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May 30 2016

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Cincinnati's Musical Heritage Needs to be Part of All-Star Festivities


While Schultz and Fraites have already been playing music together for longer than eight years (previous band names include Free Beer, 6Cheek, and Wesley Jeremiah), they've only been known as The Lumineers for the last four due to a mistake. Cleopatra

"We were playing a tiny club in Jersey City, N.J.," explains Schultz, "and there was clearly a band out there at the time called Lumineers who had been slotted for the same time, same day, the next week. The person running the demonstrate that night [mistakenly] announced us as The Lumineers."

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

So how are Schultz's teeth? "I possess 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 reflect on the stories of individuals around them. The allusions are smarter with song titles named after fictional heroines and the commentary is far more reflective. Throughout Cleopatra there are a lot of references to home, tstagnancy, fame, and looking back; this can be fitting for a band that had the last three years to think on their huge, immediate success.

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

The lyricism isn�t Cleopatra�s only strong side. You can find definite high points inside the slower moments such as the Americana tinged �Gale Song� and the Buckleyesque �My Eyes�, where we obtain a hint of some really lovely intimacy that, if expounded on (using a bit more grit), could really amount to something captivating.

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

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