Six months ago, I stood in the back of The Beauty Bar in Austin and The Lumineers strutted out in the crowd and finished an electric set that left me buzzing as I strolled across Austin. Since then, their music has been featured in commercials, my wife plays them almost nightly and I had almost become tired of them. It was to the point that I wasn’t totally fired up to go to the show last night.
I had voiced my concerns about where they would be going on the second album. My biggest concern would be some producer coming and over-producing them; stripping them of the charm that makes them so enjoyable.
Last night squashed any of those fears. Playing to a sold out Riviera Theatre as opposed to a 100 people in backyard made no difference to them. The interaction with the crowd was no different and Neyla was still smiling as bright as ever. And while wading into the crowd at The Riv would be near impossible. They still managed to get out in the crowd when they hit the balconies for a tune. They then tied a bow on the night with a great version of The Weight. All in all a great night from a great band. Can’t wait to see where they go from here.