Hart and The Hurricane

Hart and The Hurricane


A wind blows by your ears, you hear a string of chimes jingle, bottles roll on the sidewalk, a kid passes you mowing the lawn with headphones, there is a church organ playing somewhere, then someone throws a bunch of rocks through a window near your head.


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.


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

Set List

We play an upbeat, all original set. Lately we've been throwing in a cover of Neil Diamond's "Solitary Man". At one time we'd do Franki Valli's "Too good to be true". We usually play about a 45-50 minute set, but have done two hour long sets of originals as well.