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Colorado Band The Lumineers Kind of Met in the Sketchiest Way

Yes, it does involve meeting up with strangers in a basement, and no, your mother would not approve.

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Anna Webber/Getty Images

The Lumineers are about to return to their home state for three nights of shows, August 25-27, at Fiddler’s Green in Denver. But, they wouldn’t even be a band — one of the country’s biggest bands right now, at that — without this story that ultimately sketches us all out a little bit.

In a recent interview with Evening Standard in the UK, the band revealed how they first met, joking that Neyla Pekarek, the band’s cellist and a Denver native, was lucky to ‘make it out of her audition alive.’

No, they didn’t meet at school, an open mic night or party. Nope, not childhood friends either. The first time Pekarek met Wesley Schultz and Jeremiah Fraite was via Craigslist ad.

She then went to their home to audition in their basement — which is totally a ‘Craigslist Killer’ scenario waiting to unfold, right?

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Mike Coppola/Getty Images

Haven’t all of our parents warned us about the dangers of talking to strangers online? How about going into one’s basement? Oh, God. No thanks.

What a sigh of relief for all of them that no one turned out to be a murderer — just one of the most successful Americana bands of all time. Phew! Lifetime movie averted.

You can see all three Lumineers alive and well and not in a basement at Fiddler’s Green next weekend.

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