Listen to The Lumineers’ third studio album, ‘III’

    It tells the tale of a family grappling with addiction.

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    Indie folk band The Lumineers have unveiled their third studio album, simply titled III.

    The ambitious record is a change of pace for the group, who set out to tell the story of a fictional family grappling with addiction, inspired by John Steinbeck’s 1952 novel East of Eden. The LP is broken into three “chapters,” with each centering around one member of the family: matriarch Gloria, her son Jimmy and grandson Junior.

    But III only became a concept album after the band’s founding members—Wesley Schultz and Jeremiah Fraites—had written a few songs. “I don’t think we’re that bright or that gifted. That would be so much planning, and I think we just naturally wrote this record and got creative with the songs we had and found this cool kind of family emerge out of it,” Schultz told Riff Magazine. “We’d be totally lying if we sat there and said, ‘Gloria’s the grandma. Go! Let’s write this.’”

    The ten-track record features previously released singles “Gloria” and “It Wasn’t Easy to Be Happy for You.” A cover of Leonard Cohen’s “Democracy,” from his 1992 album The Future, is also included on III as a bonus track.

    The Lumineers’ last studio album, Cleopatra, came out in 2016. Earlier this year, they contributed “Nightshade” to For the Throne, an album inspired by HBO’s Game of Thrones.

    Stream III here: