Show Me Shows is a video series documenting bands living in and traveling to St. Louis.
The Lumineers just released a self-titled full-length full of dusty dramatics and rising passion. The three-piece -- Wesley Schultz, Jeremiah Fraites and Neyla Pekarek -- caught a spark in 2011 that led them to Dualtone Records and a spate of national press for The Lumineers. "People showing up today know the lyrics," says Fraites. "It's been a crazy year - a lot's happened. It's hard to describe it all."
He's understating things just a touch. When he says "people," he means (at least in St. Louis) enough people to sell out Blueberry Hill in advance and when he says "know the lyrics" he means know all the lyrics. But let's take a second here and talk about the weather.
It wasn't raining outside when the Lumineers came to St. Louis; It was a show of force. Hail was smashing windshields and the sky was rapidly changing colors and the water was turning Delmar into a river with honest-to-god eddies. The Lumineers punched the wrong end of Delmar into the GPS and wound up somewhere near the City Museum. The storm had pushed our film crew from the sidewalk in front of the Chuck Berry statue to the nearby indoor backup plan and finally, when it became clear that we might lose some good men fording the block from the venue, we retreated to the upstairs Elvis Room at Blueberry Hill.
And so under somewhat unusual circumstances and with a hot meal on its way out in the restaurant, the Lumineers took their turn for Show Me Shows. This is a band rising fast with plenty of demands on its time. We were surely among the last of many such detours the three members of this band took on their recent cross-country tour.
It's worth noting all that chaos and distraction because you won't know any of it from their performance. Below, watch them stomp and blow through "Eloise," which to date has seen no official release.
"When we first started touring, two and a half years ago, we'd play places where there were just four people in the crowd -- every band goes through that, I'm sure -- sometimes our band would outnumber the people in the audience," says Fraites. "But when you're on tour and you're 800 miles from home and you know you're going to lose money, it's not worthwhile to go home empty handed.
He, Schultz and Pekarek certainly aren't going home empty handed any more, but they still play like the playing is all there is.
"Being a great musician is not what gets people excited," says Fraites. "We truly believe something non-musical is what people take away from a show."
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