Lonesome Dreams, the first full-length album from rising LA-based bandLord Huron, will be released October 9 on the independent labelIAMSOUND Records. Lord Huron is a musical and visual project created by lead-singer and Michigan native-turned-Angeleno Ben Schneider. The new record follows the Mighty EP, which was praised by NPR and that Pitchfork called "an invigorating listen." Additionally The Los Angeles Times described the EP as "full of lush acoustic guitars and Midwestern-accented harmonies as warm as a winter fireplace." The first single off the new release "Time to Run" recently premiered on Pitchfork and the video for the track premiered on NPR Music. To support the debut, the band will embark on a U.S. tour this fall. (See below for details).
Originally a solo project by Schneider under the alter ego Lord Huron, collaborators now include Mark Barry (percussion, vocals), Miguel Briseno (bass, percussion), Brett Farkas (guitar, vocals) and Tom Renaud (guitar, vocals). Schneider was born in Michigan and started playing music as a child-most often on summer nights around the campfire on Lake Huron. He went on to study art in college and lived in France and New York before moving to Los Angeles in 2005 to pursue a career in the visual arts. His passion for art and music are often intertwined, and Schneider has composed music for various visual art projects over the years. His work is continually inspired by his outdoor explorations, landscape, and water in particular. In 2010, Schneider self-released his first EP, Into the Sun, online, complete with original artwork. The songs gained traction and Schneider set to work recruiting musicians to help him translate the recordings into a live performance.
Lord Huron toured extensively throughout 2011, including stops at SXSW, Outside Lands and Lollapalooza, while continuing to develop their live performances. The first official music video for the song "Stranger," off the second EP, Mighty, was conceived by the band and shot by Jacob Mendel on the shores of Lake Huron: http://vimeo.com/19583675.