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Hurricane Roses

music_LYLBHurricaneRosesThere was never any question as to what kind of songs Angelina Lemucchi would end up writing. As a child, the 33-year-old singer remembers, “I’d sit in the back of my grandparents’ house listening to Merle Haggard and Loretta Lynn.” Growing up with a pastor as a father during a strict religious upbringing, she wasn’t allowed to buy CDs other than gospel or Christian music until she was 17. But she’d always find a way to sneak in some country western crooning, which she says still makes her feel “warm and at home.” Tugging at her ears from an early age, it’s easy to see why that same kind of country storytelling and twanging swagger would make their way onto the debut, self-titled album from Lemucchi’s latest band, Hurricane Roses. Sometimes gently ambling with brooding ballads and other times romping with unmitigated rock swiftness, the six-piece transforms Lemucchi’s cache of personal lyrics—deeply cathartic in nature—into rumbling toe-tappers. This week at Moe’s Alley, on Saturday, Feb. 5, Lemucchi and Co. will celebrate the release of an eight-track CD that she describes is infused with the themes of “discovery, loss and change.”

The song “Good Girl,” Lemucchi explains, sums up the record’s reflection of her adult attempt to break out of a stifling lifestyle imposed upon her by her music_LYLBHurricaneRoses2parents. Still, while she admits that she pens tunes “laced with a lot of darkness,” the frontwoman wants the proverbial show to go on. “I try not to be too Elliott Smith,” she begins, “and though there’s a little bit of sadness in my vocals, there’s also hope.” With Ethan Sanchez (bass), Jon Havens (acoustic guitar, backup vocals), Dave Cohen (electric guitar, vocals), Mike Arnoldi (electric guitar) and Jesse Sotelo (drums) at her side invigorating her songs with upbeat instrumentals, Lemucchi has morphed her private journal into country songwriting. It’s no easy thing, but it’s proved rewarding. “It’s a little scary,” Lemucchi says of opening up the pages of her life, “but when random people tell you ‘Thank you for writing that,’ it’s a good taste of why it’s good to be vulnerable.” | linda koffman

 

 


INFO: 9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 5. Moe’s Alley, 1535 Commercial Way, Santa Cruz. $10. 479-1854.

 

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written by roscoe, February 03, 2011
seriously, one of the best local bands around. bringing back great local music. i love it.
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written by Mama-T, February 03, 2011
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written by rob73, February 03, 2011
I'm excited for the show!

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“be(ing) of love (a little) more careful”—e.e. cummings

Wednesday (Feb. 10) is Ash Wednesday, when Lent begins. Friday (Feb. 12) is Lincoln’s 207th birthday. Sunday is Valentine’s Day. On Ash Wednesday, with foreheads marked with a cross of ashes, we hear the words, “From dust thou art and unto dust thou shalt return.” Reminding us that our bodies, made of matter, will remain here on Earth when we are called back. It is our Soul that will take us home again. Lent offers us 40 days and nights of purification in preparation for the Resurrection (Easter) festival (an initiation) and for the Three Spring Festivals (at the time of the full moon)—Aries, Taurus, Gemini. The New Group of World Servers have been preparing since Winter Solstice. The number 40 is significant. The Christ (Pisces World Teacher) was in the desert for 40 days and 40 nights prior to His three-year ministry. The purpose of this desert exile was to prepare his Archangel (light) body to withstand the pressures of the Earth plane (form and matter). We, too, in our intentional purifications and prayers during the 40 days of Lent, prepare ourselves (physical body, emotions, lower mind) to receive and be able to withstand the irradiation of will, love/wisdom and light streaming into the Earth at spring equinox, Easter, and the Three Spiritual Festivals. What is Lent? The Anglo-Saxon word, lencten, comes from an ancient spring festival, agricultural rites marking the transition between winter and summer. The seasons reflect changes in nature (physical world) and humanity responds with social festivals of gratitude and of renewal. There is a purification process, prayerfulness in nature and in humanity in preparation for a great flow of spiritual energies during springtime. Valentine’s Day: Aquarius Sun, Taurus moon. Let us offer gifts of comfort, ease, harmony, beauty and satisfaction. Things chocolate and golden. Venus and Taurus things.

 

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