A year and a half ago, I had the opportunity to catch the duo, Little Hurricane, at Telluride Blues & Brews Festival. With CC on drums and Tone on guitar and lead vocals, they are blues rock with an indie edge. There first album “Homewrecker” had the feel of a movie that has the main characters driving through the desert in a convertible. Due to the release date being pushed back a couple of months, I have been highly anticipating the new album from Little Hurricane.
There is something a little bit Smash Mouth meets Fastball about the opening track, “Summer Air”. CC’s voice is complementary to Tone’s leads. I can appreciate the effects used on his guitar, as well.
“Upside Of Down” has the jingle jangle of a country western tune. Like riding at a slow trot across the Texas on horseback.
The opening guitar on “Sheep In Wolves Clothing” sounds like a big night sky full of stars. The drums feel like moving and building speed. I believe this was the first song released on itunes, which makes sense based on its indie rock radio flavor.
“Boiling Water” is one of my favorites on the album. It has a nice layering of horns and some great rolling percussion. There are moments of jazz guitar on this one, that don’t seem out of place.
From the beginning, “No Man’s Land” sounds like a spoof on Eric Carmen’s “All By Myself”, a la the Black Keys.
“Bones” is a real love song, which isn’t that typical for Little Hurricane.
CC’s retort to Tone’s lead vocals on “Breathe” are like an old married couple going back and forth. More hope, despite the acknowledgement of where they went wrong.
“Con Man” is a slower dark number about bad choices in the people we let in. The strings are a nice subtle touch, but I wish they had been used sooner in the song.
“Sorry Son” has a modern indie pop song with strings vibe. It has a great build. It seems like it has the ability to be from the view of a parent or a kid looking from the parents’ perspective. It sounds like a relationship destroyed by bad choices.
There is a rockin’ intro on “Superblues” about hard work paying off, at least some of the time.
The title track “Gold Fever”, has a lot of the qualities that made “Homewrecker” so compelling. CC gets to take some vocal duties matching Tone’s. This is another one that sounds inspired by The Black Keys.
“Grand Canyon” has that metallic old school rockabilly swagger. With lyrics like “I might die in Mexico for you” it is a sure winner in my book.
After a long wait for Little Hurricane’s new album “Gold Fever”, I am happy to say it was worth it. It isn’t as dark or raw as their last album, but it isn’t necessarily missing anything. With the addition of horns, harmonica and strings on a few of the songs, what is different evens itself out well. I know there are other great musical duo’s out there, but I think Little Hurricane is high up on the list with their brand of rockin’ indie-blues. They are playing at the Larimer Lounge on Saturday 5/03, so check them out. Enjoy!!
HAPPY LISTENING!!!! 😉