Curse Of Lono have been announced as the recipients of the Bob Harris Emerging Artist Award, which will be presented at the UK Americana Awards at Hackney Empire January 31st. Selected by Bob Harris OBE, this special award celebrates the breakthrough artist, duo or group that has particularly impressed the legendary music broadcaster throughout the year, and previous winners include The Wandering Hearts in 2018 and Wildwood Kin in 2017.
Curse Of Lono released their critically acclaimed second album ‘As I Fell’ in August. Produced by Oli Bayston (Boxed In) at Rancho V, a remote desert studio in Joshua Tree, California and Flesh & Bone Studios in Hackney, ‘As I Fell’, 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, Spain, Russia, Thailand and The Czech Republic (including 4 top 10 positions).
The video for recent single ‘Way To Mars’, shot by acclaimed filmmaker Gregg Houston on the band’s 2018 European tour, recently reached No. 1 in the iTunes video chart, knocking Mariah Carey off the top spot.
‘As I Fell’ is the follow-up to ‘Severed’, one of the most critically acclaimed debuts of 2017, and builds on Curse Of Lono’s deeply cinematic blend of harmony-laden Americana and driving, gothic alt-rock. It’s a 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.
The album has been accompanied by a short documentary ‘Somewhere In Their Heads’ by Gregg Houston (Van Morrison, Noel Gallagher, Two Door Cinema Club, Michael Kiwanuka), which has won Best Short Documentary at the LA Edge Film Awards, the Hollywood Sun Awards, the Golden Gate International Film Festival, the Jukebox Film Festival in Nevada, the Changing Face International Film Festival in Sydney, the Oniros Film Festival in Rome, Feel The Reel International Film Festival in Glasgow, the Mindfield Film Festival in New Mexico and the Calcutta International Cult Film Festival in India as well as the Audience Award at the Sunday Shorts Film Festival in London.
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 their first UK headline tour in May, including a sold-out show at London’s Lexington, and appeared at several UK Festivals this summer as well as supporting Steve Earle, Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes, Cordovas and David Ramirez on separate European tours. They will be embarking on a second UK headline tour of 2018 later this month.
CURSE OF LONO – LIVE
November 22 Winchester, The Railway (UK Headline Tour)
November 29 Glasgow, Hug & Pint (UK Headline Tour)
November 30 Manchester, Soup Kitchen (UK Headline Tour)
December 1 Birmingham, Dark Horse (UK Headline Tour)
December 6 London, Borderline (UK Headline Tour)
December 8 Bristol, Mr Wolf’s (UK Headline Tour)
December 13 Worthing, Bar 42 (UK Headline Tour)
December 14 Liverpool, 81 Renshaw (UK Headline Tour)
May 21 Paris, Le Flow (with Samantha Fish)
May 22 Brussels, AB Club (with Samantha Fish)
May 23 Amsterdam, Q Factory (with Samantha Fish)
May 24 Hamburg, Fabrik (with Samantha Fish)
May 25 Dortmund, Piano (with Samantha Fish)
May 26 Nurnberg, Hirsch (with Samantha Fish)
May 27 Munich, Strom (with Samantha Fish)
May 28 Zurich, Kaufleuten (with Samantha Fish)
May 30 Milan, Legend Club (with Samantha Fish)