Curse of Lono (formed in London in 2015 by singer-songwriter Felix Bechtolsheimer of British roots pioneers HEY NEGRITA) have announced the release of their self-titled debut EP on October 14th. To mark the release they will be embarking on their first UK tour this Autumn with Texan roots rockers Uncle Lucius. Watch the new video for Each Time You Hurt below for which Felix shared the following
‘Each Time You Hurt’ is a song about living with someone who suffers from depression and letting them know that you’re on their side even when they think the sky is about to fall down and crush them. It can be very difficult to reach people when they’re wading through the sludge. I suffered from depression myself a few years ago so I have seen what it’s like from both sides.
I wrote the song a few years ago when I was still with my old band Hey Negrita so it’s definitely one of the oldest songs that will be on our full album next year. The three-part harmonies and Charis’s lovely rolling bass line take it as close to the old Hey Negrita sound as we tend to get.
This October CURSE OF LONO are releasing their debut EP, consisting of four songs that form the soundtrack for a short film of inter-connected videos directed by Alex Walker and shot by Bart Sienkiewicz. The film, which stars Grant Masters and Marta Hermida, will be released alongside the EP.
“We wanted to do something visual to capture the mood of the record,” explains Felix. “Alex is a great filmmaker and an old friend. He’s been talking about the cinematic quality of the recordings for a while and how he wanted to use some of them as a soundtrack for a bigger visual experience. The EP seemed the perfect
place to start.”
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 on YouTube as ‘The Doghouse Sessions’ (as above).
“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 LONO’s 4-track debut EP will be released on 12” vinyl and download by Submarine Cat Records on October 14th. The full album will follow early next year
13 October: The Islington (EP Launch), London – SOLD OUT
Tour with Uncle Lucius
27 October: Bluesgarage, Isernhagen (Germany)
28 October: QBus, Leiden (Netherlands)
29 October: NiX, Enschede (Netherlands)
31 October: Greystones, Sheffield
01 November: Fat Lil’s, Witney
02 November: The Maze, Nottingham
03 November: Islington Academy 2, London
04 November: The Prince Albert, Brighton
06 November: The Hug And Pint, Glasgow
07 November: The Musician, Leicester
Find out more here: www.curseoflonoband.com
Photo Credit: Hana Knizova