Catania (IT) – Seahorse Recordings
Beauty and sadness are twin sisters, and there’s plenty of both in LoMB’s debut album “Cuts”, out now on Seahorse Recordings.
Based in the creative hub of Catania and born in 1971, Giuseppe Lombardo can write songs that sound – and actually are – honest and intense, a merciless attempt to heal wounds that life gives us, often invisible but deeper than tattoos. His kindred souls are Tom Waits, Sir King Ink “Let Love In” era, Morphine, but also the burning alt.folk of Willard Grant Conspiracy and Steve Wynn’s “days of wine and roses”.
“Cuts” put LoMB under the focus of international alt.folk scene, with plenty of nice reviews and airplay from UK, the States and Europe. The single “Princess”, released on April 12th 2019, was premiered on greek popular website Last Day Deaf.
Europe and Uk tour is now in the making for Autumn 2019.
On stage Lomb line up is a trio, featuring long-time friend Walter Caraci on double-bass and Santo Trombetta at electric guitar and keyboards.
LomB is the very last adventure for Lombardo, who’s been on the edgy and avantgarde scenes since early ’90s, when he toured Hungary with his first post punk-new wave band, called Nerves’ Korut, whose song “Taste of money” was produced by Fugazi’s Don Zientara. His next project, called Plank, released in 1998 an album produced by Agostino Tilotta from Uzeda, and with the later bands Baffos and Ute Puta he shared stages with Sonic Youth, Wire, Old Time Relijun, Melt Banana and No Means No. His latest group Zuma released the album “Less Is More” in 2013 on Viceversa Records, produced by dark folk italian songwriter Cesare Basile.
To be creative is actually a visceral need for Giuseppe Lombardo, who’s a graphic designer and photographer in “everyday life”, and LoMB is for sure his most intimate and challenging adventure up-to-date, deserving a proper place in those holy desert lands where freaks and beautiful losers drink at the moon.
Yes, the unholy trinity of Cave, Cohen and Waits have obviously left their sonic ﬁngerprints on the music, but it is more to do with the aitude and delivery than any direct steal. The same blend of beauty and melancholy, of grit and grace, of integrity and intensity runs through the songs, the same dark, soul searching reﬂections are being pursued here. Dancing About Architecture (UK)
A pioneer striking out to stake a claim to live by new rules. Some may seek to avoid the eccentricities, but stop by and listen, there is an interesting story here. AmericanaUK
This is an expertly crafted record, that pushes boundaries, displays plenty of chops and is instantly engaging. A definite must have. Floorshime Zipper Boots (USA)
Princess is a powerful lovesong about loss, about the end of the mutual dreams, hopes or even fears, an end of an era. It’s about the end of romance. But above all, this is a pure intense masterpiece. A rare soul testimony. And we are more than proud to exclusively premiere this gem. Vital! Last Day Deaf (GR)
Giuseppe Lombardo n’est pas seulement un artiste influencé par ses idoles mais qu’il sait nous emmener vers une entité originale et singulière. Une entité proche de celle d’un Sparklehorse mélancolique (‘Princess’) ou d’un Tom Waits folk (‘What Does It Matter’). Emission Electrophone (FR)
Il mood malato può ricordare un pò il primo Nick Cave, ma soprattutto il Midwest americano” 7 Blow Up (IT)
Gli arrangiamenti sono ben fatti, ricchi di effetti e distorsioni, e la voce roca e calda ha il suo perché. Oltre le mode musicali del momento. Rockit.it