posted February 5, 2013Tweet
In support of their debut album Lonesome Dreams, critically acclaimed LA-based band Lord Huron are set to embark on a West Coast run beginning in March, in addition to their upcoming U.K. tour and two sold out shows at Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn. The band is also confirmed to perform at Coachella in April. Lonesome Dreams, available now on the independent label IAMSOUND Records, continues to garner widespread praise—USA Today explains, “the indie-folk band paints a vivid landscape with upbeat, warm melodies and the dreamy vocals,” while The New York Times describes the music as, “pretty, multilayered Americana strumming and harmonizing.” Lord Huron, who made their network television debut on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” was featured in several year end lists, including NPR Music’s “10 Artists You Should Have Known in 2012,” as Esquire called them “the last true New Band You Need to Hear This Year.”
Originally a musical and visual solo project by lead singer and Michigan native-turned-Angeleno Ben Schneider, collaborators now include Mark Barry (percussion, vocals), Miguel Briseno (bass, percussion), and Tom Renaud (guitar, vocals). Schneider 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. Schneider’s passion for art and music are often intertwined, and he 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.
Lonesome Dreams follows the Mighty EP, which Pitchfork called “an invigorating listen” and The Los Angeles Times described as “full of lush acoustic guitars and Midwestern-accented harmonies as warm as a winter fireplace.” Lord Huron toured extensively throughout 2011 and 2012, including stops at SXSW, Outside Lands, Lollapalooza, and Sasquatch! Music Festival, while continuing to develop their live performance. The music video for the first single “Time to Run” premiered on NPR Music as a “First Watch.”
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