts) is the largest venue they’ve ever played. The Lumineers also reminisced about some of the smaller joints they headlined in Seattle leading up to their appearance at Deck The Hall Ball. They even credited Seattle for jump-starting what turned into a huge year for them (some say the band’s leap to stardom began at the 2011 Capitol Hill Block Party). A big year got even bigger for The Lumineers the day after Deck The Hall Ball when they were nominated for a Grammy. The group is one of three bands up for Best New Artist.

It’s still to be seen if The Lumineers new song (‘Falling’ — or ‘Fallin” as one of my YouTube friends suggested) is going to end up on a new album, or if The Lumineers will just perform it in concert like ‘I Ain’t Nobody’s Problem’. My friend Tove says it sounds like a song they came up with in their tour van (or whatever they cruise around in). No matter where the new song ends up, The Lumineers are coming up with new material and that’s a huge bonus for all of us.

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Deck The Hall Ball 2012 | Nine Bands, One Great Show

It’s not often you find The Killers, M83, Metric, Awolnation, Passion Pit, The Lumineers, Grouplove, Of Monsters and Men, and The Joy Formidable all on the same stage in one night, but it happened at Deck The Hall Ball 2012 in Seattle. I was one of the few people who was actually there from beginning to end, and it was worth every second of my time.

The Joy Formidable jump started Deck The Hall Ball 2012. KeyArena was pretty empty at the time, but that didn’t prevent them from straight rocking out. There are only three members of The Joy Formidable, but it sounds like there are more people on stage when they’re jamming. They play hard, especially lead singer Ritzy Bryan. She’s a little fireball, springing all over the stage like the Energizer Bunny. They only had time to play four songs, so The Joy Formidable left their mark by smashing their instruments at the end of their set (guitars were thrown and drums went crashing to the stage). One of the personalities from 107.7 The End (the station that puts on Deck The Hall Ball) came out afterwards and called it “the most ferocious start to Deck The Hall Ball ever.”

Deck The Hall Ball 2012 | Of Monsters and Men

Of Monsters and Men

Next on stage at Deck The Hall Ball 2012: Of Monsters and Men. This was one of the groups I was most interested in seeing. I bought their album months ago (before their songs were even on the radio), but I wasn’t sure how they’d sound live. I was really impressed by Of Monsters and Men. They have a very mellow tone on their album, but they weren’t afraid to jam out on stage. Of Monsters and Men kept the crowd involved as well. They split the audience for a sing along on ‘Mountain Sound‘ (half of KeyArena sang “Hold your horses now,” while the other sang “We sleep until the sun goes down,” etc.), and everyone in the crowd sang every word to ’Little Talks‘ without urging from the band. I really wish Of Monsters and Men had more time on stage at Deck The Hall Ball, but that’s the way these events go. I’ll just have to hunt them down again.

Deck The Hall Ball 2012 rolled from Of Monsters and Men right into Grouplove. They started their set with ‘Itchin’ On A Photograph‘, which got everyone amped up for them. The crowd gave Grouplove their largest ovation after ‘Tongue Tied‘ though. Grouplove also played the only cover at Deck The Hall Ball by rocking their own version of Whitney Houston’s ‘I Wanna Dance With Somebody’. Aside from Hannah Hooper and Christian Zucconi (the most recognizable members of Grouplove), drummer Ryan Rabin stole the show. He rocked out the entire set and then did some crowd surfing before he left the stage.

There was no group I was more excited to see at Deck The Hall Ball 2012 than The Lumineers. It was honestly a little hard to come down to their level at first, because everyone else had rocked so hard before them. The Lumineers were easily the most mellow band of the night. I definitely don’t mean that as an insult, because they put on a great show (and they were just as rad as I hoped they’d be). Leading up to their set, no song got a bigger burst from the crowd than ‘Ho Hey‘. The place erupted after The Lumineers played the first note. The Lumineers loved to engage the audience as well. They had a lot of fun with ‘Ho Hey’, but the best follow-the-leader was ‘Stubborn Love‘. The Lumineers even performed a new song (it’s so new that it doesn’t even have a name yet) at Deck The Hall Ball. I just happened to be recording when they played it, so take a listen:

