Last week I went to see this band perform live at Scala in London. For more info regarding the band check out my previous post: Lord Huron
First up was the supporting act, Nataly Dawn. A singer I had not come across before, Nataly Dawn is a singer-songwriter from San Fran, USA. Nataly reminded me a great deal of a Anna Nalick and Regina Spektor. Although a great singer and songwriter, I felt that Nataly was missing something in her performance. One thing however that did stand out to me was how witty she was. Her dry sense of humor was clearly appreciated by the crowd, who were all giggling and listening between tracks.
Next on stage were the main act themselves; Lord Huron. Playing mostly songs from their debut album "Lonesome Dreams" these guys were really very good. I was initially surprised at the strong turn out, especially since this American indie folk band are not that well known within the UK.
Leading the boys on stage was lead singer Ben Schneider. Kitted out in a tweed jacket and a cowboy hat there was no questioning the 'folk' in this band. Looks cast aside however, Schneider and the rest of the guys' vocals were right on point, delivering track after track flawlessly.
It was obvious from standing in the crowd that all five members of the band were having a fab time on stage performing. The bands constant interaction of glancing and smiling at each other, mixed with their lively stage presence really made the whole gig so much more exciting and enjoyable to watch.
The highlight for me was the bands encore performance of "Time To Run" which was anything but dull. With plenty of percussion and instrumental parts played throughout the track, the song soon had the entire crowd singing, bobbing and clapping enthusiastically along. Another memorable moment was when Ben Schneider was left alone on stage part way through to sing "She Lit A Fire" and "Lullaby" acoustically. The fact that I am a sucker for pretty much all acoustic performances probably means I am being totally biased when I say how amazing this stripped down performance was.
I certainly enjoyed the evening of live music. Although not quite on par with The Lumineers, and Mumford & Sons just yet, these guys demonstrated they have all the ingredients to match them one day. I will certainly be keeping an eye out on Lord Huron and their new material - i urge you to do the same.
21st May. The Cluny - Newcastle Upon Tyne
22nd May. King Tut's Wah Wah Hut - Glasgow
23rd May. The Deaf Institute - Manchester
21st June. Webster Hall - NYC
27th July. Wiggins Park - Camden, NJ (USA)
For more information regarding tickets and tour dates check out: http://www.songkick.com/artists/3447511-lord-huron/calendar?page=1
|Acoustic "lullaby" and "She Lit A Fire"|