Curse Of Lono

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Curse Of Lono Short Info

Acclaimed new London five-piece Curse Of Lono released their debut album ‘Severed’ on April 7th. A sumptuously cinematic record that combines harmony-laden Americana with driving, gothic alt-rock, ‘Severed’ was produced at Gun Factory studio by Oli Bayston (Boxed In). The album follows Curse Of Lono’s critically acclaimed self-titled debut EP, released last October, which also formed the soundtrack to ‘Saturday Night’, a short film of inter-connected music videos directed by Alex Walker. The film recently won Best Music Video at the LA Independent Film Awards, the London Independent Film Awards and Feel The Reel International Film Festival in Glasgow and has made the official selection at the International Music Video Underground in LA and the Sunlight International Film Festival in Moscow.

Founded and fronted by Felix Bechtolsheimer, formerly the singer-guitarist in British roots pioneers Hey Negrita, Curse Of Lono formed in early 2015, though the songs on ‘Severed’ were written over a 14-year period. They range from the perky, Paul Simon-ish new single ‘Pick Up The Pieces’ to the more lugubrious ‘He Takes My Place’, the almost jazzy ‘London Rain’ and the rootsy, rhythmic ‘Send For The Whisky’. The album belongs as much to the Americana tradition and old faithfuls such as The Doors and Little Feat as it does to more modern, playful practitioners of the form such as Wilco and Beck.

Lyrically, the songs cover themes including infidelity and sexual jealousy, the death of friends, and Felix’s personal struggle with heroin addiction. “Although ‘Severed’ is a dark record in places, it is not an addiction record,” says Felix. “It’s about growing up enough to be able to share a drink with the ghosts of the past without letting them push you around.”

The album received incredible press internationally, most notably in the UK, US, Germany, Netherlands, Italy, Belgium, Spain, Ireland and across Scandinavia.

On release in April, ‘Severed’ entered the NACC Top 200 College Radio Chart in the US and Canada at No. 168 ahead of artists like Elbow, Feist, Strand Of Oaks, Brian Jonestown Massacre and Julia Holter, and peaked at No. 101 on the Muzooka College Radio Chart.

The album also caught the attention of several music supervisors and the track ‘Don’t Look Down’ recently featured in the season finale of the US TV drama ‘Kingdom.’

Following 3 consecutive sold out gigs in London and performances at The Great Escape, Camden Rocks, Isle Of Wight, Maverick, Wychwood, SummerTyne, Standon Calling and Y Not festivals, Curse Of Lono will be heading out on a number of UK and European tours this autumn (see below).

CURSE OF LONO LIVE:

European Tour with Chuck Prophet & The Mission Express:
27th October: Mono, Oslo, NO
28th October: Folk & Rock, Malmo, SE
29th October: Kulturtransport, Frelsdorf, DE
30th October: AB Club, Brussels, BE
31st October: Paard, Den Haag, NL
1st November: 013, Tilburg, NL
2nd November: Het Huis Verloren, Hoorn, NL
3rd November: N9, Eeklo, BE
4th November: Take Root Festival, Groningen, NL
5th November: Nachtleben, Frankfurt, DE
7th November: Sala Estense, Ferrara, IT
8th November: All'1.35 Circa, Cantù, IT
9th November: Cherrydon, Marseille FR
10th November: Sala BeGood, Barcelona, ES
11th November: Sala Stereo, Alicante, ES
12th November: Kafe Antzokia, Bilbao, ES
13th November: El Sol, Madrid, ES
14th November: Mardi Gras, A Coruna, ES
15th November: Sala Acapulco, Gijon, ES
17th November: ULU, London, UK
18th November: Trades Club, Hebden Bridge, UK
19th November: Belle Angele, Edinburgh, UK
20th November: Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff, UK
21st November: Boule Noir, Paris, FR

UK Tour with Low Cut Connie:
1st December: Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
2nd December: Bodega, Nottingham
3rd December: Gullivers, Manchester
5th December: Prince Albert, Brighton
6th December: Borderline, London
8th December: Cluny, Newcastle
9th December: Voodoo Rooms, Edinburgh
10th December: Nice’N’Sleazy, Glasgow

CRITICAL PRAISE FOR CURSE OF LONO:

“If dangerous living bothers you, look away now - but for everyone else, Curse Of Lono are a new beacon of darkness.” MOJO

“The slide-fuelled romp ‘Five Miles’ and the evocative ‘London Rain’, with its ‘Riders On The Storm’-recalling Fender Rhodes vamps, are revelations, as Bechtolsheimer offers a sinewy, cinematic take on big-sky country roots rock.” UNCUT

“Exile On Main Street meets William Faulkner.” CLASSIC ROCK

"The best Shins-cum-Fleet Foxes record the world will ever hear... easily stands out as the best record of 2017. A record so brilliant and accomplished that in a fairer world, would outsell anything else on the radio today." PERFORMER MAGAZINE (US)

“Into Bon Iver? Try Curse Of Lono.” GQ MAGAZINE

“Sexy, sweaty and savage, Curse Of Lono explore the heart of darkness with unflinching accuracy.” SHINDIG!

