Folk rock band The Lumineers exploded onto the scene in 2012 with a refreshing alternative to the chart dominating electronic music of the time and quickly built up an enormous following. Since then fans have been ravenous for a follow up to The Lumineers’ wildly successful, self-titled debut album.
On April 8, 2016, four years and five days after their first album dropped, The Lumineers—comprised of Wesley Schultz (songwriter/vocals/guitar), Jeremiah Fraites (songwriter/drums/piano), and Neyla Pekarek (cellist/backing vocals)—released their stellar second studio album. Cleopatra overflows with thought-provoking lyrics and clean, mesmerizing melodies.
I caught up with Schultz before the band departed for the European leg of their tour to discuss the writing and recording process of Cleopatra as well as the inspiration behind The Lumineers’ captivating songs.
Before we start I have to tell you, my husband and I were married last June and my father walked me onto our beach ceremony to “Dead Sea,” which I think is one of the most beautiful songs I have ever heard.
Wow. That’s really cool!
Then in a …