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 last year, 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.
CURSE OF LONOs 4-track debut EP is out now on 12 vinyl and download.
The bands full-length debut Severed will be released on Submarine Cat Records on April 7th 2017.