“One of the most exciting new bands around… Mixing influences like Wilco, The Velvet Underground and The Doors, there’s no shortage of highlights and heartfelt songs on this ten-track album.” LOUDER THAN WAR

"Mean, moody and magnificent... As debut records go Severed is hard to fault and will appeal to country rockers and hipsters alike. It also begs the question, how on earth are they going to top this?" COUNTRY MUSIC MAGAZINE

“This record is a Southern Gothic dissertation spread over 10 tracks, and Curse of Lono sound somewhere between Nick Cave and Wilco, or if The National had a morose Southern twin.” RELIX MAGAZINE (US)

“Conjures up many fond memories of Neil Halstead and Mojave 3… A refreshing dose of Americana.” PASTE MAGAZINE (US)

“Perfect for night drives and existential evenings.” MAGNET MAGAZINE (US)

“Take it for a ride, it's a lot of fun.” UNDER THE RADAR (US)

“(‘Severed’) pulls off the difficult task of offering a fresh take on rootsy Americana, in part thanks to its leader’s poetic lyrics (Faulkner would be proud), and in part due to a cinematic sweep that owes much to a band like Tindersticks or the recent soundtracks by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis.” JIM DEROGATIS, WEBZ 91.5 CHICAGO (US)

“A grown up collection of songs that range from heartache, to sex for escape, to the darkest of humours and the general human condition.” NO DEPRESSION (US)

“Bechtolsheimer and his compadres make music like nobody else on the Americana scene.” R2 MAGAZINE

“One of the most exciting things to come out of the UK in years. There is not a weak track on the album.” NEW NOISE MAGAZINE (US)

“In a class all of its own.” MAVERICK MAGAZINE

"I can only describe this as the unwanted bastard child of the Fleet Foxes and The Shins, who spent too long in the orphanage and as a result of his unloved upbringing, has a dark and twisted outlook on life but a fierce determination to succeed. This album is infectious, it sucks you in! ...This album makes me want to hit the road and drive through the night." TNT MAGAZINE

“If you have affection for folky Americana music, and all of its often beguiling component parts, then this is the album for you... A very promising first long player for a band who deploy killer melodies and craft skillful arrangements.” VIVE LE ROCK

“A gorgeous album.” BLUES MATTERS

“They might just be the best new thing this year.” AMERICANA-UK

“A shockingly sweet debut that is equal parts Teenage Fanclub and a gothic Big Star.”
INNOCENT WORDS (US)

“Hands down my new favourite band.” BLURT MAGAZINE (US)

“Utterly, utterly mesmeric.” MUSIC_NEWS.COM

“With Severed, Curse of Lono bring an edge to Americana, crafting a record that cuts into the darker aspects of life, yet somehow making them just as beautiful as the happier ones.” THE DAILY COUNTRY

“Curse Of Lono prove the future of Americana is just around the corner.” MUSIC SCRAMBLE

“Swooshes along like a plush car through wet nighttime city streets.” RECORD COLLECTOR

“Curse Of Lono create cinematic Americana filled with harmonies and eerie undertones.” GIGSLUTZ

“An album that, quite simply, doesn’t have a single weak song... A rich, inviting, beautifully balanced sound that criss-crosses the Atlantic, references a range of influences, but remains steadfast in its individuality." FRUK (FOLK RADIO UK)

Acclaimed new London five-piece Curse Of Lono released their debut album ‘Severed’ on April 7th. A sumptuously cinematic record that combines harmony-laden Americana with driving, gothic alt-rock, ‘Severed’ was produced at Gun Factory studio by Oli Bayston (Boxed In). The album follows Curse Of Lono’s critically acclaimed self-titled debut EP, released last October, which also formed the soundtrack to ‘Saturday Night’, a short film of inter-connected music videos directed by Alex Walker. The film recently won Best Music Video at the LA Independent Film Awards, the London Independent Film Awards and Feel The Reel International Film Festival...

