The Lumineers at Terminal 5 in New York City, 02/01/13 (photos, review)By Ricardo Baca | February 4th, 2013 | No Comments »
As the Lumineers warmed up a sold-out Terminal 5 in Manhattan on Friday night, it wasnâ€™t a battle of identity as some fans might have guessed.
The groupâ€™s core started the band in Jersey, and then moved to New York before landing in Denver, finalizing its line-up, recording its eponymous record and then blowing up all Mumford-style.
Many things have happened since, including Grammy nominations, a high-profile spot on â€śSaturday Night Liveâ€ť and the inspiration for a large New York Times story that will come out in the coming weeks on Denverâ€™s still-thriving music community.
But one thing was clear on Friday night in NYC: The Lumineers are a Colorado band, and theyâ€™re one of the hottest bands in the game right now.
As they showed during two sold-out nights at the Ogden Theatre in Denver around New Yearâ€™s Eve, the three-piece has expanded to five and even six pieces. The extra bodies and instruments give their bare bones sound a fullness that compliments everything in the mix.
That thickness in sound isnâ€™t needed, because this indie folk music was first crafted with an acoustic guitar in mind. But itâ€™s a nice change, especially when the group is playing venues such as Terminal 5 and the Ogden and their 3,000 and 1,700 capacities, respectively.
Of course â€śHo Heyâ€ť was in the mix on Friday â€“ twice, even. As the bandâ€™s been doing lately, they played an unplugged singalong of the hit early on, asking the audience for (and getting plenty of) help. And then they anchored their encore with a plugged-in take on the song.
Twice is a bit much for any song, but the boozy, talky audience seemed to appreciate it. The other songs that got the excited crowd singing along were the melodic â€śFlowers in Your Hair,â€ť the ballad â€śStubborn Loveâ€ť and the cover of â€śAinâ€™t Nobodyâ€™s Problem,â€ť which had them shouting out to Denver artist Sawmill Joe, who wrote the song.
Joe McCabe is a New York photographer and a regular contributor to Reverb. Check out hisÂ website.