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30 May 2016
Cincinnati's Musical Heritage Ought to be Part of All-Star Festivities

While Schultz and Fraites have already been playing music together in excess of eight years (previous band names include Free Beer, 6Cheek, and Wesley Jeremiah), they've only been referred to as Lumineers for the last four thanks to a mistake. 


"We were playing a small club in Jersey City, N.J.," explains Schultz, "and there was a band on the market at the time called Lumineers who had been slotted for the same time, quick, the next week. Anyone running the show that night [mistakenly] announced us since the Lumineers."

The name stuck. "It doesn't mean anything literally. It's a made-up word," says Schultz. Another strange coincidence they learned? "It's also the name of a dental veneer company," he adds.

So how are Schultz's teeth? "I use a pretty good smile," he says with a big laugh. "I won 'Best Smile' in secondary school. It's a pretty problem." The Lumineers, was obviously a more introspective look at the standard narrative of sex and sadness, here Shultz and company refreshingly reflect on the stories of those around them. The allusions are smarter with song titles named after fictional heroines and the commentary is far more reflective. Throughout Cleopatra there are tons of references by, tstagnancy, fame, and looking back; this is fitting for a band which had the last three years to reflect on their huge, immediate success.

A commentary on suffocating small towns, �Sleep on the Floor� and �Angela� reflect on the internal decay that occurs when monotony shows its head. �My Eyes� details the effects of fame on the easily consumed, �You always confused your servants for friends.� Interestingly, there are also numerous mentions of ethical judgement by religious figures, attacking the sins with the flesh.

The lyricism isn�t Cleopatra�s only strong side. There are definite high points inside the slower moments just like the Americana tinged �Gale Song� and the Buckleyesque �My Eyes�, where we obtain a hint of some really lovely intimacy that, if expounded on (having a bit more grit), could really add up to something captivating.

In the event the Lumineers debut record was a representation of their metaphorical college years, Cleopatra is certainly their more mature, but confused, post-grad knowledge of fame.



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