The Lumineers, a multi-platinum folk-pop ensemble, is embarking on a world tour to promote their third album, III. The tour has an extensive North American leg, but the group is only spending one night in each city, including a show in St. Louis on February 5, 2020.
The Lumineers began in 2010 when founding members Wesley Schultz and Jeremiah Fraites relocated from New Jersey to Denver. The band is known for their spunky, folk-pop sound with hits such as “Ho Hey,” “Cleopatra,” and “Ophelia.” Much of their success can be attributed to the massive popularity of “Ho Hey,” which took off on social media when it was released in December of 2012.
Their newest album, III, was released in mid-2019, and the world tour for III kicked off on January 18, 2020, in Inglewood, California. The group’s February 5 St. Louis stop is only the fifth show on the tour, so local fans will get to see the group perform their newest album before almost anyone else.
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About the Album
The album is titled III not because it is The Lumineers’ third full-length album, but because it tells a familial narrative in three parts that span three generations: Gloria Sparks, her son Jimmy Sparks, and her grandson Junior Sparks. The family is torn apart by vices, and the album explores the way that plays out over the generations. The album is also structured in three parts, the first of which tells Gloria’s story through the songs “Donna,” “Life in the City,” and “Gloria.” Next, the album skips a generation to talk about Jimmy’s son Junior in “It Wasn’t Easy to Be Happy for You,” “Leader of the Landslide,” and “Left for Denver.” Finally, the story concludes with Jimmy Sparks’ tale told through “My Cell,” “Jimmy Sparks,” “April,” and “Salt and the Sea.”
In addition to the songs, the Lumineers also created a video to accompany each song that helps explain the narrative. The videos were directed by Kevin Phillips, and you can watch them all on The Lumineers website.
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