The buzzing audience was all ready when the Lumineers took off at the Metro City. The strong drum beats reached every level of the space in and outside your head when Wesley Schultz vocalised the first words of Sleep on the Floor.
The American folky trio looked magnificent, as usual. Schultz rocked his bright, white shoes along with his characteristic hat, as multitalented Jeremiah Fraites nailed it with his white-t-shirt-with-suspenders look, and Neyla Bekarek looked simply stunning with her red lips and dark dress. The usual trinity was assisted by a few extras in their live assembly, raising the number of musicians to six.
And all of them did a good job throughout the evening. Without too much blabbering, the band went on to play a few songs from their debut album, bearing the band name. Tracks Flowers in Your Hair and Classy Girls made the audience join in to get into the mood which did have a slight change when Schultz introduced the background of Charlie Boy.
“It is important to remember, that the words of our leaders, they do matter. They mattered to my uncle and they matter to me, they matter to all of us,” he concluded, devoting the song to his uncle, Charlie, who got recruited and lost to war.
The band has now been on their Cleopatra world tour for over a year and having seen their performance some months ago; there was a slight tiredness present in Metro City. Despite that and the deep, somewhat sad meanings some of their songs carry, the band still knows how to lift the audience mood close to euphoria.
From blues it went to roses, as the gig got more intimate when the band performing a couple of songs as they had done years ago in punters living rooms without microphones. Perhaps the biggest of their hits, Ho Hey, got a new outlook when after several hushes the audience fell into silence to appreciate the song performed acoustically.
The Lumineers told real stories in their songs and the way they did it is just that much better live. Momentarily, it felt like watching the band rehearsal, as everyone was so down to earth with their actions. During Ophelia Schultz did not mind the tambourine breaking into two, but just casually carried on. It does feel like they still make music not just for the folk, but for themselves too.
Ending the night with their second hit single, Stubborn Love, the Lumineers had once again delivered the expected – a well organised show with a variety of new and old songs, showcasing each member’s talents along the way. Their music is folk rock at its best, and a breaking instrument is just a slow-down when the pair of white and black boots hit the stage.