The Lumineers, a folk-rock trio out of Denver, Colorado, deliver an acoustic-based American sound that touches a lot of stylistic bases, from folk to gospel to heartland rock and the narrative end of country, all with interesting rhythmic twists and turns.
The band had its beginings in 2002 when Jeremiah Fraites lost his 19-year-old brother Josh to a drug overdose. Fraites and his brother's best friends, WEsley Schultz, turned to music to deal with their sorrow, and were soon writing songs and gigging together in New York area as a duo. After relocating to Denver, the pair met classically trained multi-instrumentalist Neyla Pekarek after placing a Craiglist ad for a cellist, and things clicked for the trio, who began playing open mike nights at the Meadowlark-- a basement club where local songwriters gathered- developing a fresh sound that defies tight classification (although front porch Americana might cover it), with a touch of gospel stomp tossed it.
The lumineers released a demon EP in 2009, following it with an eponymous EP in 2011.