Loud Garage/Mod band playing 60s Soul, R&B and Boss British Beat like it was 1966 all over again, with the attitude of The Who & The Clash.
Four chaps who had been around the musical block decided to get it together to be the kind of band they'd like to go and see themselves.
Hurricanes Clarke, Jones & Robinson spent many years from the mid nineties chasing the fetid corpse of the britpop infused music industry around in cult heroes Collide who put out 2 Eps before quitting.
Hurricane Norton, having spent a couple of years being Collide's brass section, would become the low slung bass playing lynchpin of punk/ska legends The Pressure Tones before they split.
From playing covers in their first few gigs, the band inevitably started writing their own material. And even more inevitably felt that they wanted to record.
The debut single Cool Jerk / The Magic Touch was the first step and highlighted the garage mod sound they were delivering at gigs.
For the second single the band chose to take complete control over recording and mixing. Original tune “Is There A Why In Your Mynd?” mixed 60s garageband fuzz with stomping soul big beat. Backed with a raucous live recording of The Eyes “I’m Rowed Out”, the single was released across the usual digital platforms.
2019 saw The Hurricanes are releasing their debut album “Let’s Go!”, featuring 10 original songs recorded and mixed by the band, and although they added organ, piano, percussion to some of the tracks, the feel and sound is pure garage mod soul punk, redolent of their live performance.
Following the album 2019 also saw, ‘Look Out!’, the first vinyl release from the band, with Side A’s ‘Look Out!' providing a heavy guitar opening, firing into punchy vocals, giving an anthem for any live outing for the band. Side!B’s ‘Shake It ’ is a rework of the band’s popular album track ‘Shake It Down’, vocals removed, swirling magical Hammond added, scarce vocals added on top, resulting in a mighty fine Hammond/guitar fury for the full duration. With this collaboration, step up organ maestro Rod Spark (Groove Tunnel, Shadowland, Modus, The Omega Four, The Apparells), who once filled in for James Taylor for late gigs for Medway legends The Prisoners, and was also short listed to replace Rob Collins in The Charlatans, as well as being head honcho at his own Groove Tunnel Studios.
This is not a smooth studio polished effort. Feedback squeals, amps hum, drums pound, and the edges of the sound distort. This is deliberate. This is the sound of The Hurricanes.
All of this brings us to the strange lockdown world of 2020 and the imminent release of a second album "Look Out! It's The Hurricanes". Featuring 11 brand new original tracks and due out in June, this second album really does have the feeling of putting you right in the middle of their rehearsal rooms! Chaotic, energetic and loud, just like a hurricane! Watch this space!
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