Lord Huron Claridge Homes Stage, LeBreton Flats, Ottawa ON, July 13
Published Jul 14, 2014Closing out Bluesfest's colossal ten-day run, L.A. indie folkies Lord Huron were given a cushy six p.m. spot on the festival's oversized co-headlining stage. With no new material to speak of in over two-and-a-half years, the five-piece nonetheless drew in a handful of devoted fans alongside those who recognize their music from a Zales commercial and stragglers waiting for Moist to go on the main stage. Completely overdressed for Sunday's post-rain humidity in dust-bowl regalia, singer/songwriter Ben Schneider's live band looked nonetheless comfortable and appreciative while gliding through a trio of songs from 2012's Lonesome Dreams.
Landing somewhere between the resourcefulness of Fleet Foxes and the over-preciousness of the Lumineers, Lord Huron delivered an airy set that featured just a single new track. Mimicking the percussion-heavy feel of their album (and EPs), all five musicians moved between instruments and rhythmic accoutrements, often adding shakers, chimes and bells into the mix. As the band started to remove layers of clothing and loosen up in time for a charming rendition of "Ends of the Earth," Lord Huron delivered a (relatively) raucous rendition of "Brother" that climaxed with a tribal coda that found all five musicians pounding away on drums. Soaking up smatterings of wild applause, Lord Huron helped close out Bluesfest with a straight-laced performance perfect for a humidity-drenched early evening crowd.