The Lumineers 'slaved' for success

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 27 June 2013
The Lumineers

The Lumineers

The Lumineers are glad they "slaved and fought" for recognition, rather than becoming an overnight sensation

The Lumineers are glad they "slaved and fought" for recognition.

The 'Stubborn Love' band have been performing since 2005 and are glad they didn't have a hit until 'Ho Hey' became huge last year because they believe the struggle was an important part of the process.

Bass player Ben Wahamaki - who joined the band full time in 2012 - told BANG showbiz: "I think when people haven't heard of you before and then hear your music suddenly they assume that's how it happened - overnight.

"I'm glad it wasn't like that though, especially for us, we're not big time people by any stretch of the imagination. I don't think we would have enjoyed it happening at any faster rate. There was a lot of labour in it and I think it's better to feel like you really slaved and fought for this thing and eventually people love it."

The band - which also includes Wesley Schultz, Jeremiah Fraites, Neyla Pekarek and Stelth Ulvang - have a hectic schedule, playing across Europe and the US, and grab little spaces in-between shows to work on new material.

Ben added: "We are hungry for all these little windows where we get to work on new stuff. We are just grateful that what we are doing is in demand right now, but we're also ready to start working out new ideas."

The band were forced to cancel an appearance in the US over the weekend due to a band member's illness, but are expected to be well again in time to perform at Glastonbury festival tomorrow (28.06.13).

Glastonbury has partnered with EE this year and the telecoms company have set up a 4G network on site to keep festivalgoers tweeting, blogging and updating their facebook pages, as well as providing two free recharge tents.

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