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Introducing: Curse of Lono

Friday 03 February 2017
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It’s time for you to meet London five-piece, Curse of Lono. Founded by frontman Felix Bechtolsheimer back in early 2015 – who was also previously the singer/guitarist of Hey Negrita – this is a band with a story or two that they’d like to share with you.

You could say here is a band that are making music aligned with gothic alt-rock Americana, but this five-some are not into packaging themselves into one genre. “Our music doesn’t fit very neatly in one particular category but I think that’s the case with a lot of bands these days. We call it Cinematic southern gothic alt rock. If that doesn’t mean anything to you, try Wilco meets The Band.” Taking songwriting inspiration from the country greats like Kris Kristoffersen and Waylon Jennings, Curse of Lono, too, take on the style of sharing dark, painful stories with candid honesty, but replacing the obvious melancholic sound you’d expect to accompany it with something much easily digestible.


Curse of Lono from the February issue of Spindle Magazine. Photo by Louis Browne.

Their debut album, Severed, set for release on April 7th, is an amalgamation of lyrics written over the timespan of 14 years, and encompasses everything from infidelity, sexual jealousy, the death of friends, to Felix’s past struggle with 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.”

With a first album and a new single ‘Pick Up The Pieces’ release on the horizon, we’d say exciting times await the closely-bound group. “Some of our music can be quite dark but as a band we very much enjoy what we do. We’re a very tight knit unit and we look out for each other. It’s definitely the most fun I’ve ever had making music.”

Check out their performance with Sofar Sounds below:

Curse of Lono’s debut album ‘Severed’ comes out April 7th, and their upcoming single ‘Pick Up The Pieces’ release date is March 24th. You can listen to their eponymous EP here.