Bringing back the folk

"Ho Hey" by The Lumineers

Vivian Buenrostro, Co-Editor-in-Cheif

Indie folk band The Lumineers successfully released their first single “Ho Hey”, which took the eleventh spot on the Billboard 200 chart, followed by their first album release in April of 2012. The stomp and clap rhythm making trio have not been in the music industry for long; they were signed with the Dualtone record label in 2011. Wesley Schultz, on lead vocals and lead guitar, has been writing music with lifelong pal and percussionist, Jeremiah Fraites, since 2005. Later on, the indie duo moved from New York City to Denver, Colorado and put an ad on for a cellist. Neyla Pekarek landed the job and managed to soften the band’s sound, making it much more simplistic. Because of their soulful rhythms, The Lumineers have stuck out from the crowd, leaving the public wanting more. “We’re not reinventing the wheel or doing anything that different,” Fraites reassures, “The songs are super simple. The ideas themselves are very simple ideas.” The track “Ho Hey” is about a love that never happened, a type that most teenagers or young adults can relate to. Of course the melodic forte of the tune is what caught the listeners’ attention, but as Schultz sings, “I don’t think you’re right for him/Think of what might have been,” it reaches out to the audience in a more empathetic manner. As folk music is moderately making its way back into the music world, The Lumineers are humbly accepting their fame. “I think basically; I feel really lucky because I know how fickle the business, the industry is,” Schultz told American Songwriter magazine. The group began their very first world tour September 24, 2012, proudly selling out shows and bringing the public the music they have been deeply anticipating.