Thursday, October 10 at 8pm
SOUTHERN ALBERTA JUBILEE AUDITORIUM, Calgary
Unburdened by contractual obligations and working at their
studio and informal clubhouse Whispering Pines in Los
Angeles, Lord Huron found the freedom and comfort to pursue
their vision without compromise. The result is Vide Noir: a
sonically bold, bravely-executed saga that pushes the
band's sound in ambitious new directions.
Singer, songwriter and producer Ben Schneider found
inspiration wandering restlessly through his adopted home
of Los Angeles at night. His aimless nocturnal journeys
ranged all over the city - across the twinkling grid of the
valley; into the creeping shadows of the foothills; through
downtown's neon canyons; way out to the darksome ocean. The
resulting collection of songs feels like an epic odyssey
through the city, across dimensions and out into the
Many of Vide Noir's songs were tested on the road as early
as 2016 and honed with a jeweler's precision into their
final form. Dusty ballads share space on the album with
punky rippers, '50s sock-hop sways and ethereal electronic
passages. Each entry is a glinting star, and together they
form a sonic constellation examining the search for meaning
amidst the cold indifference of the universe.
Mixed by Dave Fridmann (The Flaming Lips/MGMT), Vide Noir
honors the traditions of both rock and folk as it embraces
modern studio techniques. The stylistic experimentation
speaks to Lord Huron's confidence as storytellers and as
craftsmen, armed with a growing array of tools.
Lord Huron's work always comes richly adorned, and Vide
Noir is no exception. The album will be accompanied by a
wealth of imagery, films and immersive experiences crafted
to expand upon its narratives and themes. A true multi-
media artist, Schneider has previously used videos, a comic
book, a choose-your-own-adventure hotline and assorted
Easter eggs as means of deepening the listener experience.
Fans steely enough to confront the ineffable have already
uncovered a few of these accoutrements.
Lord Huron was created by Los Angeles-based Ben Schneider.
Born and raised in Michigan, Schneider drew inspiration
from the Great Lakes, which were carved by glaciers 14,000
years ago, and his music stands in awe and wonder of the
After writing and recording two independent EPs (Into the
Sun and Mighty) on his own, demand grew for Lord Huron to
perform live. Schneider recruited friends Mark Barry
(percussion), Miguel Briseño (bass) and Tom Renaud (guitar)
. Having first played music together at the tender age of
12, the group reunited and quickly hit their stride,
transforming the project into a full-fledged band. Lord
Huron signed with IAMSOUND, and the label released 2012's
Lonesome Dreams, and Strange Trails in 2015.
Strange Trails included the song, "The Night We Met," which
was featured in the Netflix original series "13 Reasons
Why." The series and song both became hits, and "The Night
We Met" was certified platinum in January of 2018. This
year also marks the beginning of a unique alliance between
Whispering Pines and Republic Records, who will partner in
the release of Vide Noir.
Lord Huron has toured extensively in North America and
Europe, earning rave reviews and performing for sold-out
crowds at some of the world's most prestigious venues. The
band has appeared at a wide range of music festivals
including Lollapalooza, Coachella, Bonnaroo and Newport
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