2011 was a mixed bag. Established acts like Radiohead and The Strokes dropped duds on trusting fans, while middle-of-the-road acts like The Drums and Hunx and His Punx raised the bar with surprising sophomore efforts. Floundering bands like Iron & Wine and The Dodos made welcome returns to glory, while others merely treaded water (see She and Him’s Christmas album or MGMT’s “mix tape.”) Continue reading…
The band is headed out on a short West Coast jaunt this month in support of their most recent LP, Too Young To Be In Love, and will cover all major cities along the coast…The band wrapped up a national tour with fellow Oaklanders Shannon & the Clams earlier this year, played to rapturous crowds atÂ SXSWÂ in March, and continue to be known for their wild live show, led by the flamboyant theatrics (and outfits) of Hunx. Hunx and His Punx also recently recorded aÂ Daytrotter session, had his genius Twitter feed recognized byÂ SPIN, and chatted with theÂ AV Club about bad TV.
Too Young To Be In Love marks the first time that Hunx and His Punx has ever been comprised entirely of “punkettes” — another name for the all-girl band that Seth Bogart (aka Hunx) always dreamed of. Too Young To Be In Love also represents a distinct reversal of roles — the all-girl quintet…bring the fire, while Hunx brings the softness in songs that use his swoon-worthy nasal croon to wax nostalgic about the highs and pitfalls of teen love. All of the ladies sing on the album, and their voices combine to create some modern Wall of Sound magic. Hunx and His Punx might also be the first-ever “girl group” fronted by a flamboyant gay male whose dream in life is to sound like a girl. In Too Young To Be In Love, they have created a unique new sound they refer to as “young oldies,” a mixture of 50s rock ‘n’ roll, 60s girl groups, and bubblegum pop.