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When: 7pm on Friday 30 November 2018
Where: Soup Kitchen, 31-33 Spear Street, Manchester M1 1DF

We’re delighted to be promoting a co-headline show with Curse of Lono and Izzie Walsh!

Acclaimed London five-piece Curse Of Lono released their second album As I Fell on 17 August. The album entered the official Americana Album Charts at No. 10 and the official Independent Albums Breakers Chart at No. 15. Produced by Oli Bayston (Boxed In) at Rancho V, a remote desert studio in Joshua Tree, and Flesh & Bone Studios in Hackney, the album is accompanied by a mini-documentary Somewhere In Their Heads by Gregg Houston (Noel Gallagher, Two Door Cinema Club, Michael Kiwanuka, Foy Vance), which recently won Best Short Documentary at the LA Edge Film Festival, the Jukebox Film Festival in Nevada, Feel The Reel International Film Festival in Glasgow, Changing Face International Film Festival in Sydney, The Hollywood Sun Awards in California and the Cult Critic Film Festival in India.

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.

Although some of the songs on As I Fell revisit familiar themes like murderous jealousy and the death of loved ones, much of the album covers new ground. Leuven, with its sumptuous string arrangement, recalls the stories Felix’s grandfather told him about growing up as a half-Jew in Nazi Germany and a devastating train crash he survived in 1954 after the first football international between England and West Germany after World War 2.

‘It was one of the worst train crashes in Belgian history,’ says frontman Felix Bechtolsheimer. ‘My grandfather and his brother were on their way home from Wembley when their train derailed outside Leuven in Belgium. He told me that he was never able to shake the image of their coats soaked in blood as he and his brother dragged the bodies from the wreck.’

Joining Felix 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).

Curse Of Lono 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, Cordovas and David Ramirez on separate European tours. They will be embarking on a second UK headline tour in November/December.

Co-headliner for this show is Manchester-based Izzie Walsh. Singer-songwriter Izzie Walsh and her Americana band have performed across the UK, taking popular venues and turning them into Tennessee front porches. Starting 2018 off with sold out shows at the Deaf Institute and London’s Slaughtered Lamb, the band released their brand new five-track EP Take Me Back.

Being a mainstay of UK acoustic scene Izzie is always accompanied by her brilliant band, who use traditional instruments such as banjo, mandolin and dobro as well as double bass and drums, creating catchy rhythms and melodies you can’t help but sing along to. Together they have played numerous shows and festivals – with this year’s including Buckle & Boots, Blue Dot, FSA Festival and many more.

Their music takes influence from The Lumineers, Margo Price, Mumford & Sons and Johnny Cash, ensuring that these English hillbillies are like a double whiskey in your Earl Grey, putting a modern kick into their music that will makes your ears tingle.

Buy tickets now. Tickets are available from the bar (no booking fee), Vinyl Exchange, WeGotTickets.comTicketline.co.uk and on 0871 220 0260.

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