US-based alternative rockers Lord Huron make a welcome return to the North East of England for their first show in the region in three years.

Earlier this year the LA-based quartet released their critically acclaimed third album Vide Noir. Subsequently, the band are currently out on the road across the UK in support of their latest offering.

As Lord Huron hits the Sage Gateshead stage, they waste no time at all showcasing their new album as they kick off their set with “Never Ever”, which along with “The World Ender” and “Meet Me In The Woods” results in somewhat of an impressive opening.

The group’s distinctive indie-rock sound traverses a vast musical landscape from Ennio Morricone tinged numbers like “Back From The Edge” and “Ends of the Earth” through to old school country in the shape of  “La Belle Fleur Savage”. Although Lord Huron isn’t afraid to kick things up a notch with fiery rockers such as “Hurricane”. An impressive almost Pink Floyd-esque light show perfectly accompanies the vast soundscape presented this evening.

During the course of the show, many of the tracks are seamlessly strung together with little room for pause. Although occasionally, the band segue atmospheric intro music such as the sounds of nature or the weather, which further enhances the overall feel of the Lord Huron concert experience. Rather than nattering between songs, Schneider prefers to let the music do the talking.

Lord Huron’s touring line-up features additional musicians by way of Brandon Walters (guitar) and Misty Boyce (keys) who join the group’s core members including frontman and founder Ben Schneider (guitar/vocals), Mark Barry (drums/percussion), Miguel Briseño (bass) and Tom Renaud (guitar). The many sounds, textures and layers in Lord Huron’s genre-defying sound comes together perfectly throughout.

Throughout the course of their 21 song setlist, Lord Huron delivers the lion’s share of their new album. Highlights of which include the epic “Ancient Names – Part I & 2”, the psychedelic rock number “Moonbeam” along with the heartfelt ballad “Wait By The River”, to name but a few.

As the band heads into the final stages of their main set they again showcase their musical diversity with the Theremin infused “Way Out There”, the soulful and somewhat ethereal “When The Night Is Over” before upping the pace with a frantic rendition of “Time To Run”, which in turn has the whole room clapping along.

A duly deserved two-song encore that includes with the band’s unmistakable single “The Night We Met” brings an incredible evening of music to a close.

With Vide Noir Lord Huron proves that they are at the top of their game; this beautiful and eloquently crafted album truly comes to life when performed live.  Judging by the response the band received this evening, the Tyneside audience would certainly agree.

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Event Date: 28-Oct-2018

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Adam Kennedy is an experienced music photographer based in northeast England. He has been shooting concerts for several years, predominantly with the band Vintage Trouble. In 2013, he was one of their tour photographers, covering the UK and Ireland tour including the headline shows and as opening act for The Who. As an accomplished concert photographer, Adam's work has been featured in print such as, Classic Rock Blues Magazine, Guitarist Magazine, Blues in Britain magazine, broadcast on the MDA Telethon on ABC Television in the US, used in billboard advertising for Renaissance Hotels in the US, and featured online via music blogs such as Uber Rock and Guitar Planet. He is also the official photographer at Newcastle Rock and Blues Club.

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