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Live Review: The Lumineers at Glastonbury

Live Review: The Lumineers at Glastonbury
Okay, so I have a confession. While I know who the Lumineers are, I’ve never really listened to them. What I mean is, yes I’ve heard their songs, but I’ve never sat down to play an album let alone go to an entire gig. So I take my place at Glastonbury’s Other Stage, partly (if I’m being honest) to see the Charlatans, and get ready for my first full taste. 
 
Singer Wesley Schultz appears on stage, opens his mouth and begins singing in bourbon. His voice is the sort of instrument which is deeply rooted in a place, and that’s an American desert state. If it had been raining today this might seem odd, but it’s bright, everyone who wants to see tomorrow is wearing sunglasses including the band, and suddenly I have a hankering for some snakeskin boots and a different sort of hat. 
 
The Lumineers are a king of Denver Mumford and Sons: a band who fully embraced a rural sound and went through waves of indie snobbery, only to keep going and come out on top. Songs of love, breakups, all done with crowd clapalongs and the constant urge to stomp. No, they don’t have beats or horror pop, but they do have the crowd singing infectiously. Maybe the snobs are jealous that this world is so seductive, that it’s done so well.
 
Life in the City is the first song they play from the new album, and looking around we expect everyone to pre-order it the moment they return to reality, the song’s just as good as the others. When Wesley introduces about a song about a loved one left homeless by crippling addiction the mood really fall, because there’s been a darkness shot through these songs already, but the band turn it round into a ‘moment.’ Also fair play to playing the first song off your first album, we really hope the Killers do that tomorrow.
 
So how do I feel about having not heard the Lumineers seriously before? There’s an awful lot of bands vying for attention, you can’t hear them all. But I will be listening to this bunch again.

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