I went to Zanzabar on Wednesday, June 14th not knowing what to expect, but ventured out because I was told that I needed to see San Diego’s Little Hurricane by a friend that I trust. All I knew about them was that they were a two piece band that straddled a line between delta blues and pop rock. As a bass player, I’m always skeptical of seeing an act without one. To say that I was blown away would be an understatement.
The night started off with local act Bendigo Fletcher, another band I hadn’t heard before then. I was pleasantly surprised by their unique sound. They are typically a five piece but played as a 3 piece with guitar, bass, and drums this night. They’re reminiscent of a trippy, tenor John Lennon. The guitar work is unique and dripping wet with chorus. It’s definitely worth a listen.
Then Little Hurricane came out and blew the roof off of the place. The drummer CC is an a true personality on drums. Wearing a sequin dress, she relentlessly beat the hell out of her drums with an infectious and honest smile plastered on her face the entire time. Her drums had a huge, dry tone that made them some of my favorite I’ve ever heard live.
Lead guitarist and lead singer (CC chimes in with vocals periodically) Tone is a true talent. His stage setup featured a slide guitar, a piano, a separate antique and slightly distorted mic, 3 guitars, a pedal board with at least 10 pedals if not more, and an antique end table that functioned as his speaker cabinet. Despite what I would call an overwhelming setup, his playing and the sounds from his playing were all flawless. While his guitar playing obviously gives Little Hurricane a delta blues influence as a base, he’s very comfortable fitting in many different genres. All the while, CC’s powerful drumming takes it all to the next level making it impossible not to dance.
Check out the live version of their new track “Real Love” below.
Top photo of Little Hurricane by George Blosser