Sasquatch! Music Festival 2016, Day 2: Lord Huron

photos by Matthew B. Thompson (view set)

In a sharp contrast from years past, this year’s Sasquatch! Music Festival lineup has considerably less folk-inclining music on the main stage, making Lord Huron one of the weekend’s folk rock acts that would play directly in front of the Columbia River Gorge. The Michigan-via-Los Angeles quintet stepped up to the plate boldly however, bringing their percussive folk rock to a solid daytime crowd with aplomb. Undoubtedly one of the more sartorially-minded acts of the weekend, frontman Ben Schneider was in top form, leading his well-dressed comrades through a set primarily consisting of tracks from their latest LP, last year’s Strange Trails. Just as on the album versions, songs like “Fool For Love” and “Love Like Ghosts” hit their large-audience target without simply cranking the volume, instead using well-placed syncopation and instrumental interplay to create a rich full sound. When the band were crafting the record, perhaps they knew they’d be playing in large venues and built it to play well in outdoor spaces, but with the Gorge as a natural amplifier in both sound and grandeur, Lord Huron sounded nothing short of massive for a golden, pre-sunset hour.

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