The Lonesome Southern Comfort Company are a Swiss band based between Lugano and Zürich that started as a solo project of John Robbiani (guitar, vocals and history enthusiast) back in 2006. That was soon to change when some friends joined John and they released their self-titled debut album in August 2008 via ‘On The Camper Records’.
Two years later the group released “Charles The Bold” – an album inspired by Charles le Téméraire, then duke of Burgundy, known for his vicious battles against the Swiss in the 1500s (John’s enthusiasm for history shining through).
Their third LP, ‘The Big Hunt’ is the first to be released in the UK and in our opinion will go down an absolute storm. These are no ordinary run of the mill Americana band, whilst flavours of Midlake, Son Volt, Micah P. Hinson and Richmond Fontaine provide a thin candy coating something else lurks beneath the surface.
The opener When he’s Down, which I’ve replayed several times already, hits you with a blindsider. Just when you think you’ve got their sound nailed with a nice catchy acoustic rif and and gritty vocal, think an earthier version of The Cave Singers, they dismantle all your senses with some heavy duty psychedelic electronic hooks that works a treat!
They continue to spice up the pot as they go along offering the bittersweet and an undeniable warmth that I could happily wallow in for an evening. 64 Warwick Way has that Felice Brothers feel of a late night session singing around a bottle and the slight lo-fi’esque edge to the album accentuates that glow which is no more apparent than on the title track The Big Hunt with lyrics that will beckon any crowd into a sing-a-long. Just as they come in with a surprise they exit to saxophones….the founder may be from a tiny Swiss village where the cows outnumber the inhabitants but they are all the richer and original for it…Yep…We think the UK are going to love this!
When He’s Down
Wall Street’s Foreign Legion
The Big Hunt is released October 28th via On The Camper Records.