It shouldn't surprise anyone that tickets are sold out to the Wednesday, July 31, Lord Huron show at the Idaho Botanical Garden. The Los Angles-based indie band's latest release, Vide Noir (2018), is enormously popular, landing the band its first top-five debut on the Billboard Top 200 and garnering praise from NPR, Time and Spin. The opening acts are just as promising: Shakey Graves and special guest Julia Jacklin.
Lord Huron, named for Lake Huron, where band founder Ben Schneider grew up visiting and playing music around the campfire at night, formed in 2010 when Schneider began writing music in his hometown of Okemos, Michigan. What started as a solo project grew to include musicians to help with live shows, most of them Schneider's close friends since childhood. In 2012, the band released its first full-length album, Lonesome Dreams, along with a series of music videos, all filmed in a western 1970s style to complement the western influence the album got from the work The Collected Works of Billy the Kid: Left-Handed Poems.
After a six-year hiatus, the band released 'Vide Noir, an album steeped in cosmological references and dark, brooding lyrics. In a review of the album, KEXP describes the album as "more intimate" than the previous two: "Rather than staring out into a dusty rural plane, ready for adventure, frontman Ben Schneider is looking up to the cosmos asking for help. The lyricism on the album is consistent in its heartache and melancholy, so consistent one could call it a concept album revolving around the girl that got away."
Singles are already emerging. "Wait by the River" (which the band performed on Late Night with Seth Meyers) and "The Night is Over" have generated tens of millions of streams. If this album is anything like their other two, the songs will creep into pop culture. Songs by Lord Huron have appeared in numerous TV shows, from Shameless to 13 Reasons Why to Girls and more.