The always-ironic Hipster Runoff torch bearer, “Carles,” recently wrote a lengthy and angry post about Denver’s own the Lumineers. In it, the (likely) he/(though possibly) she denounces the group as a “post-country-twee-honkie-drankin-beer-at-a-festival” band too disingenuous to warrant attention.
As with all of them, this Runoff post must be read with many grains of salt and a fair sense of humor, but with more than 6,000 Facebook shares to its title, it certainly begs a question.
Have the Lumineers gotten so big, so fast that they’re primed for a wondrous wave of backlash?
It was little more than a year ago that the group got its first big break when “Ho Hey” was played on an episode of the CW’s TV program “Heart of Dixie.” Now they’re up for two Grammys, have a double-platinum selling single, a gold selling album and the 12th most popular song in the world.
A quick look at the group’s resume is enough to make any struggling artist jealous with envy.
But the group put in their time-in-the-trenches between struggling in the New York music scene and playing small Denver clubs. As stories go, though, it’s a lot easier to attract attention to the idea that this group was an overnight success.
So is this a case of one writer waking up to a band late and claiming it to be little more than a well-crafted image, a cranky disposition toward one of Colorado’s own, or something in-between?
Regardless of Hipster Runoff and its readers’ opinions, the Lumineers still have those Grammy nominations, a string of sold out tour dates through the next couple months and are performing on Saturday Night Live next Saturday (Jan. 19 for the DVR users).
Indie music blogger Nic Turiciano is a writer in Fort Collins. You can follow him on Twitter at @nic_turishawno or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.