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Curse Of Lono on Friday 11th October 2019
81 Renshaw in association with Heaven's Gate are delighted to present, for the music loving community of Merseyside, a much anticipated return to 81 Renshaw of the wonderful Curse Of Lono. Special guest on the night will be John Murry.
CURSE OF LONO
In 2018 Curse Of Lono took their blend of deeply cinematic, harmony-laden Americana and driving, gothic alt-rock around Europe with two UK headline tours and European supports for Steve Earle, Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes and David Ramirez. Joining frontman Felix Bechtolsheimer in Curse Of Lono, who formed in London in 2015, are Joe Hazell (lead guitar and vocals), Dani Ruiz Hernandez (keys and vocals), Charis Anderson (bass and vocals) and Neil Findlay (drums). The band released their second album ‘As I Fell’ in August 2018 to great critical acclaim, earning the band their first top 10 album in the UK Americana Charts. The acclaimed London five-piece were awarded the title of Bob Harris’s Emerging Act of the Year at the 2019 UK Americana Awards which took place at Hackney Empire in January.
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’ owes as much to old faithfuls like The Doors and The Velvet Underground as it does to more contemporary artists such as The War On Drugs and Wilco. The album combines Felix‘s dark lyrics with a rich instrumental sound, and drew on a mix of influences from both sides of the Atlantic. The album was 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 Changing Face International Film Festival in Sydney and the Oniros Film Festival in Rome.
John Murry was adopted at birth into the family of William Faulkner. Raised in Tupelo, Mississippi, in the shadow of Elvis, his undiagnosed autism led to troubles at an early age which led to being institutionalised for addiction and mental health issues at a too young age. Eventually, discarded onto the streets of Memphis, he found music, which became the one constant positive force in his life.
In 2012 he met Tim Mooney (American Music Club) and the group of musicians that helped create his masterpiece “The Graceless Age”. The accolades rolled in and John toured the world. He entranced and devastated audiences with his raw, unfiltered live performances, and it looked like his trajectory was set, that music had won and would have the final word. And then Tim Mooney, John’s mentor, his beacon, his bedrock, died suddenly and unexpectedly… and John’s world fell back in to chaos.
Over the next few years, John would lose the footing that he had struggled so hard to establish. He would lose his wife, his daughter, temporarily his freedom and ultimately his country. But, once again music came to his rescue, this time a meeting with Michael Timmins of Cowboy Junkies who, after being transfixed by John's live performance, assisted him in the creation of his second acclaimed album 'A Short History Of Decay'.
“....seeing him on stage, with just his guitar and his songs reminded me of Townes (Van Zandt), that raw-boned, exquisite beauty, so real that it borders on the uncomfortable, you feel you should look away, but it’s just too compelling to do so. The pain, the intensity, the honesty just draws you deeper”. Michael Timmins
Music Genres: Blues, Country/Americana, Folk
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