Find What You Love and Let It Kill You
Former Creation Records act Hurricane#1 are back! After battling cancer, frontman Alex Lowe has emerged triumphant and resurrected his old band for their first album in 16 years, following 1999's Only the Strongest Will Survive. The original line up included ex-Ride guitarist and vocalist Andy Bell, Alex Lowe (vocals and guitar), bassist Will Pepper and drummer Gareth Farmer. The band split up in 1999 after releasing two full-length albums and several singles on Creation Records. Their anthemic sound was influenced by classic '60s rock 'n' roll, soul, and country rock, but with a contemporary edge. Superstar DJ Paul Oakenfold remixed their debut single, and UNKLE's James Lavelle revamped "Only The Strongest Will Survive." After the demise of Hurricane#1, Lowe concentrated on his solo career, and in 2013, released an album under the name Gun Club Cemetery on Alan McGee's 359 Music. McGee has been the driving force behind bringing Hurricane#1 back from the dead. This time around, Lowe is joined by Brazilian brothers Carlo and Lucas Mariani on guitar and bass and Chris Campbell on drums. Find What You Love and Let It Kill You came about when Lowe was in hospital undergoing cancer treatments. He recalls, "I would sit there on the bed for hours just thinking, staring out the window, then I thought if I'm spending my time in here doing nothing, I may as well try and keep busy, so I wrote most of the album in hospital... When you are wired up to chemo and radio therapy, the last thing you want to do is wallow in it and feel sorry for yourself so I had the idea that the album should be happy and not too dark. I knew I wanted it to be a very organic album, back to basics type of sound, nothing fancy, just good tunes played in a good rock 'n' roll manner." The album was recorded in Turriff, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, where Steve Ransome, an old friend of Lowe's, runs a studio. During the recording sessions Andy Bell contributed the backward guitar sounds on "Think of the Sunshine." For the artwork the band hunted down loads of ideas, but couldn't find anything they liked, so Lowe painted it. "It's all original artwork I did for this album, a bit what like John Squire did for the Roses, I think it works great."