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Taking to the stage to the sound of The Rolling Stones, “Gimme Shelter”, Colorado’s The Lumineers brought their folk tinged rock to Glasgow’s SSE Hydro at the weekend.
Despite only having three studio albums under their belts, their set was salted by the best of their back catalogue so far and 23 track strong; frontman, Wesley Schultz brought a Kings Of Leon vibe with his raw, rock voice and a sound the South would be proud of.
Signature song, “Ho Hey”, taken from their self-titled debut came earlier than expected in the set, and proved that it may be the hit that launched them, but far from defines them. The Lumineers take on Bob Dylan’s “Subterranean Homesick Blues” was a welcome cover and lapped up by punters.
The Lumineers set was shaped equally and well by their soundtrack to date, including, “Classy Girls”, “Flowers In Your Hair”, “Cleopatra”, “Stubborn Love” and “Scotland” which, understandably, went down a treat with the crowd.
Despite a solid backing band of talented musicians, it’s important (and impressive) to remember that The Lumineers essentially consists of frontman, Schultz and drummer, Jeremiah Fraites who have created a sound and style that has drawn favourable comparisons to Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty and Bob Dylan.
Schultz himself is a cool cat; revelling in the enthusiasm is his audience who seemed to be loving every second, but oozing a confidence and cool that puts him in the running of one of the 10’s most important frontmen, albeit overlooked and somewhat underrated.
Their lengthy set seemed far from enough for Glasgow as the crowd continued to call for more, long after the curtain came down.