Little Hurricane

Little Hurricane (10:00 PM)

Sonny Boy Thorn (9:15 PM)

Hamish Anderson (8:30 PM)

Thu, December 3, 2015

8:00 pm

Adv Tix $13.00 / Day of Show Tix $15.00

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Little Hurricane - (Set time: 10:00 PM)
Little Hurricane
For the recording of their sophomore album Gold Fever, San Diego-based dirty-blues twosome Little Hurricane skipped the studio and rented out a 19th-century apple-packing house in an old gold mining town. For two weeks, singer/guitarist Tone Catalano and drummer/vocalist C.C. Spina hunkered down with vintage equipment borrowed from a friend who once recorded with legendary bands like the Grateful Dead and Deep Purple. Sweating through a mid-summer heat wave in their air-conditioner-free surroundings— and often visited by tarantulas, turkeys, deer, and other local creatures—Little Hurricane quickly found their new album taking on a swampy yet ethereal vibe that slyly captures the spirit of the weirder, wilder corners of Southern California.

The follow-up to Homewrecker (the debut album Little Hurricane self-released in 2011), Gold Fever busts open its predecessor’s rootsy blues-rock with an Americana-influenced sense of storytelling, a disarming ease with breezy melody, and a broader sonic palette. At turns stark and lushly textured, the album draws much inspiration from Tone and C.C.’s frequent getaways to the desert and their shared love of Salvation Mountain, the Salton Sea, and “all those places where kooky people go to escape the rest of the world,” according to C.C. Also essential to Gold Fever’s sonics were the acoustics of the recording space itself—located in Julian, California, the house was built from foot-and-a-half-thick stone and crammed with thousands of books left behind by its author-owners—as well as Little Hurricane’s use of analog equipment. “It’s the same equipment that made those bands sound so good back in the ‘60s and ‘70s, and it really helps to balance out the digital edge from the more modern technology we’re sometimes using,” notes Tone, a longtime audiophile who served as producer on Gold Fever. Formed in 2010 and fast recognized as a killer live act, Little Hurricane devoted two years to the creation of Gold Fever. “Homewrecker was recorded literally while touring, in kitchens and living rooms all over the place, so for this one we wanted to take more time and see what happened,” says C.C. While the album has a heart-on-sleeve honesty that’s deeply intimate, Gold Fever also delivers a slew of songs huge in sound and scope. “Playing big festivals over the past couple years and getting on those bigger stages motivated us to write bigger songs,” she points out.

The commitment to organic, unadorned sound is evident in the Little Hurricane’s live experience, which has graced major festivals like Lollapalooza and Austin City Limits in recent years. “Live is what we’re really all about, and we try to put on as big a show we can for everyone,” says C.C. The stripped-down but amped-up two-piece dynamic also goes a long way in maintaining Little Hurricane’s beautifully brutal energy, even on the more intricate and melody-soaked arrangements heard throughout Gold Fever. “One of the most important things for us on this album was making sure we never strayed too far from just good, straight-up rock-and-roll recording,” Tone says. “We try to keep it raw and honest, and with the two of us that’s not so hard.”
Sonny Boy Thorn - (Set time: 9:15 PM)
Sonny Boy Thorn
Sonny Boy Thorn is a new project by guitarist-songwriter-producer Christopher Thorn of the multi-platinum Blind Melon (Awolnation/B!tch) and vocalist-songwriter Davie Dennis of the now defunct LA indie-rock band Voxhaul Broadcast. Rounding out the band is Tony Cupito and Daniel Curcio (formally Beware of Darkness). Uniting their talents to form what Kevin Bronson of Buzzbands LA calls "festival-ready classic rock with big grooves and modern influences" Learn more at www.sonnyboythorn.com
Hamish Anderson - (Set time: 8:30 PM)
Hamish Anderson
Not many twenty-three year old blues/rock guitarists can claim to have opened for BB King on tour in the US, but that is exactly Hamish Anderson's destiny, as he recently finished a tour with the legendary Blues guitarist in September and October 2014.

Having made a name for himself in Melbourne, Australia for his impressive live show that encompasses a mix of electric blues-soaked rock and modern roots songs, Hamish Anderson's self-titled debut EP was released independently in November 2013. His second EP, RESTLESS, will release in October, 2014, with the first single, Burn, already earning stellar reviews on IndieShuffle.com, Torrent This TV in Australia and Guitar World.

On RESTLESS, Hamish Anderson teams up with producer/engineer Krish Sharma (Rolling Stones, Counting Crowes). Recorded in Los Angeles at Henson Studios, the EP showcases Anderson's blues infused rock and lyrical imagery. The single "Burn," is an adrenaline-charged blues explosion, charged with classic guitar riffs and dramatic drumbeats. The other tracks on RESTLESS ("Shotgun," "Little Lies" "Restless" and "Street Lights") showcase Anderson's wide-ranging guitar talents along with his distinctive vocals. In addition, Grammy-ward-winning pedal steel guitarist Greg Leisz (Tom Petty, Ray LaMontagne) adds his magic to "Shotgun" and "Street Lights."

Anderson recorded his first EP with Eric J. Dubowsky (Weezer, Bluejuice), Rami Jaffee (keyboardist for Foo Fighters and founding member of The Wallflowers) stopped past the studio to record organ and piano, alongside bass player Rob Calder (Angus & Julia Stone, Kanye West). Both EPs were mastered by Brian Lucey (The Black Keys, Dr John, The Shins).
Venue Information:
Troubadour
9081 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90069
http://www.troubadour.com/

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