Folksy rock band Lord Huron has built a following in a very modern way: by having its songs placed in TV shows and movies. “It’s been our version of the radio,” says singer Ben Schneider. “I like the idea that somebody thinks that our song can help support whatever story they’re telling.” Before a concert next week (The Chrysalis at Merriweather Park, 10475 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, Md.; Tue., 7:30 p.m., $55) behind last year’s “Vide Noir,” Schneider riffed on three random songs that popped into his head.
‘The Enchanted Sea’ by Martin Denny
“I’ve been kind of daydreaming about some sort of tropical vacation lately,” Schneider says, noting that this laid-back 1959 instrumental from the exotica musician helped get him in that mood. “It’s like tiki bar music, basically.”
‘Mound of Clay’ by Charlie Feathers
Schneider likes the rockabilly singer’s 1974 take on a Roy Acuff tune for its imperfections: “It’s great because it’s got this really loose groove, kinda like the band didn’t quite bring their best that day, but it somehow works.”
‘Isis’ by Bob Dylan
Schneider, below, and his Lord Huron bandmates often listen to this 1976 Dylan classic before gigs. “It makes you feel like you want to go out and do something that could be that good,” he says.
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