Blues-rock duo Little Hurricane a family affair – by t_lanham – July 5, 2017



Despite their best efforts, drummer-vocalist Celeste “C.C.” Spina and her singer-guitarist husband Anthony “Tone” Catalano of the San Diego-based blues-rock duo Little Hurricane won’t likely be moving to the Bay Area.

The couple recently has been crashing in Santa Cruz, where Catalano’s folks live, shopping for real estate big enough for not only an elaborate home studio, but the son Spina is expecting in three months. But financial facets of their situation are making the process difficult.

“It’s hard to buy a house, because nowhere up here is in a musician’s budget. Especially when we have to explain to the lender, ‘Well, we don’t necessarily know where our money is coming from,’” says Spina, who brings Little Hurricane to The City this week, backing the punchy fourth album, “Same Sun Same Moon.”

For example, they had to clarify that a recent considerable cash deposit wasn’t from one source, but hundreds, representing tour CD sales.

“We’ll probably end up in the foothills, towards Placerville,” Spina says.

Still, she’s comfortable with change.

She formed Little Hurricane in 2010 after finding Catalano – a renowned engineer who had overseen Grammy, Latin Grammy and MTV Music Awards productions – via a Craigslist ad seeking a guitarist.

“The duo thing was really appealing, just because I’d never played in a regular band before and I felt really intimidated,” she says.

The pair hit it off so well, Spina quit her day job six months later to start touring behind their DIY debut “Homewrecker.”

On the road, a romance developed, documented in the heartwarming new single “OTL” (for “One True Love”).

“We tried to just make it a band, but it was hard for both of us because we were such a good match,” Spina says. “And then we got married last summer.”

Their child, a son, was carefully planned, despite having several concerts booked.

“I knew that I’d be at South By Southwest, playing eight shows over four days, right when I was having first-trimester morning sickness,” she says, mentioning a two-week European jaunt slated for August.

“For our very last San Diego festival show, I’ll be nearly nine months pregnant. But by the time our baby is born, he will have graced 60 stages in 12 countries,” she says.

Refusing to equate pregnancy with fragility, she lugs her own heavy percussion gear into every venue.

She says, “It’s not like I’m packing a flute up there and just pulling it out of its case. But I still smash the s— out of my drums, and I still play rock music, and it hasn’t been awful. It’s been pretty great!”

IF YOU GO
Little Hurricane
Where: Independent, 628 Divisadero St., S.F.
When: 9 p.m. July 8
Tickets: $15
Contact: (415) 771-1421, www.ticketfly.com

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