“The song ‘BRIGHTSIDE’ was recorded in a single day,” says The Lumineers singer-guitarist and co-founder Wesley Schultz. “It’s like a 15-year-old’s fever dream, an American love story in all its glory and heartbreak. The last couple left, on the run from something and all alone…”
Produced by long-time collaborator Simone Felice and produced, mixed, and engineered by David Baron over two sessions in winter and spring 2021 at Baron’s Sun Mountain Studios in bucolic Boiceville, NY, BRIGHTSIDE marks The Lumineers’ first new music in more than two years & the band’s most joyous and spontaneous piece of work thus far. The nine-song collection sees The Lumineers’ co-founders/co-songwriters Wesley Schultz and Jeremiah Fraites performing virtually all of the eclectic, effervescent instrumentation, with Baron on a wide variety of keyboards & backing vocals. Simone, Wes, Jeremiah and David are joined by touring members Byron Isaacs and Lauren Jacobson, famed backing singer Cindy Mizelle (Bruce Springsteen, Dave Matthews Band), James Felice, and acclaimed singer-songwriter Diana DeMuth.
With 18 #1 hits across a range of radio formats, The Lumineers have quickly risen to the ranks of one of the worlds most loved bands of any genre. Fueled in part by the breakthrough hit single, “Ho Hey,” 2012’s self-titled debut proved an immediate sensation, rising to #2 on the SoundScan/Billboard 200 on its way to 3x RIAA platinum certification in the U.S. and Canada and a prestigious pair of GRAMMY® Award nominations including “Best New Artist.” CLEOPATRA followed in 2016, debuting at #1 on album charts in the U.S., Canada, and the United Kingdom on route to RIAA platinum in the US and 2x platinum certification in Canada. The album’s highlights include the smash single, “Ophelia,” which spent an astounding 13 weeks atop the Triple A radio chart and currently boasts over 610M worldwide streams on Spotify alone. The Lumineers’ third album, the cinematic and inventive III, proved a critical and popular phenomenon upon its September 2019 release, highlighted by such singles as “Life In The City” and “Gloria,” both of which lit up multi-format radio outlets across the country, with “Gloria” topping the charts at Americana, Adult Alternative, and Alternative, including six consecutive weeks at #1 on the latter chart.
Along with their two GRAMMY® Award nominations, the past decade has seen The Lumineers earn a broad array of other honours, including five Billboard Music Awards nominations. Widely hailed for their energetic but intimate live shows, the band have travelled the world on a number of sold-out tours while also performing top-billed sets at such legendary global events as Glastonbury & Fuji Rock, to name but a few. The Lumineers recently released the LIVE FROM THE LAST NIGHT OF TOUR EP, recorded at the final sold-out show on their epic III Tour and available now digitally HERE. They will be touring the UK and Ireland throughout February & March 2022.