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  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,...

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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

machine. 

 

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.