by Cormack O'Connor in New Music on Wednesday 17 April 2013

Denver five piece, The Lumineers, have been creating quite a buzz lately with their debut album reaching gold certification not only in Australia, but in the UK, USA and Canada, as well. With this in mind, I wasn’t surprised to find out that their first Australian show had to have a venue upgrade due to overwhelming demand.

It was obvious that the crowd was excited before I had even entered Sydney’s beautiful Enmore Theatre. There was a buzz in the air and the sold out crowd seemed responsible for it. Walking inside to an already packed out floor space, I pushed my way towards the front.

The Lumineers burst onto stage with jubilant grins on their faces, picked up their instruments and swung straight into the insanely happy, foot stomping sounds of Submarines. All was well for the first few bars until a spot of trouble reared its head. The cause? A hired keyboard which didn’t want to play.

After two failed attempts and a “fuck it”, the five piece jumped straight into a guitar driven version. We were also treated to the early arrival of a new song identified on the setlist simply as Duet.

In fact, the whole show was a treat – for both the crowd and the performers. For their first ever Australian show, the Colorado folk band were surprised by the rousing response they received. They even asked that we be quiet while they played an acoustic tune, using the natural acoustics of the theatre.

Set highlights included a stripped back performance of Slow It Down, which featured only Wesley Schultz and Jeremiah Fraites (the two founding members) on stage, and crowd favourite, Big Parade.