Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Ripple Field Trip - Lord Huron
Look sideways and avert your eyes away from the stage at your run of the mill smallish SRO concert venue, and what do you typically get a glimpse of? Maybe a pile of shattered Budweiser bottles oozing in the corner; or an intriguingly spattered wall with hastily affixed posters advertising the next gig; or some ashtray-laden poker tables with rickety chairs offered for those souls not quite hardy enough to stand for a few hours. Well, not at the recent First Friday show at the Los Angeles County Natural History Museum you didn't, gloriously headlined by KCRW faves and local rising stars Lord Huron. That's because the show took place before an enthusiastic crowd in a well-appointed display room richly imbued with dark woods and endowed with enough stuffed mammals behind glass to shake a drumstick at.
Lord Huron is the brainchild of Michigan-born Ben Schneider, who impressively played all the instruments on the band’s first two EPs, 2010’s Into the Sun and Mighty. Schneider recruited a few Michigan-born long-time friends to play on Lonesome Dreams, and the band’s folk-infused, multirhythmic sound melded beautifully with lush harmonies, both on the more uptempo tracks mentioned above and the beautifully meditative, harmonica-inflected “Ghost on the Shore”, perhaps the highlight of the entire evening. By the time the veterans of 2011’s Lollapalooza and SWSX festival closed with a moving and eminently crowd-pleasing rendition of "Auld Lang Syne", it was clear whoever dreamed of pairing innovative, high quality music with the hallowed halls of wooly behemoths is truly on to something special. Plus, anything that gets the people into a museum can't be all bad.