Acclaimed new London five-piece Curse Of Lono will release their debut album Severed on Submarine Cat Records on April 7th. A sumptuously cinematic record that combines harmony-laden Americana with driving, gothic alt-rock, Severed was produced at Gun Factory studio by Oli Bayston (Boxed In).

Curse Of Lono release first single Pick Up The Pieces today, taken from upcoming debut album Severed, and they have recently announced they will be performing at several festivals across the summer including Camden Rocks and Wychwood Festival.

Following their recent sold out gigs at The Islington and Servants Jazz Quarters, Curse Of Lono have announced a headline show at Water Rats on Thursday April 20th.

Founded and fronted by Felix Bechtolsheimer, formerly the singer-guitarist in British roots pioneers Hey Negrita, Curse Of Lono formed in early 2015, though the songs on Severed were written over a 14-year period. They range from the perky, Paul Simon-ish new single Pick Up The Pieces to the more lugubrious He Takes My Place, the almost jazzy London Rain and the rootsy, rhythmic Send For The Whiskey. The album belongs as much to the Americana tradition and old faithfuls such as Little Feat as it does to more modern, playful practitioners of the form such as Beck.

Following their recent sold out gigs at The Islington and Servants Jazz Quarters, Curse Of Lono have announced a headline show at Water Rats on Thursday April 20th.

Tickets available now from https://billetto.co.uk/en/events/curse-of-lono-water-rats

“Oli’s a very clever guy,” praises Felix. “He just gets it. He can make dance music or Americana – he played the piano parts on the last Willie Mason record. But I didn’t want an Americana producer with a set formula, I wanted a completely blank canvas.”

Lyrically, the songs cover themes including infidelity and sexual jealousy, the death of friends, and Felix’s personal struggle with heroin 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.”

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