Last month we covered London crooner Louis Antoniou‘s first of a series of single releases ‘You Ain’t The Girl’, and true to his word, he is back with a blistering double A side single ‘Lonesomeville’ and ‘I Let the Rain Hard Fall Hard’.
Again, Antoniou has created something with its feet firmly placed in a rockabilly southern swampy blues feel with a touch of freshness and modernity and more than a hint of self-deprecating humour. Both songs are unabashedly enjoyable romps and packed with more style than a Vogue magazine.
‘Lonesomeville’ is a blazing, driving, thrashy song taking on the trope of the lonely hearted troubadour – ‘somebody’s running out of luck, and it’s me babe…‘ at a 100 miles per hour to a Quentin Tarantino film. ‘I Let the Rain Fall Hard’ continues the trope in a more restrained mournful tone that highlights Antoniou’s expressive and heartfelt, heartbroken vocals. Harmonicas and guitar solos that tear out your soul.
According to Antoniou, ‘The tracks derive from doomed heartbreak and endless nights munching a Burger King double bacon cheeseburger meal on lonely journeys home from nights-out.‘
Antoniou is the British answer to Chris Isaac – modern reverb-soaked tales of woe and despair over sharp cutting shards of guitar and Elvis Presley-like emotion-soaked vocals. Marvellous stuff. Look out for further singles over the coming months, and you can catch Antoniou and his band at the following venues around London:
Saturday 24 March 2018
The Horn, St. Albans
Wednesday 11 April 2018
Zigfrid Von Underbelly, London
Saturday 09 June 2018
The Camden Assembly, Camden
The band are:
Manny O Donnell
Feature Photos taken by Paul Hammond