Curse Of lono

As I Fell

Classic Rock - - Reviews - Hugh Fielder

Too much junkie busi­ness?

As rock star cre­den­tials go, be­ing an ex-junkie is about as hip as you can get. It’s proof that you would lay down your life for rock’n’roll, ap­par­ently. There’s also the added thrill of wait­ing for the even­tual re­lapse and over­dose, or so the the­ory goes.

The truth can be more pro­saic. Curse Of Lono, led by singer­song­writer Felix Bech­tol­sheimer, sound some­where be­tween the ni­hilis­tic grunge of the Je­sus And Mary Chain and the psy­che­delic desert rock of Stan Ridg­way and Wall Of Voodoo, which is maybe why the al­bum was recorded at a stu­dio in Hack­ney and an­other near Joshua Tree in Cal­i­for­nia. Their songs con­jure up epic, vivid sound­scapes with a heart of noir and the field of vi­sion is cer­tainly broader than last year’s Sev­ered, which was a lot closer to re­hab. The fu­ture is look­ing brighter – Bech­tol­sheimer may have to wear shades.

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