Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part of our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased tracks, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. Each and every Friday we offer songs by local artists. Today’s selection, featured on the Morning Show with John Richards, is “Ho Hey” by The Lumineers from their 2012 self-titled album on Dualtone Records.
In 2002, Jeremiah Fraites’ brother died of a drug overdose, and Wes Schultz lost his best friend. In the wake of tragedy, the duo out of New Jersey buried themselves in music, and eventually played played gigs in New York. The grind being what it was, they packed up and moved to Denver, Colorado. The setting is ripe for the kind of Americana roots music that the Lumineers needed to develop. They also enlisted classically trained cellist, Neyla Pekarek, to the team and as a trio played shows in Denver. It was a self-released EP and a self-booked tour in 2011 that really drove the buzz and word of The Lumineers spread across the land. Fittingly, today’s featured song, “Ho Hey,” is swollen with reaffirming love and bold declarations, driven sonically by the iconic roots of Americana and a rhythm that compels you to sing along, to tap your toes, to nod your head.
Recently, The Lumineers made waves at SXSW and have been selling out shows all around the country for the current tour, Seattle’s March 31st date at Neumos included. But it’s not over yet — if you didn’t get tickets you can catch them live on KEXP on April 3rd for an exclusive in-studio performance, on the release date of their 9-years-in-the-making self-titled debut. Also fresh on the ‘net is their official music video for today’s featured song. Enjoy!