Lord Huron performing at Loufest 2015
|Genres||Indie folk, indie rock|
PIAS Recordings (UK)
|Past members||Brett Farkas
Lord Huron is an American indie folk band based in Los Angeles. The group's debut album, Lonesome Dreams, was released in 2012 on Iamsound in the US and Play It Again Sam in UK and Ireland in January 2013. Following the release of the album, the group appeared on The Tonight Show and their song "Ends of the Earth" was featured in the series finale of the television series Community. The band’s name was inspired by Lake Huron, the lake which band founder Ben Schneider grew up visiting, where he would spend evenings playing music around the campfire. Lord Huron's album Strange Trails was released in April 2015.
Founding member Ben Schneider began writing music in his hometown of Okemos, Michigan. Schneider went on to study visual art at the University of Michigan and finished his degree in France, before moving to New York City where he worked for an artist. In 2005, Schneider moved to Los Angeles. In 2010, Schneider formed Lord Huron as a solo project, recording his first few EPs entirely on his own and steadily adding members to help play in live shows, most of whom he had known since childhood.
- Ben Schneider – guitar, vocals
- Mark Barry – drums, percussion, vocals
- Miguel Briseño – bass, keys, percussion
- Tom Renaud – guitar, vocals
- Peter Mowry – guitar
- Brett Farkas – guitar and vocalist
- Karl Kerfoot – guitar and Vocalist
Their first full-length album, Lonesome Dreams, was released on October 9, 2012. It peaked at No. 3 on Billboard's Heatseekers Albums chart, selling 3,000 copies in its first week. The album has sold 87,000 copies in the United States as of April 2015.
With the release of Lonesome Dreams, the band also slowly released a series of music videos, all filmed in a western '70s style, which Schneider says was the focal point and narrative for the album. “We had this fun idea that Lonesome Dreams was kind of this series of old adventure tales. It's sort of a collection of pulp fiction and we wanted the videos to kind of reflect that and have that same feel and style,” Schneider said in an interview. They also decided to release a theatrical version of the videos.
The band released their sophomore album, Strange Trails, on April 6, 2015, in the United Kingdom and April 7, 2015, in the United States. The album debuted on the Billboard 200 at No. 23, and Folk Albums at No. 1, and No. 10 on the Top Album Sales chart, with 18,000 copies sold.
In popular culture
Their song "The Night We Met" is used in Season 1 Episode 18 of The CW's The Flash. "The Night We Met" also appears in Season 1 Episode 5 of the Netflix television series 13 Reasons Why in a dance scene with protagonists Clay Jensen and Hannah Baker. The song subsequently entered international music charts, after the release of the show, in the US, Australia, Canada, France, Sweden and the UK in April 2017.
In the 2015 movie Freeheld, the band's track "Louisa" is used in the country western dance scene where Julianne Moore and Ellen Page's character are dancing together.
Their song "Ends of the Earth" is the track of end credits of Season 3 Episode 12 of the Showtime television series Shameless and of Season 2 Episode 6 of the FXX television series Man Seeking Woman. "Ends of the Earth" also appears in the films Endless Love and Walking With Dinosaurs, as well as at the season 6 finale of the TV show Community.
The songs "She Lit a Fire", "Ends of the Earth", "Brother", "The Ghost on the Shore", and the previously-unreleased track "The Birds are Singing at Night" are all used in the film A Walk in the Woods.
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|"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.|
- Into the Sun EP (self-released, 2010)
- Mighty EP (Linian Music, 2010)
- Time to Run EP (Iamsound, 2012)
Other charted songs
|Song||Year||Peak chart positions||Album|
|US Hot Rock
|"Fool for Love"||2016||—||40||—||—||—||—||—||Strange Trails|
|"The Night We Met"||2017||84||5||78||58||166||83||77|
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that country.|
- Review, Allmusic
- Review, Pitchfork Media
- Review, Austin Chronicle
- Review, No Depression
- Review, Rolling Stone
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