What a joy to bring you this special report on The Lumineers gig at the Brixton Academy. Seeing them play with such confidence and take ownership of the gift they have was exciting. Presenting a second album to the world, when you’re first is so loved is an interesting position to be in. They needn’t have worried – the album came in at no1 this last week.
From the moment you walked in there was energy and anticipation. Ironically the opening song ‘Sleep’ got everyone going. They followed up with hit after hit, new ones such as ‘Ophelia’ and ‘Angela’ alongside old favourites like ‘Classy Girls’ and ‘Hey Ho’. The band showcase great story telling off-set by very simple but equally complex musical arrangements and melody lines. ‘Cleopatra’ is a great example. I still catch myself singing ‘Cleopatra’ two days after the gig. It is the story of an older lady from Armenia who drives a taxi and how she lost the love of her life and her father. Other highlights included ‘In the light’ and ‘Flowers’.
Lead singer Wesley held the crowd – ‘Slow it down’ was beautiful, but, they seemed to have more fun when they all stood up front in a line and played together. There’s a sense of democracy and unity about the band that was reflected in the performance. The crowd danced and sang. At times it felt that we were at an old fashioned US hoe-down with friends, but we were always reminded that these are very modern, young, talented musicians who have sold millions of records. They’ll be back for Latitude in July. Can’t wait.