Passion Pit took the stage at Deck The Hall Ball 2012 after The Lumineers. This was actually the second time I saw Passion Pit this year. I also watched them perform live at Bumbershoot in Seattle over the summer. I was pumped to see them again this time around, but I wound up a little disappointed. It’s not their fault though. Passion Pit had the KeyArena crowd moving the entire time. The biggest problem is that I was in the upper deck, so I wasn’t anywhere near the active audience (unlike Bumbershoot when I was in the middle of the fray). After Deck The Hall Ball came to an end, I remember raving about so many bands, but Passion Pit never came into the conversation. Don’t get me wrong, Passion Pit put on a great show but they just didn’t do anything extremely memorable. I’d still go see them again the next time they roll through town.

Deck The Hall Ball 2012 | Awolnation

Awolnation

Awolnation was one of the great unknowns for me at Deck The Hall Ball 2012. If you’ve listened to their album, you know they have a lot of range, and they really showed that off during their set as well. They were actually a little hard to grasp at first. One second Awolnation was headbanging, and then the next they were playing the more poppy ‘Kill Your Heroes‘. I think there were a lot of people who didn’t know what to think of them early on, but Awolnation won the crowd over with ‘All I Need‘. It’s a slower song, so frontman Aaron Bruno had everyone put their arms around the folks next to them as they played. Everyone swayed together to the music, and then Bruno encouraged the crowd to wave a lighter or cell phone (to make it “really cheesy” in his words). I think it was the most entertaining moment of the night. Bruno wasn’t done after that. He led the audience in the wave, and then crowd surfed while singing his final song. I think Awolnation put on arguably the best show of the night. I’d definitely pay to see them perform again.

Awolnation was a tough act to follow, and unfortunately it was up to Metric to keep the crowd going. They failed miserably though. I didn’t know anything about Metric (aside from the one song (‘Breathing Underwater‘) they played on the radio leading up to Deck The Hall Ball), and I don’t care to know more about them now. I can’t be the only one who feels that way. The audience seemed disinterested during their set. There was no movement in the crowd, no one was taking pictures or video of them (like they were for all the other groups), and several people actually walked out during their performance. It was relatively dead inside KeyArena for Metric. They just never captured the crowd. They were easily the biggest flop of the night.

Let’s talk about a group that did capture the audience — M83. These guys are unlike anyone else who played Deck The Hall Ball 2012. M83 is more electronic and instrumental than anything. They’re more about flashing lights and jamming out than signing many lyrics. Several people in the crowd even whipped out their glow sticks for their set. I have to admit that M83 doesn’t exactly tickle my earlobes, but they were very entertaining. They jammed and jammed and jammed for a full 50 minutes. I took this video of M83 performing ‘Midnight City‘, so you could get a feel for what their set was like:

Deck The Hall Ball 2012 | The Killers

The Killers

The Killers were the headliners for Deck The Hall Ball 2012. There’s a good reason they were the last to perform. The Killers put on an incredible show. They just seemed so much more seasoned at performing live than the rest of the acts at the event. They had a more dynamic setup than anyone else, including a 30+ foot video board hanging behind them and confetti that came shooting out during one of their songs. The stage just seemed bigger for them, and lead singer Brandon Flowers kills it (no pun intended). The Killers were the only group to get everyone in the crowd on their feet for their entire set. They were also the only band that had every person singing every word to every song. I honestly didn’t realize The Killers had so many hits until Deck The Hall Ball. They just kept coming one after another. It was an awesome atmosphere and a perfect way to wrap up the night.

The Joy Formidable took the stage at 3pm and The Killers walked off the stage at 11:30pm, so it was nearly nine hours of music at Deck The Hall Ball 2012. I was introduced to new bands, rocked out to some of my favorite songs and even waved my cell phone (in place of a lighter) at a concert for the first time in my life. It was easily worth every penny I paid for my tickets. I’m already bracing myself for Deck The Hall Ball 2013.

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The Lumineers | ‘I Ain’t Nobody’s Problem’

“I ain’t nobody’s problem, but my own.” That’s the main line to the chorus of my new favorite song ‘I Ain’t Nobody’s Problem’ by The Lumineers. I recently wrote about The Lumineers on here, but I promise this isn’t the new center for their fan club. I just can’t get enough of them right now. Their debut album (also called The Lumineers) is awesome, so that led me to search for more of their songs.

