Lord Huron is a musical and visual project created by Ben Schneider. Originally a solo project, collaborators now include Mark Barry (percussion, vocals), Miguel Briseno (bass, percussion) and Tom Renaud (guitar, vocals). In May 2010, Schneider traveled home to Michigan and spent a week on the shores of Lake Huron. There at the lake, where many of his formative experiences had come to pass, Schneider recorded the three songs that would comprise the Into the Sun EP. The songs quickly gained traction online and Schneider set to work recruiting musicians to help him translate the recordings into a performance. Lord Huron’s first live show was in August 2010.
On November 4th, 2010, Schneider released his second EP, Mighty. The four-song recording received immediate attention from critics and fans, bolstered by an 8.0 rating from Pitchfork. The band toured heavily in 2011, continuing to develop the live show. They played across the country, including performances at South by Southwest, Outside Lands and Lollapalooza. Mark Barry and Tom Renaud, childhood friends of Schneider, moved to Los Angeles to join Lord Huron, as did Miguel Briseno also originally from Michigan.
Lead guitarist Tom Renaud is an avid Guild player, with several new and vintage Guild electrics in his arsenal, including a sunburst 1967 Starfire V, a 3/4-scale 1959 M-65 Freshman, and a modern Newark St. Collection Starfire III. Renaud regularly brings his Guilds on tour, and all of them were used extensively in recording their sophomore LP, Strange Trails, which was released in April of 2015.