7th April 2017
Side A: 1. Five Miles / 2. Pick Up The Pieces / 3. Each Time You Hurt / 4. Just My Head / 5. London Rain. Side B: 1. He Takes My Place / 2. Send For The Whisky / 3. All I Got / 4. Welcome Home / 5. Don’t Look Down
Acclaimed new London five-piece Curse Of Lono present their debut album ‘Severed’, a sumptuously cinematic record that combines spaced out, harmony-laden indie-folk with driving, gothic alt-rock, ‘Severed’ was produced at Gun Factory studio by Oli Bayston (Boxed In). 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 Whiskey’. The album belongs as much to the Americana tradition and old faithfuls such as Little Feat as it does to more modern, playful practitioners of the form such as 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.' In the summer of 2015 Curse Of Lono added ex-Hey Negrita drummer Neil Findlay, lead guitarist Joe Hazell, bassist Charis Anderson and keyboardist Dani Ruiz Hernandez to the line-up. The band released their debut EP in October 2016 to glowing reviews, launching it with a sold-out gig at The Islington. The four tracks on the EP form the soundtrack to ‘Saturday Night’, a short film of inter-connected music videos directed by Alex Walker. ‘Saturday Night’, which stars Grant Masters and Marta Hermida, was released alongside the EP, with the four episodes premiering on Louder Than War, Relix, Indie Rock Café and Spindle Magazine. To expand on the visual theme, Curse Of Lono spent a day filming at their London studio with live music video producers Ont’ Sofa, recording ten live performances which they are releasing monthly through different websites and on their own YouTube channel as ‘The Doghouse Sessions’.