“The quintet, led by vocalist/guitarist Felix Bechtolsheimer, is back August 17 with sophomore album As I Fell, and the LP continues the band’s exploration of its patented Amerigothica sound—one that comfortably rides right alongside both Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and Drive-By Truckers.” – Magnet Magazine
May 10, 2018–
Acclaimed London five-piece Curse Of Lono
announces their new album, As I Fell,
to be released on August 17th
via Submarine Cat Records. Today, the band has unveiled the first single, “Valentine
.” CLICK HERE
to listen exclusively on Magnet Magazine.
Recorded between Joshua Tree and London with producer Oli Bayston (AKA Boxed In), the track builds on the band’s deeply cinematic blend of harmony-laden Americana and driving, gothic alt-rock. It’s a sound that owes as much to old faithfuls like The Doors and The Velvet Underground as it does to more contemporary artists such as The War On Drugs and Wilco.
Felix says, “Valentine is about the kind of murderous jealousy that twists you up until you don’t recognize yourself anymore. The sort of dejection that will make you do things you know you will regret,” says Felix. “I think the vocal harmonies floating over the tribal beat, distorted bass and filthy baritone guitar going through a tiny 1950’s Selmer practice amp, really capture that feeling.
Formed in London in 2015, Curse Of Lono is Felix Bechtolsheimer (vocals and guitar), Joe Hazell (lead guitar and vocals), Dani Ruiz Hernandez (keys and vocals), Charis Anderson (bass and vocals) and Neil Findlay (drums). ‘As I Fell’ is the follow-up to ‘Severed’, one of the most critically acclaimed debuts of 2017, and builds on Curse Of Lono’s deeply cinematic blend of harmony-laden Americana and driving, gothic alt-rock. It’s a sound that owes as much to old faithfuls like The Doors and The Velvet Undergroundas it does to more contemporary artists such as The War On Drugs and Wilco. Although some of the songs on ‘As I Fell’ revisit familiar themes like murderous jealousy and the death of loved ones, much of the album covers new ground.
Having spent much of 2017 on tour in Europe and the UK, Curse Of Lono will be embarking on their first UK headline tour in May this year. They have also been invited to open for Steve Earle and for Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes in Europe in July and in the UK in October.
CURSE OF LONO Tour Dates
May 17 – The Alternative Escape, Brighton
May 24 – Fat Lil’s, Witney (UK Headline Tour)
May 25 – The Lexington, London (UK Headline Tour)
May 26 – Dot-To-Dot Festival, Mr Wolf’s, Bristol
May 30 – Greystones, Sheffield (UK Headline Tour)
May 31 – Hug & Pint, Glasgow (UK Headline Tour)
June 1 – Gullivers, Manchester (UK Headline Tour)
June 2 – The Ent Shed, Bedford (UK Headline Tour)
June 22 – Black Deer Festival, Kent
June 24 – Isle Of Wight Festival
July 7 – Maverick Festival, Suffolk
July 12 – Oltrivierenhof, Antwerp (with Steve Earle and Southside Johnny)
July 13 – Toogenblik, Brussels (headline)
July 14 – Paradiso, Amsterdam (with Southside Johnny)
July 18 – Fabrik, Hamburg (with Southside Johnny)
July 19 – Kaufleuten, Zurich (with Southside Johnny)
July 21 – The Sage, Gateshead (with Steve Earle – Summertyne Americana Festival)
July 22 – Summertyne Americana Festival, Gateshead (main stage)
August 26 – Graze Festival, Hampshire