Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Too Young To Be In Love

Song: Too Young To Be In Love
Artist: Hunx and His Punx
Album: Too Young To Be In Love

Listening to the new Raveonettes album it immediately reminded me of another band I recently discovered, that do look back to a the same 50's/60's greaser era, yet with VERY different results.

Hunx and His Punx are an Oakland, California-based band lead by "Hunx" aka Seth Bogart whom use to front the electro-queer outfit Gravy Train!!!!.  He formed Hunx and His Punx back in 2008, writing punk-tinged retro-rock with Arizona songwriter Nobunny.  Hunx also co-owns a hair salon called Down at Lulu's in Oakland with fellow Punx member Tina Lucchesi.

"Too Young to Be in Love" is the band's sophomore album after the release of "Gay Singles" from last year.  I haven't heard it... but there are several videos made form the tracks which you can see on YouTube. (See a couple below.)  The music is very DIY and underproduced, yet has an immediate charm that puts a smile on my face every time I listen.

Lead track "Lovers Lane" really sets the tone for what you're going to hear, a look back to the 50's/60's girl group sound mixed with the attitude and aesthetic of the leather/greaser/chain gang vibe.  Add a heavy dose of John Waters and you've got Hunx and His Punx.  The album is pretty consistent, and again is buoyed by a charm that keeps the entire enterprise afloat even if the gimmick wears thin.  But songs like "Keep Away From Johnny" and title track "Too Young To Be In Love" are not only cute winks back to another time, but story-songs that keep you interested.

Bogart sounds like quite a character, and if you catch some of the videos below you'll see what I'm talking about.  But in the age of the internet, I'm always pleasantly surprised to come across someone who is doing there thing, putting it out there, and has amassed quite a body of work already.  Fun stuff.


Too Young To Be In Love

You Don't Like Rock & Roll (from Gay Singles)

Tears on My Telephone (from Gay Singles)

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