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Laurence "Lol" Tolhurst was born on the Third of February 1959, years later he would discover that it was the very day that Buddy Holly passed on...

...five years later two little boys at their first day of school would meet...

Lol Tolhurst and Robert Smith would start on a journey that would take them to the very pinnacle of musical success. In adolescence, Lol and Robert discovered that they shared a similar vision to form a group like the ones that influenced them. This simple inspiration would create one of the most influential, critically acclaimed and commercially successful groups of modern times: The Cure. From 1978 onwards, Lol and The Cure would chart an impressive selection of achievements:

  • Well over 27 million units sold worldwide
  • Extensive touring covering all the continents
  • 40 Platinum and Gold plaques in the US, Europe and Japan
  • Co-writing many of the group's big hits including "Let's Go To Bed", "The Walk" and "The Caterpillar"
  • Over 20 landmark award-winning music videos

Now, fast forward into the 21st century. Hot new artists ranging from Coldplay to The Rapture and Hot Hot Heat have repeatedly cited The Cure as a major influence. The strident beats/drums of the Cure’s masterpiece Pornography and innovative, new wave keyboard licks he pioneered in classic albums like Head On The Door are now being constantly referenced by throwback bands such as The Faint and Fischerspooner. Upon feeling this resurgence, Lol dove headfirst back into the studio with his new project: Levinhurst. Levinhurst is a suave, exotic group comprised of Lol's keyboards, beats, and sonic landscaping against the stirring vocals of Cindy Levinson and intricate musical crafting by Dayton Borders. Cindy's Eurasian lineage adds an ethereal, dreamy feel that incorporates everything from rock, trip-hop, blues and even Middle Eastern ragaas. Layer that on top of Lol's mixture of retro keyboard phrases/riffs/colors with Dayton's intriguing instrumental work and the result leaps into the future as much as it acknowledges his past. The resulting album, Perfect Life, covers that gamut quite nicely with a wider musical range than most electro artists attempt to fill. The minimalist approach of "Let's Go" fits nicely with the down-beat sitar tinged "Sad Man." The Giorgio Moroder-pulsing bassline of "Sorrow" feels just at home near the tribal beats that "More/Mad" devolves into. Add in addictive songwriting and you have an album that will appeal to old Cure fans alongside newcomers to the Electro genre. The album will be released by Full Contact in March 2004.

"I wanted to do something positive now as I have felt inspired by recent trends in music," says Lol. "It feels to me like when I first started making music, which seemed like a good enough reason to do some more!" It is this inspiration that Lol used as a start off point for further sonic experiments. "Listening to new artists utilize the sound I helped develop inspired me to reach now for new sounds in the studio. The finished CD, Perfect Life, is easily the most exhilarating project I've been able to work on since the early Cure records." The timing for Perfect Life couldn't be more perfect as 2003 marks the 25th anniversary of The Cure. In addition to first time eligibility for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, active plans are in the works for remastering the entire Cure catalog. "It's amazing to me that The Cure still has this much viability and resonance so many years later," remarks Lol. "If you had told the schoolboy versions of Robert and myself this is where we'd end up, we wouldn't have believed it!" It sounds like Perfect Life was the most appropriate title Laurence could have given to the Levinhurst CD.

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For more information or to interview Lol & Cindy please contact Lynn Hasty at Green Galactic, 323-466-5141 or email lynn@greengalactic.com.







 




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