Lohio is built around the songwriting of Greg Dutton. The band is based out of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, but Dutton’s songs capture the pastoral nature of a boy who grew up on an Ohio farm. Often paired with the clear and delicate vocals of Liz Adams, Dutton is also supported by an array of musicians handpicked out the tight-knit Pittsburgh scene. Their use of glee-club-like group vocals add to the feeling that you’re listening to the region’s best hometown pageant.
With their newest release, the indie-folk outfit Lohio creates an album every bit as grand and sweeping as the likes of Arcade Fire or The National, but one that might have been composed on makeshift instruments in someone’s backyard workshop. Family Tree has a handmade, almost colloquial feel, and the levity of instrumentation (toy piano anyone?) often belies the weight of the songs. Like a collection of short stories, the EP offers excerpts on life, family, and the inevitable milestones we all encounter, all couched in glowing arrangements and indie-pop hooks.
Lohio kicks off a two week tour starting in Buffalo, NY on Feb 3rd and the band plays local shows at Union Hall on Feb. 7th and Lit Lounge on Feb. 8th. Sharing the bill at the Union Hall show are Donora and Brooklyn locals Ball of Flame Shoot Fire. Tickets are $6 and doors are at 7:30PM.
At the Lit Lounge show, Lohio are playing with Donora and We Loyal. Tickets are $6 and doors are at 8:30PM.