One of the biggest word of mouth successes of the year, Western pop conquistadors Lord Huron return to British shores this August for new dates after this month's sold-out show at London's Scala. The Michigan band, whose debut album Lonesome Dreams - a joyous collision of Appalachian percussion, rustic guitars and sumptuous harmonies lit up by lens-flare flashes of electronics - has won them rave reviews, play the following shows later this summer:
Saturday 17 August - Green Man Festival, Brecon Beacons, Wales
Sunday 18 August - Whelan's, Dublin, Ireland
Monday 19 August - Goat's Toe, Bangor
The band have also been invited to tour with Mercury Music Prize winners Alt-J in their US homeland
Described as "a mysterious, powerful force" by LA Weekly, the band have also been invited to tour with Mercury Music Prize winners Alt-J in their US homeland in September and their live shows brings to life the effervescent noises of Lonesome Dreams, an album as vast and easy to lose yourself in as a Sergio Leone cinescape. Inspired by the rust coloured canyons and characters of the Wild West (with the emphasis on wild), the record also encompasses short films, intriguing artwork and a series of imagined novels by a fictional ageing wordsmith, the mysterious George Ranger Johnson. "I'm interested in creating a world with its own mythology," says the Michigan native. "I look at different media as ways to enrich the story."
Lord Huron began as a solo endeavour in 2010 but Schneider has since enlisted some of his "best amigos" to turn his songs into a powerful live experience: Mark Barry (percussion, vocals), Miguel Briseno (bass, percussion), Brett Farkas (guitar, vocals) and Tom Renaud (guitar, vocals). "We've got a pretty good working relationship," he says. "A good wrestling match can solve almost anything we disagree about." Here's something pretty much everyone can agree on - with their sprawling cinematic sound coming to even more UK venues this summer, it's looking like a blockbuster summer for Lord Huron.