Hart and The Hurricane
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Hart and The Hurricane

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"Band Of The Week"

The soulful jangle of Hart and the Hurricane comes straight out of a greaser garage circa 1959. The four-man band's music carries a whiff of Kentucky bourbon and Lucky Strikes, barroom brawls and moonlit nights, bounding along on swampy organ runs, walking bass, punchy drums, and singer Hart Kingsbery's got a like-a-man-possessed howl, but he can smolder and croon when the song calls for it. Loose, propulsive, and leather-jacket classy, these guys shimmy like a Corvair convertible on a country road. JONATHAN ZWICKEL

Hart and the Hurricane play Wed Nov 14th at the Tractor Tavern - The Stranger


Hart and The Hurricane- Self Titled Debut album
Vampire Tea EP- Vampire Tea gets played on KEXP
Untitled New Album- To be released in the next month or so



Seattle four-piece Hart and the Hurricane are a night time sort of band. Smokey vintage organs and tremolo guitars mingle with neon lights and half-moon twilight in songs about "Loretta" and "Norma Lee", and what's going to happen tonight. With backing vocals, ironic chord changes, essential root-fifth basslines, and the occasional bar room piano, 60s rock influences cross comfortably with country and blues.

The best way to experience Hart and the Hurricane is to see them play live. Their galvanizing set always puts one in the mood to raise a glass or clap along. Each band member brings something special to the table. Hart Kingsbery's lead vocals are confident and expressive, and dig into every opportunity for animation, while he binds the sound together on a semi-hollowbody electric. Ben Strehle is adept on keyboards, seeming to improvise like an old jazz club cat, but with such accuracy and good taste that the parts must have been rehearsed. Corey Kaiser is cool and groovy on the Fender P-bass, carrying his weight soulfully and steadily in classic form. And last but not least, drummer Michael Alex brings fire, technical agility and downright showmanship to the rhythm section, including some extended drum solos that can steal the attention of an entire room, and remind you that yes, real humans actually can play drums like this. The band moves seamlessly through their set, able to reach for a beer glass or engage with the audience without ever interrupting the mojo. Occasionally they’ll throw in a cover song that drives home the deliciously retro vibe of the band, such as their loungy rendition of Frankie Valli’s “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You.”

When it comes to their recorded material, Hart and the Hurricane's self-titled first full-length album gives one a chance to enjoy the clever and well-crafted lyrics, without losing the intensity of the live gig. Hart is a pro, recalling a day when vocalists were performers, and excellence in the one take studio environment was a minimum requirement. Mellotronian strings and jewels of Wurlitzer sparkle in stereo on "Whale on the Beach" before giving way to a tom-driven outro that brings to mind various well-loved 60s pop bands. The songs are energetic, short and sweet - again in the tradition of times past - making their point and leaving the listener fully attentive. Themes of hard times and isolation set the mood, with "You're Just a Patsy" offering incisive, witty lyrics with a bit of political punch. The Hurricane know their strengths, and they’ll be playing them up long before they’ve played them out.