Little Hurricane had quite a year in 2011. While many bands struggle for years to fight for the attention of fans, labels and the media, Little Hurricane found the buzz almost immediately.
The two-piece band formed after lead singer/guitarist Anthony Catalano posted an ad on Craigslist for a drummer. I’ve used Craigslist to sell a couch, area rug, and old dog dishes and I’ve encountered my fair share of characters. I can only imagine what type of humans emerge when you post and ad for a drummer in San Diego. Catching a drummer like Celeste Spina is like winning the lottery. She’s beautiful and loves grimy blues music. 90% of our readers just fell in love with her, including the females.
After forming and walking away with San Diego’s Best New Artist award in 2010, the band released their debut album Homewrecker (one of our favorites) last year, went on to perform at Lollapalooza and even had the song “Get By” featured on the ABC show Revenge. It was during their visit to Chicago for Lolla that we caught up with them for a session at Shirk Music + Sound.
The session features three songs from Homewrecker and one cover of “Grounds for Divorce” by English band Elbow. If you haven’t heard the original, go download it and thank Little Hurricane later for making the introduction. I hadn’t heard the original before and it’s already an addiction. It is also a special treat to hear these live takes of “Crocodile Tears” and “Trouble Ahead,” two of my favorite tracks on the album. Just wait for the little interlude at 2:40 on “Trouble Ahead.” It begs for an answer to a complex question, much like similar conundrums throughout our existence: Does a bear shit in the woods? Does a one legged duck swim in circles? Does a shark have a waterproof asshole? Would you like some slide guitar accompanied with cowbell? Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes.
Little Hurricane are touring around the NW in February before making stops in other cities on their way to Austin for SXSW in March. Visit their site for specifics on tour dates.
Video: Little Hurricane – Grounds for Divorce (Elbow Cover)
Video: Little Hurricane – Haunted Heart