Lord Huron

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Lord Huron
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Lord Huron performing at Loufest 2015 (Ben Schneider pictured)
Background information
Origin Michigan
Years active 2010–present
Website www.lordhuron.com
Members Ben Schneider
Mark Barry
Miguel Briseño
Tom Renaud
Past members Brett Farkas
Peter Mowry
Karl Kerfoot

Lord Huron is an American indie 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.[2][3][4][5][6] 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.[7] The band's third album, Vide Noir, was released on April 20, 2018.[8]


Formation (2010–2011)[edit]

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.[7] 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.[9]

Lonesome Dreams (2012–2013)[edit]

Their first full-length album, Lonesome Dreams, was released on October 9, 2012.[10] 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.[11]

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.[12]

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.[13] The song "The Night We Met" was RIAA certified gold on June 26, 2017 and certified platinum on February 15, 2018.[14]

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.[8] The album was officially announced to be the band's third album, Vide Noir, and was released on April 20, 2018.[15]

On January 26, 2018, Lord Huron released their first single from the Vide Noir album, a two part song called Ancient Names.[16][17]. On February 16, 2018, Lord Huron released the next single, Wait By the River.[18] On March 7, 2018 they made an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! to perform Wait By The River.[19]

Lord Huron performed an extended preview of Vide Noir on March 8, 2018 at Teragram Ballroom in Los Angeles, CA, debuting five songs off the new album, Ancient Names (Part I), Ancient Names (Part II), Wait by the River, Never Ever, and Vide Noir.[20] 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″.[21]

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.[22]

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[23]
  • Anne Williamson – keys, vocals[24][25]


  • Peter Mowry – guitar
  • Brett Farkas – guitar, vocals
  • Karl Kerfoot – guitar, vocals

In popular culture[edit]

Their song "Ends of the Earth" has appeared numerous times onscreen. It plays during the end credits of Season 3 Episode 12 of the Showtime television series Shameless and 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 DinosaursCarrie (2014), 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 a TV commercial for jewelry company Zales.

Their song "The Night We Met" is used in Season 2 Episode 22 of The CW's "The Originals" and 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, and again in Season 2 Episode 13.[26] 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. The Song was also used in Season 4 Episode 5 of The Affair.

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 characters are dancing together.

The band's track "Fool for Love" is used in the end credits of Season 5 Episode 1 of HBO's Girls as well as in Season 7 Episode 1 of Once Upon A Time.[27]

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.[28]

Their song "The Yawning Grave" appears in Season 7 Episode 11 of The CW television series The Vampire Diaries.

The song "Lonesome Dreams" is used in the 7th episode of the first season of HBO's Togetherness.[29]



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[11]

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[34]

"—" 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)


Song Year Peak chart positions 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" 31
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that country.


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