Lonesome Dreams, the first full-length album from rising LA-based band Lord Huron, was released October 2012 on the independent label IAMSOUND Records. Lord Huron is a musical and visual project created by lead-singer and Michigan native-turned-Angeleno Ben Schneider. The new record follows the Mighty EP, which was praised by NPR and that Pitchfork called “an invigorating listen.” Additionally The Los Angeles Times described the EP as “full of lush acoustic guitars and Midwestern-accented harmonies as warm as a winter fireplace.” The teaser trailer for the first single “Time to Run” off the new release can be viewed here:
Originally a solo project by Schneider under the alter ego Lord Huron, collaborators now include Mark Barry (percussion, vocals), Miguel Briseno (bass, percussion), Brett Farkas (guitar, vocals) and Tom Renaud (guitar, vocals). Schneider was born in Michigan and started playing music as a child—most often on summer nights around the campfire on Lake Huron. He went on to study art in college and lived in France and New York before moving to Los Angeles in 2005 to pursue a career in the visual arts. His passion for art and music are often intertwined, and Schneider has composed music for various visual art projects over the years. His work is continually inspired by his outdoor explorations, landscape, and water in particular. In 2010, Schneider self-released his first EP, Into the Sun, online, complete with original artwork. The songs gained traction and Schneider set to work recruiting musicians to help him translate the recordings into a live performance.
Lord Huron toured extensively throughout 2011, including stops at SXSW, Outside Lands and Lollapalooza, while continuing to develop their live performances. The first official music video for the song “Stranger,” off the second EP, Mighty, was conceived by the band and shot by Jacob Mendel on the shores of Lake Huron:
“The production of his debut is appropriately epic, its echoing acoustic guitars and yearning, Fleet Foxy vocals mixed with cowboy cattle calls and Pawnee chants.” – The Observer 4/5
“cavernous production, massed campfire guitars and rolling melodies conjure prairies, river and mountains from shore to shining shore.” UNCUT 4/5
“What sets the project apart is the level of their craft and the feeling of travel and discovery in the lyrics and sound.”—LA Weekly
“It’s ambitious, beguiling stuff.” – Rolling Stone
“poised precisely at the edge of weightlessness.” – New York Times
“Best of What’s Next”—Paste
AFTER THE GIG
Whelan’s Indie DJ in the bar and Sonntags upstairs from 11pm til late or you might even catch the end of Jaime Nanci and the Blue Boys in the front bar (9pm, Free).