Cincinnati’s Musical Heritage Needs to be Part of All-Star Festivities
While Schultz and Fraites happen to be playing music together for longer than eight years (previous band names include Free Beer, 6Cheek, and Wesley Jeremiah), they’ve only been called the Lumineers for the last four because of a mistake.
“We were playing a small club in Jersey City, N.J.,” explains Schultz, “and there was clearly a band on the market at the time called Lumineers who had been slotted for the same time, 24 hour, the next week. The individual running the demonstrate that night [mistakenly] announced us since the Lumineers.”
The name stuck. “It does not mean anything literally. It’s really a made-up word,” says Schultz. Another strange coincidence they learned? “It’s and also the name of a dental veneer company,” he adds.
Now how are Schultz’s teeth? “I have a pretty good smile,” he admits that with a big laugh. “I won ‘Best Smile’ in secondary school. It’s a pretty big problem.” The Lumineers, was obviously a more introspective look at the standard narrative of sex and sadness, here Shultz and company refreshingly think about the stories of the people around them. The allusions are smarter with song titles named after fictional heroines and also the commentary is far more reflective. Throughout Cleopatra there are plenty of references by, tstagnancy, fame, and looking back; this is fitting for a band which in fact had the last three years to think on their huge, immediate success.
A commentary on suffocating small towns, �Sleep about the Floor� and �Angela� reflect on the inner decay that occurs when monotony shows its head. �My Eyes� details the effects of fame about the easily consumed, �You always confused your servants for friends.� Interestingly, there’s also numerous mentions of ethical judgement by religious figures, attacking the sins with the flesh.
The lyricism isn�t Cleopatra�s only strong side. You will find definite high points within the slower moments like the Americana tinged �Gale Song� and the Buckleyesque �My Eyes�, where we get a hint of some really lovely intimacy that, if expounded on (having a bit more grit), could really amount to something captivating.
If the Lumineers debut record was obviously a representation of their metaphorical college years, Cleopatra is certainly their more mature, but confused, post-grad comprehension of fame.