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Curse Of Lono on Tour

  • 31 | 01 | 2018 AMAUK Festival/London Showcase

Past Gigs Curse Of Lono

  • 12 | 2017 Nice N Sleazy/Glasgow with Low Cut Connie
  • 12 | 2017 Voodoo Rooms/Edinburgh with Low Cut Connie
  • 12 | 2017 Cluny/Newcastle with Low Cut Connie
  • 12 | 2017 The Borderline/London with Low Cut Connie
  • 12 | 2017 Prince Albert/Brighton with Low Cut Connie
  • 12 | 2017 Gullivers/Manchester with Low Cut Connie
  • 12 | 2017 Bodega/Nottingham with Low Cut Connie
  • 12 | 2017 Brudenell Social Club/Leeds with Low Cut Connie
  • 11 | 2017 La Boule Noir/Paris, FR with Chuck Prophet
  • 11 | 2017 Clwb Ifor Bach/Cardiff with Chuck Prophet
  • 11 | 2017 La Belle Angele/Edinburgh with Chuck Prophet
  • 11 | 2017 Trades Club/Hebden Bridge with Chuck Prophet
  • 11 | 2017 ULU/London with Chuck Prophet
  • 11 | 2017 Sala Acapulco/Gijon, ES with Chuck Prophet
  • 11 | 2017 Mardi Gras/A Coruna, ES with Chuck Prophet
  • 11 | 2017 El Sol, Madrid, ES with Chuck Prophet
  • 11 | 2017 Sala Stereo/Alicante, ES with Chuck Prophet
  • 11 | 2017 Sala BeGood/Barcelona, ES with Chuck Prophet
  • 11 | 2017 Cherrydon/Marseille, FRA with Chuck Prophet
  • 11 | 2017 Sala Estense, Ferrara, IT with Chuck Prophet
  • 11 | 2017 All 1.35 Circa/Cantu, IT with Chuck Prophet
  • 11 | 2017 Nachtleben/Frankfurt, DE with Chuck Prophet
  • 11 | 2017 N9/Eeklo, NL with Chuck Prophet
  • 11 | 2017 013/Tilburg, NL with Chuck Prophet
  • 11 | 2017 Het Huis Verlooren/Hoorn, NL with Chuck Prophet
  • 10 | 2017 Paard/Den Haag, NL with Chuck Prophet
  • 10 | 2017 AB Club/Brussels, BE with Chuck Prophet
  • 10 | 2017 Kulturtransport/Frelsdorf, DE with Chuck Prophet
  • 10 | 2017 Folk a Rock/Malmo, SE with Chuck Prophet
  • 10 | 2017 Mono/Oslo, NO with Chuck Prophet
  • 10 | 2017 The Waterhole/Amsterdam, NL Headline
  • 10 | 2017 Hirsch/Nuremberg, DE with Tito & Tarantula
  • 09 | 2017 Cafe Wilhelmina/Eindhoven, NL Headline
  • 09 | 2017 Toogenblick/Brussels, BE Headline
  • 09 | 2017 The Vaults/Cirencester Headline
  • 09 | 2017 SC4M Festival Winchester Festival
  • 09 | 2017 Modern Art/Oxford Headline
  • 07 | 2017 Standon Calling Festival
  • 07 | 2017 The Railway with Billy Walton Band
  • 07 | 2017 Y Not Festival Festival
  • 06 | 2017 Maverick Festival
  • 06 | 2017 Isle Of Wight Festival
  • 06 | 2017 Wychwood Festival
  • 06 | 2017 Camden Rocks Festival
  • 05 | 2017 The Great Escape Festival
  • 04 | 2017 Exeter Phoenix with Wildwood Kin
  • 04 | 2017 London Water Rats (Headline SOLD OUT)
  • 04 | 2017 Sheffield Greystones
  • 02 | 2017 London Servant Jazz Quarters (Headline SOLD OUT)
  • 02 | 2017 Greystones/Sheffield tour
  • 11 | 2016 The Bassment/Chelmsford headline show
  • 11 | 2016 The Musician/Leicester tour
  • 11 | 2016 Hug & Pint/Glasgow tour
  • 11 | 2016 Prince Albert/Brighton tour
  • 11 | 2016 Islington Academy 2/London tour
  • 11 | 2016 The Maze/Nottingham tour
  • 11 | 2016 Fat Lil's/Witney tour
  • 10 | 2016 Nix/Enschede/ Netherlands tour
  • 10 | 2016 Kunstcafe/Warmond/Netherlands tour
  • 10 | 2016 Bluesgarage/Isernhagen/Germany tour
  • 10 | 2016 Toogenblik/Brussels/Belgium headline show
  • 10 | 2016 The Islington/London EP Launch SOLD OUT
  • 10 | 2016 Hoxton Bar & Kitchen/London with Adia Victoria

Discography Curse Of Lono

  • 2017 Severed Album | Submarine Cat Records
  • 2016 Curse Of Lono EP EP | Submarine Cat Records

Media

  • Video CURSE OF LONO - PICK UP THE...
  • Video CURSE OF LONO - Send For Th...
  • Video Curse Of Lono - Album And F...

Origin

  • London GB

Founded

  • 2015

Members

  • Felix Lead vocals, guitar
  • Joe Hazell Lead guitar, vocals
  • Dani Ruiz Hernandez Keys, vocals
  • Charis Anderson Bass, vocals
  • Neil Findlay Drums

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