Danforth Music Hall in Toronto, ON
February 1, 2014
Review by: Melissa Adamson
Photos by:Katrina Thorn
Described as a musical and visual project, Lord Huron has taken a rustic sound and turned it into a persona that is resonating with audiences across North America.
Lord Huron’s debut album Lonesome Dreams sounds like a western movie, and their stage design, sound effects and rustic attire come together to create a cinematic feeling of travelling a western frontier at night. With minimal lighting other than a glow on their faces like light from a campfire, and with sound effects of grasshoppers, birds and swaying wind chimes, they sang stories of crossing rivers and travelling to the ends of the earth for love. Their set started strong with "Ends of the Earth" and ended on a high-note with "She Lit a Fire" and "Time to Run." Unfortunately, the middle was a mellow combination of songs that blended together and started to lose the interest of the crowd.
Though there was a lull in the performance, and the quality of their recordings (particularly the vocals) didn’t translate perfectly live, the strength of their live show rests on the full audio and visual experience. Their persona is resonating well with audiences and their popularity has grown significantly over the last few years. Now they are starting off 2014 with their biggest headlining tour to date and filling large venues across Canada and the United States.
Night Moves, who also toured with Lord Huron in 2012, warmed up the crowd with their psychedelic country melodies. John Pelant (lead vocals, guitar) looks like Luke Pritchard of The Kooks from a distance and is enjoyable to watch as he sulks into the microphone and effortlessly delivers his smooth vocals while snapping and shaking his head and bouncing to the rhythms. Their sound is refreshing with influences from the 70s and irregular modern song structures.