Spaghetti Western Harmony Warms Lord Huron Dreams: Julyundefined
Thick fog, a backdrop of sprawling canyons and the sound of birds chirping conjured a wilderness feeling inside Webster Hall on June 21 as Lord Huron took the stage.
Frontman Ben Schneider strummed his acoustic guitar and gently sang the opening lines to “Ends of the Earth,” soon joined by rolling drums and western-style electric guitar. The five-piece harmonized, which they would do all evening.
The band then glided into “The Man Who Lives Forever.” A deep bass line ebbed and flowed with tapping percussion for an infectious samba feel.
Schneider, who now resides in California, was vacationing in the Lake Huron area of his home state of Michigan back in 2010 when he wrote the songs that would soon be found on the band’s first EP. Since then, Lord Huron has toured extensively. The 2012 debut full-length record, “Lonesome Dreams,” was a consistent listen from front to back.
The title track came up next at last month’s concert. The crowd cheered at the first notes. Schneider used chimes for the start of “We Went Wild,” which soon acquired snappy drums and jangly guitars. As the pace picked up, Schneider put down his guitar and lost his cowboy hat as he joined in vigorously on percussion. The song’s energy got the house dancing.
In the lull before the next tune, Schneider played harmonica for the opening of “The Ghost on the Shore,” a dreamy number. For “She Lit a Fire,” the guitars perked up, the drums marched and the crowd sang along.
The band kept the pulse high as the celebratory track “The Stranger” kicked in. Muscular drumming, guitar scales and slide work had the audience jumping around. It was a fine first night of summer with Lord Huron’s spaghetti-western flare as soundtrack.
The band’s U.S. tour includes several music festivals such as XPoNential in Camden, New Jersey, and Newport Folk in Rhode Island. The group will be supporting Alt-J for a monthlong tour that hits Central Park’s SummerStage on Sept. 15.
Here’s a selection of New York-area shows in July. Please note that opening bands aren’t always listed. Shows marked (SO) are sold out, although online services such as Craigslist often have tickets.
July 2 Pretty Lights at Output (SO) July 3 Richard Cheese & Lounge Against the Machine at Bowery Ballroom July 4 The Feelies at Maxwell’s (SO) July 5 Cayucas at Mercury Lounge (Early) Nude Beach/Prince Rubert’s Drops at Knitting Factory July 6 She & Him/Camera Obscura at Central Park SummerStage (SO) July 7 Preservation Hall Jazz Band at McKittrick Hotel July 8 CSS/IO Echo at Bowery Ballroom July 9 Bass Drum of Death/The So So Glos at Glasslands Gallery July 10 The Polyphonic Spree at Bowery Ballroom Heartless Bastards/JBM at Music Hall of Williamsburg (SO) July 11 Savages at Webster Hall (SO) Belle & Sebastian/Yo La Tengo at Prospect Park Bandshell (SO) July 12 Phish at Jones Beach Amphitheater (SO) July 13 Rachel Yamagata/Sanders Bohike at Bowery Ballroom (SO) July 14 Inc./Kelela at Music Hall of Williamsburg July 15 Titus Andronicus at Maxwell’s (SO) July 16 Wire/Bear in Heaven at Bowery Ballroom July 17 OMD/Diamond Rings at Terminal 5 July 18 Mikal Cronin at MoMA (Free) July 19 Kisses at Mercury Lounge (Late) July 20 Antibalas/The Stepkids at Bell House July 21 Ted Leo/Shellshag at Maxwell’s (SO) July 22 Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue/Soulive/Anders Osborne at Central Park SummerStage July 23 Phil Lesh & Friends at Capitol Theater July 24 New Order/Holy Ghost! at Williamsburg Park Father John Misty/Wild Nothing at Terminal 5 July 25 Foxygen/Thao & The Get Down Stay Down at Hudson River Park Pier 84 (Free) July 26 Bob Dylan/Wilco/My Morning Jacket at Pier A (Hoboken, New Jersey) July 27 Woods/Alex Bleeker & the Freaks at Bowery Ballroom July 28 The Gaslight Anthem/The Hold Steady at Hudson River Park Pier 26 July 29 Youth Lagoon/Prince Rama at Webster Hall July 30 Lee Ranaldo (of Sonic Youth) and the Dust at Maxwell’s (SO) July 31 The Love Language/Eternal Summers at Mercury Lounge
(Jaime Widder works in sales for Bloomberg News. Any opinions expressed are his own.)
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