Music Hall of Williamsburg
Lord Huron

Lord Huron

Faces On Film

Sun, February 24, 2013

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

Music Hall of Williamsburg

Brooklyn, NY

$15 advance / $17 day of show

This event is 18 and over

Lord Huron
Lord Huron
Lord Huron is a musical and visual project created by Ben Schneider. Originally a solo project, collaborators now include Mark Barry (percussion, vocals), Miguel Briseno (bass, percussion), Brett Farkas (guitar, vocals) and Tom Renaud (guitar, vocals). Ben Schneider was born in Michigan and started playing music as a child. He studied 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.

In May 2010, Schneider traveled home to Michigan and spent a week on the shores of Lake Huron. There at the lake, where many of his formative experiences had come to pass, Schneider recorded the three songs that would comprise the Into the Sun EP. He released the EP online in June and dispersed a small number of CDs complete with his own artwork. Lord Huron's first live show was in August 2010. Schneider released his second EP, Mighty, in November 2010.

The band toured heavily in 2011, continuing to develop a live show. In January 2012, Lord Huron signed with independent label, IAMSOUND Records. The first full-length album from Lord Huron, Lonesome Dreams will be released in September 2012.
Faces On Film
Faces On Film
Listening to “Bad Star,” the fifth song on the new Faces on Film album, you’ll be tempted to avert your eyes, maybe feel a little guilty: Should I be hearing this? It’s so private, so deeply felt, that it imparts the sensation of eavesdropping on someone’s conversation on the train. You shouldn’t lean in for more, but you do. You can’t help it.

“Bad Star” sounds like one side of an intense conversation between Mike Fiore, the mastermind behind the Boston-based band, and presumably a loved one, perhaps a romantic interest.

You said I wasn’t looking too well
That night I wasn’t myself
Oh, I was just saying my lines
I was just part of the shine

That bare-bones intimacy and clarity are at the heart of “Elite Lines,” which Fiore will self-release on March 25. It’s Faces on Film’s third album since debuting in 2008 and marks a major leap forward for Fiore as songwriter unafraid to let the listener in.

“I’m hoping that maybe some of the imagery is more direct, that the characters are easier to identify,” Fiore says. “And I think I’m doing a better job as a writer that when I say ‘me’ in a song, I’m actually talking about myself.”

His first two albums (2008’s “The Troubles” and 2011’s “Some Weather”) were heard in a haze. Watercolor vocals soaked in reverb told stories shrouded in mystery but full of emotion. You couldn’t always figure out what he meant, but his conviction and mystique drew you in. Mood often trumped hard meaning, and Fiore liked it that way.

“Elite Lines,” which Fiore recorded both at home and at Q Division Studios in Somerville, Mass., with engineer-producer Rafi Sofer, lifts the veil a bit, giving you a clearer idea of where Fiore is coming from. Nothing is too obvious, of course, nor is it too opaque, either.

Asked about touchstones for this new record, he sends an email with links to 10 songs that he kept in heavy rotation while making it. They’re all over the map, from Harry Nilsson’s majestic version of “Many Rivers to Cross” to the rumbling bass and R&B beat of Frank Ocean’s “Swim Good” to the cosmic country of Neil Young’s “I Believe in You.”

“Elite Lines” casts a similarly wide net, revealing new layers and shades of Fiore. A bluesy swagger underpins the stomp and sway of “Rake the Dust,” while “Heartspeed” pulses with an R&B sensuality that belies the danger lurking beneath those thick bass lines.

If it weren’t anchored by those clanging drums, “Daytime Nowhere” would likely drift into the cosmos to mingle alongside spectral songs by Cocteau Twins or Beach House. Then there’s “Percy,” which opens the album on a primal note: Fiore’s voice is lithe and nearly vaporous as it hovers over the tribal percussion and a psychedelic interlude that probably sounds even better after a hit of acid.

The album takes its name from a wordless but wondrous guitar piece that lasts just over a minute but lingers with its acoustic finger-picking that’s, somehow, both barbed and beautiful.

The song came to Fiore in a dream, prompting him to get out of bed and record it in the middle of the night on his phone before reshaping it later in the studio. That moment neatly sums up what Fiore was trying to accomplish on “Elite Lines.”

“When that happens, when you’ve got something good,” he says, “you gotta hold up your end of the bargain and go wake up and at least capture it.”
Venue Information:
Music Hall of Williamsburg
66 North 6th St
Brooklyn, NY, 11211
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