Though it's virtually impossible to classify the thoroughly unique entity that is The Roosevelts, this statement by guitarist Jason Kloess certainly tells part of the story. As one half of the electric duo along with singer James Mason, the two brothers in song - not blood, though maybe beards - have been playing together for years and cultivating a sound that's a little bluesy, a little bit country, a little bit rock 'n' roll. Sure, there's some mandolin in there. But most importantly, there's no bells, no whistles, no sparkly wallet chains: just heartfelt, genuine music that belongs to them alone, not any genre. "We hope our music will break your heart and make you shout for joy, all at the same time," says Kloess. And it certainly will. Formed in 2012 when Mason and Kloess were introduced through a mutual friend in their current hometown of Austin, Texas, they've followed their natural inclination to write songs that tap into pure emotion shaped with jubilant musicianship and introspective lyrics, building a devoted fan base along the way – a fan base that Mason and Kloess often make sure to chat with on a first-name basis out in the crowd as much as from the stage. Because this is a band about breaking down walls, not building them up.