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Incredibly haunting melody and uplifting tune indeed! One of those songs you come across by chance and which stick immediately, inevitably stirring up sensation…

Probably not the strongest song of The Lumineers in regards of songwriting, but for sure a milestone in the band’s history. Ho Hey marked their breakthrough in 2012 while being a so-called “sleeper hit”, referring to the fact that the song didn’t hit the charts with a bang but spread like a virus instead, slowly climbing and finally reaching the top ten in November – a mere five months after its release.

The Denver-based folk combo started out as a duo called Wesley Jeremiah in 2005. However they are rooted in New Jersey where lead vocalist Wesley Schultz and drummer Jeremiah Fraites “found solace in music, writing songs and playing gigs around New York” after the death of Josh – Wesley’s best friend and the older brother of Jeremiah… The “Big Apple” was gnawing at their budget and their confidence alike so they decided to take a step back and headed for Colorado. Responding to their Craigslist ad for a classical cellist, Neyla Pekarek joined them in 2008 and making The Lumineers eventually a trio. After a few shows in smaller venues they kept writing songs and recorded a few of them in sort of homely production – Jer’s attic. The band even toured nationally at their own expenses but it was not until 2010 that they have been discovered. A fan uploaded a house gig to YouTube where their future management stumbled across them. The video showing a bunch of people in a small Denver apartment celebrating the moment and chanting the chorus of a song starting with a simple but rousing Ho! … Hey! …


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