Lord Huron is a musical and visual project created by Ben Schneider. Originally a solo project, collaborators now include Mark Barry (percussion, vocals), Miguel Briseno (bass,...Expand
Lord Huron is a musical and visual project created by Ben Schneider.
Originally a solo project, collaborators now include Mark Barry (percussion,
vocals), Miguel Briseno (bass, percussion) and Tom Renaud (guitar,
vocals). Ben Schneider was born in Michigan and started playing music
as a child, on his father's acoustic guitar. The senior Schneider wasn't a
musician by trade, but he had learned a bit during his downtime on ships in
the Navy. Schneider's father would bring the instrument out from time to
time — most often on summer nights around the campfire up onLake
Huron — to strum and hum the songs he knew. After learning the basics,
Schneider began his formal training in the school orchestra. He played
upright bass and fiddled with many other instruments, both acoustic and
electric, and began recording original music on a four-track cassette
Schneider studied art in college and lived inFranceandNew Yorkbefore
moving toLos Angelesin 2005 to pursue a career in the visual arts. Music
was an everpresent pastime, whether through bands or personal projects.
Passions often intertwined, and Schneider composed music for various
visual art projects over the years. His work was continually inspired by his
outdoor explorations, landscape, and water in particular.
In May 2010, Schneider traveled home toMichiganand spent a week on
the shores of Lake Huron. For several months he had been writing songs
and designing artwork inLos Angeles, though he wasn't sure exactly
where his ideas were headed. There at the lake, where many of his
formative experiences had come to pass, Schneider recorded the three
songs that would comprise the Into the Sun EP. Like most of his work up to
that point, the Into the Sun tracks were heavily influenced by places.
Schneider had recently taken trips to Indonesia and Mexico, and the sights
and sounds of those places had lingered with him. His return toLake
Huron helped these influences to coalesce. He released the EP online in
June and dispersed a small number of CDs complete with the artwork he
had been working on. With help from a post bySan Franciscobloggers,
Yours Truly, the songs quickly gained traction online and Schneider set to
work recruiting musicians to help him translate the recordings into a
performance. Lord Huron's first live show was in August 2010.
On November 4th, 2010, Schneider released his second EP, Mighty. The
four-song recording received immediate attention from critics and fans,
bolstered by an 8.0 rating from Pitchfork. Lord Huron's first official music
video, for the single "The Stranger," was released in January 2011. The
wintery video was conceived by the band and shot by Jacob Mendel in the
same location where Schneider recorded Into the Sun.
The band toured heavily in 2011,continuing to develop the live show. They played across
the country, including performances at South by Southwest, Outside Lands and
Lollapalooza. Mark Barry andTom Renaud, childhood friends of Schneider, moved to
LosAngeles to join Lord Huron,while Miguel Briseno also originally hails from Michigan.
The band has workedhard torecreate the densely layered recordings in the live setting.
Barrywas principal in thiseffort, particularly early on as the band was stillforming. He plays
several instrumentsduring the course of a performance(often at the same time) and is a
guiding force in thearrangement of the show.
In January 2012, Lord Huron signed with independent label, IAMSOUND
Records. The first full-length album from Lord Huron, Lonesome
Dreams was released in September 2012.