Tucked away in Woodstock, NY is the great sounding Bearsville Theater. Without having a New York City proper show on this leg of the Strange Trails tour, this was the closest Lord Huron was going to be and many drove the hour and a half up for it.
Son Little opened the evening with his take on Americana, mixing rock, funk, blues and more. His 45 minute set was all over the place and it was welcomed by the crowd that was slowly filling the room. He used his set to preview his upcoming self-titled album. The songs have a lot of space in them to let Son do what he does best, play scorching guitar solo after guitar solo. Thanking the crowd, he urged them to check out the new release on October 16, as any music lover should.
The capacity crowd was hooked from the moment Lord Huron took the stage. Front man Ben Schneider is captivating to watch as he constantly is moving around the stage and giving each song his all. The opening notes of “Love Like Ghosts” filled the barn like venue, engulfing the people in what would be an hour and a half of non-stop music. Ben spoke to the crowd briefly between songs, but did not want to waste any time and kept the music coming.
The bands’ light show was tremendous and to be able to see such a band in a small venue is a treat, as they won’t be in these types of venues much longer. Their mix of indie-rock, folk, and a slight twinge of rockabilly makes them different from anyone else out there right now. The moment that the band dove into a fiery version of “Hurricane,” the crowd went wild. The whole band played with a passion on stage that more bands need to have. Watching Miguel Briseño switch between the bass, keys, Theremin and an accordion is fascinating, while Tom Renaud and Mark Barry displayed mastery guitar and drum work respectively all night. “Cursed” and “The World Ender” were another pair of barn burners in Upstate New York. As the crowd left the venue, everyone was relieved to go into the cool fall air and catch their breath from being riled up by Lord Huron all night.
Article: Bryan Lasky