Lord Huron

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Lord Huron
Lord Huron performing at Loufest 2015 (Ben Schneider pictured)
Lord Huron performing at Loufest 2015 (Ben Schneider pictured)
Background information
Years active2010–present
MembersBen Schneider
Mark Barry
Miguel Briseño
Tom Renaud
Past membersBrett Farkas
Peter Mowry
Karl Kerfoot

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 on January 13 in the UK and Ireland.[2][3][4][5][6] The band's third album, Vide Noir, was released on April 20, 2018.[7]

They are best known for their song "The Night We Met," which has been streamed over 500 million times.[8]


Formation (2010–2011)[edit]

Founding member Ben Schneider began writing music in his hometown of Lansing, Michigan. Schneider went on to study visual arts at the University of Michigan and finished his degree in France, before moving to New York City where he worked for an artist.[9] 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.[10] The band's name was inspired by Lake Huron, the lake which Schneider grew up visiting;[9] he spent evenings at the lake playing music around the campfire.[9]

Lonesome Dreams (2012–2013)[edit]

Lord Huron's first full-length album, Lonesome Dreams, was released on October 9, 2012.[11] It debuted at No. 5 on Billboard's Heatseekers Albums chart.[12]

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. In an interview, Schneider alluded to influence from a specific work, called "The Collected Works of Billy the Kid: Left-Handed Poems".[13] "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 during another interview. They also decided to release a theatrical version of the videos.[14]

Strange Trails (2014–2017)[edit]

The band released their second 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.[15] The song "The Night We Met" was RIAA certified gold on June 26, 2017 and certified platinum on February 15, 2018.[16]

Vide Noir (2018–present)[edit]

In January 2018, several short videos released on Lord Huron's official Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter accounts with short clips of audio led to speculation of an upcoming album release.[7] The album was officially announced to be the band's third album, Vide Noir, and was released on April 20, 2018.[17]

On January 26, 2018, Lord Huron released their first single from the album, a two-part song called "Ancient Names".[18][19] On February 16, 2018, Lord Huron released the next single, "Wait By the River".[20] On March 7, 2018 they made an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! to perform "Wait By The River".[21]

Lord Huron performed an extended preview of Vide Noir on March 8, 2018, at Teragram Ballroom in Los Angeles, CA. They debuted five songs off the new album: "Ancient Names (Part I)", "Ancient Names (Part II)", "Wait by the River", "Never Ever", and "Vide Noir".[22] On March 27, 2018, they performed another preview set at Le Poisson Rouge in New York. They played the same five new songs as at Teragram Ballroom plus two more songs from the yet-to-be-released album, "When the Night Is Over" and "Back From the Edge".[23]

On the day of the album release, April 20, 2018, Lord Huron played an official release show in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Schneider's home state.[24]

On July 11, 2018, Lord Huron recorded two Spotify Singles 'When the Night is Over' and Neil Young's 'Harvest Moon' at Spotify Studios.

On August 11, 2018, Lord Huron performed a medley of the songs Never Ever, When the Night is Over, and Moonbeam from the album Vide Noir on the CBS This Morning: Saturday Sessions.[25]

Band members[edit]


  • Ben Schneider – guitar, vocals, harmonica
  • Mark Barry – drums, percussion, vocals
  • Miguel Briseño – bass, keys, percussion, theremin
  • Tom Renaud – guitar, vocals


  • Brandon Walters – guitar, vocals[26]
  • Misty Boyce – keys, vocals


  • Peter Mowry – guitar
  • Brett Farkas – guitar, vocals
  • Karl Kerfoot – guitar, vocals
  • Anne Williamson – keys, vocals[27][28]

In popular culture[edit]

Their song "Ends of the Earth" has appeared numerous times onscreen. It plays during the end credits of the 12th episode of the third season of the Showtime television series Shameless and the 6th episode of the second season of FXX's Man Seeking Woman. "Ends of the Earth" also appears in the films Endless Love, Walking With Dinosaurs (2013), and A Walk in the Woods, as well as at the series finale of the TV show Community. It is also used in the series finale of the Netflix series Longmire, in the Netflix Documentary Unbranded, and in TV commercials for jewelry company Zales, automaker Hyundai, and sporting-goods company Eddie Bauer. This song is also played during the end credits of the 2015 film, Road Hard. Country singer Kenny Chesney covered this song on his 2018 album, "Songs for the Saints".

The song "The Night We Met" is used in the 5th episode of the fourth season of The Affair on Showtime, in the 22nd episode of the second season of The CW's "The Originals", the 18th episode of the first season of The CW's The Flash, in the 4th episode of the second season of NBC’s The Night Shift, and in the 5th episode of the first season of the Netflix television series 13 Reasons Why, and again in the 13th episode of the second season of the latter.[29] At the end of the last episode of Season One of 9-1-1 Lone Star, “Austin, We Have a Problem.”[30]

In the 2015 film Freeheld, the band's track "Louisa" is used in the country western dance scene where Julianne Moore and Ellen Page's characters are dancing together.

The band's track "Fool for Love" is used in the end credits of the episode "Wedding Day" of HBO's Girls and "Bonnie" of Lovesick, and was also featured in the Season 7 episode "Hyperion Heights" of Once Upon A Time.[31]

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.[32]

Their song "The Yawning Grave" appears in the 11th episode of the seventh season of The CW's The Vampire Diaries.

The song "Lonesome Dreams" is used in the 7th episode of the first season of HBO's Togetherness.[33]

The song "When the Night is Over" appears in the 15th episode of the third season of Chicago Med and “TCM Remembers 2018”.

The song "Love Like Ghosts" appears in the 9th episode of the ninth season of Shameless.

The song "Time to Run" appears in the 12th episode of the ninth season of Grey's Anatomy.

"Moonbeam" and "Ancient Names Pt. 1" are used in the 15th episode of the second season of The Good Doctor.



Title Album details Chart positions Sales Track lists
US Heat
US Folk
US Rock
Lonesome Dreams
  • Released: October 9, 2012
  • Label: Iamsound
  • Format: Digital download, CD, vinyl
179 3 64 97

US: 87,000[38]

Strange Trails
  • Released: April 7, 2015
  • Label: Iamsound
  • Format: Digital download, CD, vinyl
23 1 2 108 70 95
Vide Noir
  • Release date: April 20, 2018
  • Label: Republic
  • Format:
9 1 2 134

US: 28,000[39]

"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Extended plays[edit]

  • Into the Sun EP (self-released, 2010)
  • Mighty EP (Linian Music, 2010)
  • Time to Run EP (Iamsound, 2012)


Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album



"The World Ender" 2015 28 Strange Trails
"Fool for Love" 3 40 131
"The Night We Met" 2017 84 7 5 23 78 44 58 115 28 74 77
"Ancient Names (Part I)" 2018 45 Vide Noir
"Wait by the River" 14 47
"Never Ever" 26
"The Night We Met"
(featuring Phoebe Bridgers)
25 160 [A] 13 Reasons Why Season 2 Soundtrack
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that country.


  1. ^ "The Night We Met" (featuring Phoebe Bridgers) did not enter the UK Singles Chart, but peaked at number 99 on the UK Singles Downloads Chart.[48]


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