RGM Introducing – We Interview soloist Curse of Lono
What made you decide to become an artist?
I was going through a tricky time as a teenager when I discovered The Sex Pistols and Pink Floyd. I’d never really picked up on music that actually said stuff beyond your standard love songs before that. It made me feel like I wasn’t alone. That when I knew I wanted to join the tribe.
Introduce us all to you and your musical history?
I started playing in punk bands at school and then I was in a grunge band called Late Night Munchies for a while. We got some major label interest but I got kicked out for being strung out. I moved to the US in 2000 to come off heroin and that’s where my love affair with Americana really kicked off. The Rolling Stones were the gateway drug to that stuff. When I came back to London I started Hey Negrita and we made three studio albums and a live acoustic record and did a lot of touring. When that ended I started Curse Of Lono. It’s been a fun ride.
What’s one question you’re sick of being asked when interviewed?
Where did the band name come from?
What was the most fun you have had on stage?
We played a club in Glasgow before the pandemic and the audience was singing so loud that we couldn’t hear ourselves on stage. That was pretty cool.
What was the worst experience on stage?
There are too many to list here haha. I was pushed on stage with a microphone in Zurich with an artist we were supporting and I didn’t know the song. That was pretty embarrassing. And I’ve had speakers blow up a few times. That’s never fun.
Tell us something about you that you think people would be surprised about?
I don’t know what key any of my songs are in.
Do you sign up to any conspiracy theories?
Not really. I think our politicians are too stupid to cook up anything that will fool us for long.
Name a four piece band made up of legends – who would be in it? (drummer, bass, lead singer etc)
Keith Moon on drums, Kim Deal on bass and backing vocals, Lou Reed on lead vocals and Robbie Krieger on guitar.
If you could play any music festival which would it be?
That’s a tricky one but New Orleans Jazz Fest or Newport Folk Festival is right up there.
What advice would you give someone going into the music industry?
Don’t let the bastards get you down
What’s your biggest achievement as an artist?
When my daughter started singing along to Way To Mars
What makes you stand out as an Artist?
I’m not sure. Hopefully, my songs but you tell me.
Right now, what’s pissing you off the most in the industry?
Covid? I don’t know. It’s hard to say. I don’t really think about it too much. I enjoy what I do and I’m grateful for every person who listens and comes to a show.
What’s your favorite song to play live and why?
That changes all the time. At the moment it’s Kathleen. It’s a proper desert trip when we play it with the new band.
I hear you have a new album out, what can you tell us about it?
Yes. People In Cars came out 26th November on Submarine Cat Records. It’s out on vinyl, CD, download and cassette. Buy it. I’ll love you forever!
Talk me through the thought process of the album?
It was tricky. We wanted to make more of a band record but that wasn’t possible with Covid. I recorded demos and then built on those with our producer Oli Bayston. Then we got the musicians in one by one. It was a strange way to do things but it worked.
Why record an album? A lot of artists are going down the road of regular singles, just interested in your thoughts on committing to an album right now.?
I’ve always liked the idea of developing a body of work. I like the journey an album can take you on. But that’s not to say I wouldn’t be open to doing some individual tracks as they appear.
What was the biggest learning curve in writing the album?
I started doing a lot of stream of consciousness writing for this record. I learned that some of the best stuff comes when I’m not trying to make anything happen.
Would you change anything now it’s finished?
Of course. There are always things I would do differently given the chance but I’m very happy with how it’s turned out.
What are your plans for the year ahead?
Touring, writing, and recording. We have some European dates coming up and there will be a lot of UK touring to catch up on.
Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?
Yes. I’d like to say a big thank you to the team at Submarine Cat Records. Darrin, Carlos, Sophie, Dino and everyone else who is helping keep us afloat.