LORD Huron frontman Ben Schneider is in a mystical mood - "I'm interested in creating a world with its own mythology," says the Michigan native.
That is evident on the act's debut album Lonesome Dreams - a collision of Appalachian percussion, rustic guitars and sumptuous harmonies with a smattering of electronics, which has won rave reviews on both sides of the Atlantic.
Inspired by the rust coloured canyons and characters of the Wild West - with the emphasis on wild - the record also encompasses short films, intriguing artwork and a series of imagined novels by an ageing wordsmith, the mysterious George Ranger Johnson.
Lord Huron began as a solo endeavour in 2010 but Schneider has since enlisted some of his "best amigos" to turn his songs into a powerful live experience - Mark Barry (percussion, vocals), Miguel Briseno (bass, percussion) and Tom Renaud (guitar, vocals).
"We've got a pretty good working relationship," he says. "A good wrestling match can solve almost anything we disagree about."
Now, after a string of sold-out US shows, their rise is set to spread to British shores.
Ben started playing music as a child, on his father''s acoustic guitar.
The senior Schneider wasn't a musician, but he had learned a bit during his downtime on ships in the Navy.
Schneider's father would bring the instrument out from time to time, most often on summer nights around the campfire on Lake Huron, to strum and hum the songs he knew.
After learning the basics, Schneider began his formal training in the school orchestra. He played upright bass and fiddled with many other instruments, both acoustic and electric, and began recording original music on a four-track cassette machine. …