Recorded live at Toe Rag Studios in London with Grammy-winning producer Liam Watson (The White Stripes ‘Elephant’), and mixed by Oli Bayston (Boxed In), Curse Of Lono’s forthcoming album ‘4am And Counting’, consists of 11 mellow, rootsier versions of tracks off the band’s critically acclaimed debut album ‘Severed’ and last year’s follow-up ‘As I Fell’.
The album features guest appearances from legendary pedal steel player BJ Cole (Elton John, Dolly Parton, Pink Floyd, Massive Attack), and harmonica player Nick Reynolds (Alabama 3 and son of the mastermind of the great train robbery, Bruce Reynolds).
“We wanted to capture the vibe we get when we’re jamming late at night,” explains frontman Felix Bechtolsheimer. “So we booked a couple of days in the studio, invited a few friends down and pressed record. Toe Rag Studios is an incredible place. There are no computers. There’s no technology to tempt you. We just played everything completely live like we do when we’re messing around in our rehearsal room, so what you hear is exactly what was played.”
Curse Of Lono are best known for their deeply cinematic blend of harmony-laden Americana and driving, gothic alt-rock, a unique sound that owes as much to old faithfuls like The Doors and The Velvet Underground as it does to more modern practitioners of the form such as The War On Drugs and Wilco. ‘4am And Counting’ offers a more stripped-back and intimate take on some of the band’s existing material that conjures up visions of The Cowboy Junkies collaborating with the Beggars Banquet-era Rolling Stones.
‘4am And Counting’ follows hot on the heels of last year’s critically acclaimed second album ‘As I Fell’, which entered the Official Americana Albums Charts at No. 10 and the Official Independent Albums Breakers Chart at No. 15 in the UK. The album also charted in the NACC College & Independent Radio Chart in the US, was Record Of The Week on Radio 1 in the Netherlands and charted in the Official iTunes Download Charts in the UK, the US, Canada, the Netherlands, Sweden, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium, France, Spain, Russia, Thailand and The Czech Republic (including 4 top 10 positions).
Curse Of Lono, who formed in London in 2015, are Felix Bechtolsheimer (vocals, guitar), Joe Hazell (lead guitar and vocals), Dani Ruiz Hernandez (keys and vocals), Charis Anderson (bass and vocals) and Neil Findlay (drums).
The band completed two UK headline tours in 2018 and appeared at several UK Festivals, as well as supporting Steve Earle, Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes and David Ramirez on separate European tours.
Curse Of Lono kicked off 2019 with a performance at the UK Americana Awards at Hackney Empire, where they received the prestigious ‘Bob Harris Emerging Artist Award’. In March the band will make their US live debut at the SXSW Music Festival, followed by a UK tour with Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes and a 21-date European tour with US blues-rocker Samantha Fish in May.
‘4am And Counting’, which features original artwork by British Illustrator Stuart Patience, is accompanied by 6 live session videos by award-winning filmmaker Gregg Houston (Van Morrison, Noel Gallagher, Two Door Cinema Club, Michael Kiwanuka). The album will be released on Submarine Cat Records as a limited edition 180g translucent red vinyl for Record Store Day 2019 before seeing a full, worldwide release July 12th.
CURSE OF LONO – LIVE
April 12 High Wycombe, Ramblin’ Roots Revue
May 7 Gateshead, Sage 2 (with Samantha Fish)
May 8 Milton Keynes, Stables (with Samantha Fish)
May 9 Edinburgh, Voodoo Rooms (with Samantha Fish)
May 10 Glasgow, Oran Mor (with Samantha Fish)
May 11 Birmingham, O2 Academy 2 (with Samantha Fish)
May 12 Bristol, Thekla (with Samantha Fish)
May 13 Cambridge, Junction (with Samantha Fish)
May 14 Manchester, Band On The Wall (with Samantha Fish)
May 16 London, Garage (with Samantha Fish)
May 17 Brighton, Haunt (with Samantha Fish)
May 18 Oxford, O2 Academy 2 (with Samantha Fish)
May 19 Southampton, Brook (with Samantha Fish)
July 12 Formula 1, Silverstone Woodlands
July 18 Larmer Tree Festival, Wiltshire
July 27 Colour Meeting, Czech Republic
Sep 10-15 AMERICANAFEST, Nashville, TN