CPH Post


Lumineers illuminate the dark December night

From Colorado with love

December 11, 2013

by Allan Mutuku-Kortbæk

The Lumineers
December 9 at Store Vega

Colorado folk rockers the Lumineers gave a clinical performance at a sold-out Store Vega last night. Theirs is a gentle, windswept blend of rock that borrows from traditions of Americana and soft rock styles; a compact rendition that's easy to sway to and easier still to sing along to. 

Gracing the dark stage armed primarily with a mere album's worth of recorded material off their 2013 eponymous masterpiece, the trio were all smiles as they exited the parapet and shared their music with the crowd.  Popular, catchy tracks off this work such as 'Dead Sea' and the merry ‘Flowers in Your Hair’. A warm, enduring cover of Bob Dylan's 'Subterranean Homesick Blues' followed suit, hitting home with the partisan crowd, and showcasing their skills at playing and interpreting other musicians’ music. 

This breezy start was short-lived however, as the momentum from the first string of popular songs reeled, though not for too long. Minimalist acoustic versions of lesser-known songs lifted things, as the cheery, swaying mood was subbed for a more quiet, composed intimacy that saw xylophones played and guitars strummed with a soft disposition, working wonders on the crowd, who were still and approving with the benevolence of kids at an ice cream parlor.

This quiet, simple approach to music is indeed one of the defining features of the trio’s music, which at its silent moments acquires a cinematic, ethereal quality that carries it gently through the air. Things did get louder towards the end though as the Lumineers upped the tempo, capping things off with the unforgettable 'Big Parade,' the tune that just about sums up all that is good about this band. The crowd made their presence felt on this particular number, yelling along the chorus and rallying for a raucous call for an encore, which duly followed. 

The Lumineers re-appeared without too much hassle and closed the night on the same cheery note, signing off having captivated the audience in the most entertaining of fashions. They are surely a band to keep an eye on and their local popularity has been anything but harmed following last night’s neatly composed and well organised concert which did its bit to banish the grim stillness of the cold December night, if only momentarily, to a faraway corner of one's mind.

Latest Comments

Being registered in Switzerland gives MSC more than a few advantages over...

(Calvin Bernhardt on April 24, 2014 01:44)

As an Australian girl ,who married a Dane, reading this in Melbourne after...

(Grace Nugent on April 24, 2014 00:59)

Great... More destructive immigrants. ; )

(Alex DeGre?t on April 23, 2014 23:49)

The picture is also misleading because it depicts rape as if it most often...

(Gena Grant on April 23, 2014 22:37)

Chinese people want to see where the Danes keep their horses and goats. Its...

(Calvin Bernhardt on April 23, 2014 21:42)

Well done

(Preeti Bhan Prasher on April 23, 2014 20:33)

What about foreigners who are already here under the Greencard scheme? I...

(Hildegard Andrea Wagner on April 23, 2014 20:16)

Not worth the agrivation ?

(Tom Donde on April 23, 2014 17:14)

Hmmmm, since when is hempseed oil illegal? And since when has anyone claimed...

(Andreas Holmqvist on April 23, 2014 13:48)

Good for them, except that these young people are not immigrants. All but a...

(April 23, 2014 00:46)