New Release & Video: The Lumineers – It Wasn’t Easy To Be Happy For You

The Lumineers share the next instalment from their upcoming full-length visual album III, out 13th September

Their new track ‘It Wasn’t Easy To Be Happy For You’ is the first song taken from the album’s second chapter, ‘Junior Sparks’

The new album is a cinematic narrative told in three chapters, with the songs from each chapter focusing on one primary character from the three generations of the fictional Sparks Family. Each chapter will be released as an audio EP within the full-length album. Songs and videos from Chapter I, ‘Gloria Sparks’ were released this past spring, and ‘It Wasn’t Easy To Be Happy For You’ marks the first release from the second chapter ‘Junior Sparks’, the grandson of the aforementioned Gloria. Chapter III will revolve around Gloria’s son, Jimmy Sparks

Take a listen to ‘It Wasn’t Easy To Be Happy For You’, below…

Each of the songs from The Lumineers’ new album will be released as individual music videos that collectively tell the visual story of the three generations of the Sparks family. ‘Leader Of The Landslide’ the next song from Junior Sparks will be released on August 2nd with a video for it coming August 5th, and the chapter’s third song ‘Left For Denver’ will be available on August 16th with the video coming August 19th. All the videos for III are directed by Kevin Phillips and produced by Neighborhood Watch

The stories told, as the chapters unfold, deal with subjects very close to the heart of lead vocalist, Wesley Schultz. He explains: “Gloria is an addict. Her character was inspired by a member of my family, and no amount of love or resources could save her. She’s now been homeless for over a year. Loving an addict is like standing among the crashing waves, trying to bend the will of the sea”


Chapter i – Gloria Sparks

  1. Donna
  2. Life In The City
  3. Gloria

Chapter ii – Junior Sparks

  1. It Wasn’t Easy To Be Happy For You
  2. Leader Of The Landslide
  3. Left For Denver

Chapter iii – Jimmy Sparks

  1. My Cell
  2. Jimmy Sparks
  3. April
  4. Salt And The Sea

Tour dates as follows…

November 1 – Campo Pequeno, Lisbon, Portugal
November 2 – WiZink Center, Madrid, Spain
November 4 – Alcatraz, Milan, Italy
November 6 – Halle 622, Zurich, Switzerland
November 7 – Zenith, Munich, Germany
November 9 – Gasometer, Vienna, Austria
November 10 – Forum Karlin, Prague, Czech Republic
November 13 – Sporthalle, Hamburg, Germany
November 14 – Verti Music Hall, Berlin, Germany
November 16 – Ancienne Belgique, Brussels, Belgium
November 18 – TivoliVredenburg, Utrecht, Netherlands
November 19 – Palladium, Cologne, Germany
November 20 – Le Zénith, Paris, France
November 22 – The SSE Hydro, Glasgow, UK
November 24 – Manchester Arena, Manchester, UK
November 27 – The O2, London, UK
November 29 – 3Arena, Dublin, Ireland


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