An East Kilbride rock band born in the midst of the pandemic is making waves across the world after landing a recording deal in the United States.
Rockabilly trio The Hurricanes have yet to perform together after forming at the start of the first lockdown, but their brand of high-octane rock from the 1950s sparked a storm around the world after the release of their debut album on Missing Fink Records.
The famous label, based in Georgia in the United States, was won over by the unique style of the Hurricanes after hearing some of their tracks and was quick to get them back.
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Drummer Derek Littlejohn said: âI was plugging in our songs because we hadn’t had any airing or anything after we kicked off from the start of the Covid outbreak.
“I approached Missing Fink who said ‘this has to come out!’ They didn’t want anyone else to catch us.
âWe have released an album and two seven inch singles and our third is being mastered in Nashville and due out. We are currently working on our second album – it’s crazy.â
Reminiscent of Eddie Cochrane and a young Stray Cats, the Hurricanes often make comparisons to groups like the Reverend Horton Heat, the Hillbilly Hellcats and Restless.
They are Stephen Clyde (guitarist and singer), drummer Derek and David Reid (double bass).
Their distinct sound is firmly rooted in 1950s rock ‘n’ roll, while some tracks tend to lean towards country, blues and folk music influences. Their own brand of rockabilly has been described as a âbreath of fresh airâ by fans and critics.
The guys’ debut album, Devil’s Choice, was released on their own indie label Always a Hit Records and features 10 self-written tracks that hit the slap that bass critics, rockabilly radio stations, small town hop, rocking. 247 Unleashed Radio and Magazine.
The anthem Rockabilly Hair – which stars legendary bassist Johnny Hatton of the Brian Setzer Orchestra – as well as the drinking anthem Liquor, Beer and Wine and a cover of the classic Restless Rockabilly Rat are already favorites within the rockabilly community. .
Derek added, âThe debut album did very well in Japan, America and Russia with our first sold-out pressing. We also sell a lot of stuff all over Europe and Australia.
âIt was really alien putting everything in place during the pandemic because we couldn’t play live, we just rehearsed, recorded and wrote the album individually. It was so weird not to play.
“I would do the basic drum track and Steven would record his vocals and send it. David is a wizard with notes, we wrote songs and he put his stamp on it by adding embellishments that sounded good.”
Now the band are gearing up for their first live concert at the Admiral in Glasgow on November 19, followed by Stereo in December, which Derek says has been âa long time agoâ.
He said: âIt will be great to finally be on stage together. We are all excited and looking forward to it.
âThere’s a lot of fun in rockabilly concerts with people dressing and dancing, it’s a whole community feel.
“Hopefully we can get to Europe next year if it’s a little easier to travel and play as much as possible.”
After a series of concerts until 2022, the group is also expected to perform at the London festivals Psychabilly Freakout and Bedlam Breakout in the new year.
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