Ho Hey by The Lumineers
The Lumineers are a folk rook band that was formed by Wesley Schultz and Jeremiah Fraites and started performing around New York. After a few years, they decided to move to Denver, Colorado. After running an ad in Craigslist they meet Neyla Pekarek, and she joined the band in 2010. Later in 2012, Stelth Ulvang and Ben Wahamaki joined the band. According to the band their music and lyrics are very simple with a certain cinematic aspect to it.
Their style of music does fit nicely into the so-called root revival that is happening now in music. The band became very popular off the hit “Ho Hey”. This song was written by Wesley Schultz and Jeremiah Fraites and has been featured in many TV shows and commercials.
The music video for “Ho Hey” was released on March 11, 2012. The director of the video was Ben Fee, who has worked on several projects with The Lumineers before being picked to direct the video. Fee also brought in Masses director Elliot Sellers to help him shoot the video. The video only features Wesley Schultz, Jeremiah Fraites, and Neyla Pekarek of the band.
Ben actually filmed a video for the band when they first meet the three in September of 2010. In that video, the band was in an apartment walking toward the camera singing “Ho Hey”, and ended the video in the kitchen. As the band became popular touring, he noticed the reaction people had with the band. So, for the official video he tried to bring the earlier video he filmed and the reaction of the fans to The Lumineers into one video.
The official video mimics the first video shot in 2010, with the band walking toward the camera in much of the video. Instead of being in an apartment, the official video has them in an abandoned building. As the music builds, the band is joined by their friends and they bring the old building to life with their dancing, shouts, and hollers of Ho Hey. The video ends with the band performing the song in the middle of their friends with graffiti following down around the band and their friends. The video does showcase the relationship between the band and their fans.
“Ho Hey” is a very catchy song. One of those songs you hear and start singing and stomping your feet almost immediately. Though the lyrics are very simple, there many interpretations to the what the lyrics mean. The protagonist is trying to convince his “sweetheart” that he has changed and that they belong together, but she may have moved on and is in another relationship.
Though the lyrics are are about longing and unrequited love it is very uplifting and happy song. The lyrics are accompanied by the chants of Ho Hey in the background. Then the chorus picks up the tempo of the song. This leaves the listener uplifted and feeling great almost like hearing your favorite Christmas Carol during the Christmas season.