Following the release of their self-titled debut EP last October, CURSE OF LONO will be releasing their full-length debut ‘SEVERED’ on Submarine Cat Records on April 7th.
CURSE OF LONO was formed in London in 2015 by singer-songwriter Felix Bechtolsheimer following the breakup of British roots pioneers HEY NEGRITA.
“We released four records with HEY NEGRITA, toured all over the world, played at more festivals than I can remember and had a great time doing it but there was a growing sense that it was time for something new. Then I bumped into my old friend Oli Bayston from the band BOXED IN, who was producing albums for Domino and Nettwerk. He was involved in a completely different scene, obsessed with Krautrock and Radiohead, which really opened my eyes to new ways of writing and recording.”
The collection of recordings that emerged formed a stunningly cinematic record that combines spaced out, harmony-laden indie-folk with driving, gothic alt-rock. The songs, which were written over a fourteen-year period, cover themes including sexual jealousy, the death of friends and personal struggles with infidelity and addiction.
In the summer of 2015, CURSE OF LONO added ex-Hey Negrita drummer Neil Findlay, guitarist Joe Hazell, bassist Charis Anderson and keyboardist Dani Ruiz Hernandez to the lineup.
In October of 2016, CURSE OF LONO released their critically acclaimed four-track debut EP, which also formed the soundtrack to the short film ‘Saturday Night: A Film Of Four Songs’, directed by Alex Walker. The film, which stars Grant Masters and Marta Hermida, was released in four installments around the release of the EP.
To expand on the visual theme, CURSE OF LONO spent a day filming at their London studio, recording ten live performances which they are releasing monthly through different blogs as ‘The Doghouse Sessions’.
“The videos are very intimate. We wanted to invite people into our world, to watch us play our songs in the room where we get together every week and where many of them were conceived, with no overdubs or studio trickery.”
“Mixing harmony-filled indie roots and gothic alt-rock, it’s a gorgeous debut.”
Louder Than War
“Exile On Main Street meets William Faulkner.”
Classic Rock Magazine
“Sexy, sweaty and savage, Curse Of Lono explore the heart of darkness with unflinching accuracy.”
“They might just be the best new thing this year.”
“A shockingly sweet debut that is equal parts Teenage Fanclub and a gothic Big Star.”
“A grown up collection of songs that range from heartache, to sex for escape, to the darkest of humours and the general human condition.”
“Conjures up many fond memories of Neil Halstead and Mojave 3… A refreshing dose of Americana.”
“A real find.”
“Perfect for night drives and existential evenings.”
“Hands down my new favourite band… Those sounds and textures showcased across these four songs are indeed monumentally moving.”
“Utterly, utterly mesmeric.”
“Curse Of Lono prove the future of Americana is just around the corner.”
“A soulful, blues-inspired offering filled with raw vocals and catchy hooks.”
“Swooshes along like a plush car through wet nighttime city streets.”
“Sounds like The Velvet Underground on a desert trip.”
“A stunning, widescreen, cinematic sound that urges the listener to block out any outside interference, hit repeat and fully surrender.”
Rhythm & Booze
“One of the year's best and most exciting releases.”
Dust Of Daylight (Norway)
“Sophisticated and cool.”
“Curse of Lono Premieres “He Takes My Place,” a Lover’s Lament driven by shuffling acoustic guitar and a folksy melody. Felix Bechtolsheimer’s lyrics are simple but poetic in their honesty.”
“Powerful and downright lovely.”
“This London-based blues quintet have already made a big splash in the music media, with their first EP winning over critics and new fans alike… It’s been suggested in some quarters that Curse Of Lono will be the next big thing… The potential is certainly there for this prediction to come true.”
“A glorious multi-layered slice of deep dark, melancholic lo-fi Americana… I can’t begin to tell you how excited I am in anticipation of the forthcoming album.”
“A perfect, dreamy collection of Americana.”
“Listening to “Five Miles” by alt-rock quintet Curse Of Lono, I instantly got this warm, fuzzy feeling that great music can cause.”
“This tremendous debut e.p by 'Curse of Lono' consists of four haunting, otherworldly and intensely dramatic songs with traces of early Pink Floyd, southern gothic country, Robbie Robertson's first solo album and even Daniel Lanois!... Anyone who hears this recording will be drooling at the prospect of a full length recording!”
“The group entrances us with their atmospheric songwriting and beautiful harmonies… Curse of Lono knows how to get under the skin of their audience and make them longtime supporters.”
Listen Here Reviews
Wilco, Steve Earle, Pixies, The Velvet Underground, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, The Doors, Sisters Of Mercy, Bon Iver