They just announced their highly-anticipated fourth studio album. Now, we’re getting set to join the band as they tell us all about it.
“We’ve been sitting on it for what feels like forever, but it’s only been a few months,” frontman Wesley Schultz said. “Normally you make a record and they tell you to wait around and twiddle your thumbs, so this is more of an instant gratification to have it out so quickly.”
A new album wasn’t always in the cards for The Lumineers. The band was dealt a tough hand as they had released their third studio album III just months before the COVID-19 pandemic shut everything down. While they were able to tour and promote the album for a short period, it didn’t go the way they had originally planned it. While things were shut down, it led to an idea.
“Going back a ways, there was a conversation about ‘let’s try to make an album’ so that when things start to open up again and concerts can happen again we won’t feel so behind the curve,” Jeremiah Fraites said. “We just had to swallow that pill that the tour and album three was just gone and it wasn’t coming back. While that was hard, it gave me and Wes a lot of inspiration.”
“I don’t think Wes or I really thought we had a full album in us,” he added. “I personally didn’t think we had a full album, and then we did. It was an interesting process to say the least.”
The making of BRIGHTSIDE represented a wildly different approach than what The Lumineers usually do on studio records. “The album felt like we were kids playing around, like you were learning how to paint and you had all these new colors,” Schultz said. “There was an innocence to the approach.”
Schultz then used an interesting analogy to describe the new record. It’s full of songs that are like “Angela,” their hit single off their sophomore album Cleopatra. “Sometimes when we used to make records, it’d be like ‘oh we need to make another song or two.’ And there’d be these buzzer-beaters songs. ‘Angela’ is a great example of that,” he said.
“The whole album is like a bunch of ‘Angela’s,’ like, last minute we don’t really know what we’re doing, but we’re really curious and really kind of open.”