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THE LUMINEERS - 2016 Interview for All Access Music

Read my 2016 Interview with Jeremiah Fraites of



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Jeremiah Fraites of THE LUMINEERS – Talks About The Bands Eagerly Anticipated NEW Album: CLEOPATRA, Making of The “Ophelia” Video, And Writing Melodies For Jennifer Lawrence To Sing In THE HUNGER GAMES.

Growing up in the New York City suburb of Ramsey, New Jersey, Wesley spent his days drawing. Today, as bandleader of THE LUMINEERS , Wesley’s replaced his pencil with a guitar and his drawings with songs. He still practices a lot, and it still turns out good.

In the spring of 2005, childhood friends Wesley Schultz and Jeremiah Fraites began to collaborate, writing together 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—nothing

more than a couple suitcases of clothes and

a trailer full of musical instruments—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 Jer’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.In 2011, an eponymous, self-recorded EP led to a self-booked tour, and before long The Lumineers started attracting devout fans, first across the Western US, then back in their old East Coast stomping grounds. Young, old and in-between, they’re drawn by songs like “Ho Hey” and “Stubborn Love,” Americana-inflected barnburners in the vein of the Avett Brothers and Mumford & Sons.

The roots revival of the last few years has primed listeners for a new generation of rustic, heart-on-the-sleeve music — the kind that nods to tradition while setting off into uncharted territory. The Lumineers walk that line with an unerring gift for timeless melodies and soul-stirring lyrics.

Powered by passion, ripened by hard work, THE LUMINEERS have found their sound when the world needs it most. Now, four years in the making…they’re back with an eagerly anticipated new album!

All Access Music writer, Nicole DeRosa had the great pleasure of catching up with Jeremiah Fraites just before the release of the bands long awaited album, CLEOPATRA coming out on April 8th. Enjoy (link above) as Jeremiah chats with Nicole about the making of the album, filming the video for “Ophelia“, his love of Nirvana and Beethoven and much more!

Updated info since the above 2016 interview was published: In October 2018, Neyla Pekarek quit the band in order to concentrate on a solo career. The Lumineers released their third album, titled III, on September 13, 2019 and debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200. The group is featured on the For The Throne album with the song "Nightshade", which was released on April 26, 2019, accompanying the final season of Game of Thrones. On July 19, they released their second single from the album, "It Wasn't Easy To Be Happy For You", from Chapter II: Junior Sparks.

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