My search was a huge success, because that’s when I found ‘I Ain’t Nobody’s Problem.’ The song isn’t on The Lumineers album (or Amazon/iTunes for that matter), and I honestly don’t know if it’s one of their own songs or a cover. It really doesn’t matter to me one way or the other — the only thing I care about is that I really like it. Take a listen for yourself!

The Lumineers performed this version of ’I Ain’t Nobody’s Problem’ at the Capitol Hill Block Party in Seattle last year. There are some groups that sound like garbage live, but The Lumineers have a solid sound from every angle. They’re actually back at the Capitol Hill Block Party this weekend. They perform on the main stage on Sunday at 4:50pm. Unfortunately, I can’t make it to the performance, because I have to work (one of the joys of having a sportscast at 5pm and 6pm on Saturdays and Sundays).

Let me know what you think of ‘I Ain’t Nobody’s Problem’ (or The Lumineers in general)! I always love to hear from you. You can leave a comment below, or connect with me on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and/or LinkedIn. Don’t forget you can also find me on YouTube and Pinterest, or every weekend on KOMO 4 News in Seattle at 5pm, 6pm and 11pm.

I Ain't Nobody's Problem

The Lumineers perform ‘I Ain’t Nobody’s Problem’ at the Capitol Hill Block Party in Seattle

The Lumineers | So Much More Than ‘Ho Hey’

There are certain songs or certain bands that reach up, grab me, reel me in, and never let me go. It doesn’t happen often, but when it does — it’s memorable. The latest group to really get me fired up is The Lumineers. Their hit song is called ‘Ho Hey’ (it’s played all the time on the radio now), but The Lumineers have so much more to offer than that.

The Lumineers

The Lumineers

My introduction to The Lumineers starts with a pretty funny story: I was out with a friend one night and we came back to my place to jam some tunes. Before I could get my iTunes rolling, I turned on one of the music channels on my TV to keep us company. The first song that played was ‘Ho Hey’ by The Lumineers. It was the first time I’d ever heard the song, but it immediately grabbed my attention. I quickly jumped onto the iStore to download ’Ho Hey’ (thinking I may never hear it again) – or at least I thought I did. I accidentally downloaded a different Lumineers song called ‘Dead Sea’ instead. I was ticked at myself for wasting $1.29 on a song I’d never heard before (and was sure I wasn’t going to like), but I eventually got over it and downloaded ‘Ho Hey’ as well.

It wasn’t until the next day that I went back to listen to The Lumineers again. I started with ‘Ho Hey’ (because it was the song that lured me in to begin with), but then I figured I should give ‘Dead Sea’ a chance (since I downloaded it). I couldn’t believe it — I actually liked ‘Dead Sea’ better than ‘Ho Hey’. It wasn’t a waste of money after all. ‘Dead Sea’ instantly became my jam. I listened to it every day before work. Little did I know (but I should have guessed) the entire Lumineers album (also called The Lumineers — it’s their debut album) is awesome. My friend Tove finally introduced me to the rest of the songs, and now I’m hooked (I’m listening to them as I write this).

Like I mentioned, ‘Ho Hey’ is The Lumineers hit, but I like several other songs on the album. ‘Big Parade’, ‘Morning Song’, ‘Flowers in Your Hair’, and of course ‘Dead Sea’ are my other favorites. It’s rare that I say this (and it’s a huge reason I don’t buy an entire album often), but there honestly isn’t one jam on The Lumineers album that I don’t like. I can’t wait to see what they come out with next.

Have you listened to The Lumineers? What do you think of them (it’s OK if you don’t have the same taste for music that I do)? If you like them, what’s your favorite song? I’d love to hear from you! Leave a comment right here or connect with me on Facebook, Twitter and Google+! You can also click here for more of my views on music!

MORE QUICK INFO: The Lumineers are from New York/Denver. They’re a three-person group made up of Wesley Schultz (guiter/vocals), Jeremiah Fraites (drums/vocals) and Neyla Pekarek (cello/mandolin/piano/vocals).