Blues-rock duo Little Hurricane on the folly of the “slow tour.”
Little Hurricane is roaring back into town with a new album after four months on a “slow tour.” The idea was to spend time in several major cities, getting to know the scene and forming relationships with locals. So far, the tour has seen the boy-girl duo recording and performing their infectious blues rock through custom suitcase amps on a stage ornamented with lamps and living room furniture in Las Vegas, Portland, Seattle, Sacramento, San Francisco, and Santa Cruz. Before heading home, Little Hurricane plans to play three showcases at the South by Southwest music conference in Austin, Texas, and a bar in Phoenix.
“In Seattle we got to meet a lot of local bands and see what was going on in that community,” guitarist Tone says in a phone call from his hometown of Santa Cruz. “But, gas has become really expensive. Also, we didn’t realize that a lot of venues don’t want you playing again in the same city within a week or two of a show. So that’s caused a little bit of trouble. The slow tour doesn’t make as much sense as we’d hoped. In the future, we’re going to bounce around a bit faster.”
“The first time you go to a city as a new band, it’s really hard to get venues to open up to you,” drummer C.C. says. “They’ve never heard your name before. You’re from a different city.... What we enjoyed and really didn’t expect was having a lot of people reach out to us. Before we even got to cities, people were hanging up fliers and making Yelp events. People we didn’t even know were helping us out.”
One Seattle benefactor had seen their online Wilcox Sessions clip produced by a collection of filmmakers who make music videos with touring bands in their Hollywood loft. He contacted the band by email, posted fliers and refused reimbursement when they met.
Little Hurricane blows through the Casbah April 2 to release their new 12-song album Home Wrecker. They’ll be auditioning keyboardists in San Diego and performing at the CityBeat Festival of Beers on April 9 before taking off again to wreck homes up the West Coast.