Hurricane No. 1
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Hurricane No. 1

Hurricane #1
OriginOxford, England
GenresAlternative rock, Britpop
1996-99, 2014-present
LabelsCreation, Tapete
MembersAlex Lowe
Carlo Mariani
Chris Mullin
Chris Campbell
Andy Bell
Gareth "Gaz" Farmer
Will Pepper
Lucas Mariani

Hurricane #1 are an English rock band, formed in Oxford in 1996. The band were formed by former Ride guitarist Andy Bell, along with vocalist / guitarist Alex Lowe, bassist Will Pepper and drummer Gareth "Gaz" Farmer. After releasing two albums, Hurricane #1 (1997) and Only the Strongest Will Survive (1999), the band broke-up. Bell went to join Gay Dad and then eventually Oasis, while Lowe ventured into a solo career. Fronted by Lowe, the band reformed in 2014 and released their third album, Find What You Love and Let It Kill You, in November 2015.


Formation, Hurricane No. 1 and Only the Strongest Will Survive (1996-99)

Wishing to perform the later-day sound of his former band Ride, vocalist/guitarist Andy Bell formed Hurricane No. 1.[1] Signed to Creation Records (along with fellow bands such as Oasis, The Jesus and Mary Chain and Primal Scream) they released their debut album in 1997, entitled Hurricane #1. This included their first single, "Step into My World", which reached number 29 in the UK Singles Chart (and a Paul Oakenfold remix of which reached number 19 in 1997),[2] and other less successful singles "Just Another Illusion" and "Chain Reaction".

In 1999, follow-up album Only the Strongest Will Survive spawned the band's other highest charting single, also called "Only the Strongest Will Survive". The song reached number 19 in 1998.[2]

Break up (1999-2014)

In 1999, Bell parted ways with Hurricane No. 1, joining Gay Dad on guitar.[3] Shortly after joining Gay Dad, Bell split from the band to become the bass player for Oasis. In 2004, a double disc compilation of their songs was released, entitled Step into My World.

Former Hurricane No. 1 vocalist / guitarist, Lowe has pursued a solo career, and has released three albums to date. In 2007, Lowe announced a new project called Garage Flowers, and a single, "Where To Begin", was released via iTunes.

Reformation (2014-present)

In November 2014, it was announced that Hurricane No. 1 had reunited without Bell, Farmer, and Pepper.[4] The line-up, fronted by Lowe,[4] featured the Mariani brother's, Carlo and Lucas Mariani on guitar and bass respectively, and Chris Campbell on drums.[5] The band's third album, Find What You Love and Let It Kill You, was released on 26 November 2015 through German-based label Tapete.[6] Bell features "Think of the Sunshine".[7] Lowe wrote the album while he was undergoing treatment for cancer in hospital.[7] Lowe explained that "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."[7]

Melodic Rainbows, the band's fourth album, was released on 12 October 2016[8] in Japan. The album will be released in the UK in November 2017. [9] The band are set to play Beano on the Sea festival in September[10] and the Shiine On Weekender in November.[11] After Melodic Rainbows had released, the bass player Lucas Mariani decided to quit from the band, and finally replaced by Chris Mullin.

The band are set to embark on a tour in early 2018 and will also be releasing another album. They are releasing a single via download every month from September 2017 until some time in 2018.[]


Studio albums

Band Members

  • Alex Lowe: lead vocals, guitar (1996-1999, 2014-present)
  • Carlo Mariani: guitar (2014-present)
  • Chris Mullin: bass (2016-present)
  • Chris Campbell: drums (2014-present)
  • Andy Bell: guitar, vocals, keyboards (1996-1999)
  • Will Pepper: bass (1996-1999)
  • Gareth "Gaz" Farmer: drums(1996-1999)
  • Lucas Mariani: bass(2014-2016)



  1. ^ Molanphy 1998, p. 40
  2. ^ a b Roberts 2006, p. 264
  3. ^ Renshaw, David (21 November 2014). "As Andy Bell reforms Ride, his other band Hurricane 1 return without him". NME. Retrieved 2015.
  4. ^ a b Marotta, Michael (19 November 2014). "Step Into My Reunions: Apparently Hurricane 1 are getting back together, but without Andy Bell". Vanyaland. Retrieved 2015.
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  6. ^ Millar, Mark (20 September 2015). "HURRICANE 1 - Preview tracks from forthcoming album 'Find What You Love And Let It Kill You' - listen". xsnoize. Retrieved 2015.
  7. ^ a b c Helman, Peter (22 September 2015). "Hurricane 1 Announce First New Album In 16 Years". Stereogum. Retrieved 2015.
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  • Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  • Molanphy, Chris (Jan 1998). "Reviews". CMJ New Music Monthly (53). ISSN 1074-6978.

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