Curse Of Lono who will release their new studio album People In Cars in North America this coming Spring on April 22nd via Submarine Cat Records (She Drew The Gun, Alabama 3, John Murry) on CD, LP, cassette and digital formats. They’ve also recently released a video of performing “Man Down,” live at Karma Studios in London.
Recorded with long-term collaborator and producer Oli Bayston (Spiritualized, Teleman, Boxed In) and engineer Iain Berryman (Wolf Alice, Arcade Fire, Kings Of Leon), People In Cars was initially recorded in June 2020, with each band member, including guitarist Joe Hazell, drummer Neil Findlay, keyboardist Dani Ruiz Hernandez and bassist Charis Anderson, recording their parts individually.
But, having lost his father in April, Felix Bechtolsheimer began writing more songs for the record, and recorded them stripped down with Bayston, pedal steel player Joe Harvey-Whyte and Boxed In drummer Liam Hutton early in 2021. People In Cars sees Curse Of Lono adopt a “Post-Country” aesthetic.
As Bechtolsheimer’s bandmates each fell into day jobs to survive the pandemic, the band became more of a solo project. He comments:
I got a record that’s my favourite record I’ve ever made by a long way, and it’s the record I needed to make. I lost my dad, my uncle and my ex-partner last year, and my band, but I’ve got this record and I almost look at it like a bit of a shrine.