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With a creative energy reflective of their name, HURRICANE#1 swept across into the indie/Brit pop scene after emerging in 1997. Formed by Alex Lowe and former Ride Member Andy Bell, the band signed to Creation Records, the infamous Alan McGee label which housed the likes of Oasis, Primal Scream and Teenage Fanclub.

Cue a lively line of singles breaching the UK Top 50, including the classic, ‘Step into my world’, and similarly well-received and successful albums across the mid to late 90’s.

They cast a Brit pop/alternative rock nurtured sound which with its and the band’s bold individuality equally took eager hold of live audiences, the band subsequently touring the world as well as sharing stages with contemporaries such as Supergrass, Ocean Colour Scene and Embrace.

They were leaving an indelible mark on the UK indie scene which the splitting up of HURRICANE#1 in 2000 could not diminish; a moment in British music which saw Andy subsequently joining Oasis and Alex setting out on a potent solo career as an acoustic artist.

The terrible news that he had cancer with a poor outlook stopped Alex in his tracks, well for a moment as the gladiator within returned with gusto and accompanied by the guidance of Alan McGee, he reformed Hurricane#1 with a new line-up and hungrily going on to release a clutch of albums and touring the UK.

It was a period seeing numerous personnel changes, Alex in reflection joking that he felt like Mark E Smith from The Fall at times. It was also the time of a keenly fresh breath and imagination to the band’s song writing and music though health issues for Alex still stalked him. Receiving the all-clear from cancer in 2018 was followed by renal failure from which he nearly died, his cancer treatment destroying the one kidney it was found he had been born with.

Alex entered into dialysis in November last year but of course the fighter remains, and the band are poised to send another spark through the music scene with their new album, ‘Can't get there from here’, its release scheduled for early 2023. Alex’s prowess as vocalist/guitarist is aligned to the equally dextrous invention of bassist Mark McCinness, guitarist Richard Rapa, and drummer Chris Campbell; a unit of enterprise ready to share its own creative fighter within starting with new single ‘Autopilot Man’.

Hurricane#1 is as hungry as ever to ingrain their enduring mark even deeper within British music; as the band itself roar…

The storm is in the horizon.

Here’s the video for Autopilot Man:

Band members, instrument and hailing from:

Alex Lowe Vocals & Guitars - Fraserburgh Aberdeenshire

Mark McCinness – Bass - Liverpool

Richard Rapa - Guitars & Backing Vocals - Perth

Chris Campbell - Drums & Percussion - Liverpool


Here’s the video for Autopilot Man:


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