LIVE REVIEW: Lord Huron @ Fonda Theatre, LA 2/28/14
Nearly two years since the release of their debut album, indie folk band Lord Huron retains a buzz worthy quality capable of selling out two consecutive nights at The Fonda Theatre in LA.
As the stage hands began to prepare the stage with lights and props for Lord Huron, it was clear that a unique experience was guaranteed this evening. A five-piece mariachi group appeared on stage prior to Lord Huron’s performance and warmed up the crowd with a rendition of “El Mariachi Loco.” They then proceeded to introduce Lord Huron in Spanish with, “It’s a great pleasure to introduce one of the best rock bands from Los Angeles, Lord Huron!” (translated)
A magical feeling began to circulate the venue, a peaceful sense as Lord Huron started with Lonesome Dreams opening track “Ends Of The Earth.” A countryside backdrop could be seen projected off long, streamer-like curtains that hung behind the band. The time of day and weather changed accordingly to the song being played, which gave the overall performance a theatrical-like production. The quintet kept the chatter to a minimal, choosing to create atmospheric sounds in between songs, the set felt like a complete storyline. Before playing “We Went Wild” lead singer Ben Schneider thanked everyone in attendance and said “It’s so good to be back in LA. How you guys doing out there? We’re having a hell of a good time!” then putting on his signature hat and switched from playing acoustic guitar to percussion.
A curtain of fog spread across the floor at the beginning of “Ghost On The Shore” with the backdrop showing a full moon, as Schneider played his harmonica and guitar simultaneously – a picture that words can not do justice. The connection Lord Huron makes with every audience member is an overwhelming feeling when given a perfect visual to accompany the music. They pull you in emotionally, hold you to an overwhelming peak, then change the mood to euphorically happy when playing songs like “She Lit A Fire.” The band again dove into their swampy atmospheric sounds prior to “Lonesome Dreams.” “Lullaby” gave the attendees a moment to catch their breath in between the tropical vibes of “Until The Night Turns” and the energetically inspiring sounds of “Time To Run.”
The band came out for a brief encore that ended with “Strangers,” while the Mariachi group joined the band on stage to end the whole night on a high note as confetti showered down on the main floor. Lord Huron’s ability to create a sound they can call their own, with only one album under their belt, gives the band an opportunity to grow to heights unimaginable.
See more photos of Lord Huron transforming the Fonda into a visual and musical masterpiece HERE.