Show Preview: Hunx and His Punx @ Mohawk (4/18)

Date Wednesday, April 18th
Location Mohawk
Doors 900 pm
Tickets $8 from Frontgate

Need a little fix of poppy garage rock on Hump Day, then I think you better do your best to make your way over to Mohawk to catch this excellent show! Opener Hunx and His Punx just released Hairdresser Blues on Hardly Art, and it has some of the best songs he’s written to date, not to mention his always entertaining sets.  Then you’ll get the heavier, yet equally incredible Natural Child from Nashville, intent upon breaking into our hearts and ears.  And opening up the night are two other hot acts in our eyes, Grape Street and The Vomettes.  Probably one of the best line-ups I’ve seen in a bit, so be there or be square.

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Download:Hunx and His Punx – Lovers Lane [MP3]

 

Show Preview: Hunx and His Punx @ Emos (4/12)

Date Tuesday, April 12th
Location Emos
Doors 900p
Tickets $8 from TicketWeb

Alright, so I know there is an incredible show going on outside at Emos on the same night featuring the Raveonettes, but the best place for you to be is indoors with Hunx and His Punx.  Hunx just released his latest album, Too Young To Be In Love, which is just chock full of great songs, all reminiscent of early American pop, just with a hint of grime and grit to it.  It’s definitely a show where you can get down, dirty and drunk, not to mention enjoying the whole ordeal.  Also, you’ll get to see some other solid acts, such as Shannon and the Clams and Fungi Girls, both who offer their own blend of refurbished Americana. Whether you have plans or not, $8 is a worthy price for such a great line-up.

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Download: Hunx and His Punx – Lovers Lane [MP3]


Hunx and His Punx – Too Young To Be In Love

Rating: ★★★★½

It’s a shame that people tend to associate Hunx and His Punx with some sort of gay punk movement, though he doesn’t do much to do distinguish himself from that image.  However, Too Young To Be in Love is probably one of the most enjoyable releases that should be on everyone’s radar, yet somehow it still seems to be sort of a small blip. Shame on us, as I haven’t had this much fun listening to a record in some time, not to mention the fact that it was produced by one of the Voidoids!

When you jump into “Lovers Lane,” you better be ready to grab a hold of the nearest person to you, swing them in your arms, and spin spin spin.  Hunx has that spoken word delivery you’ve heard from the 50s soundtracks of your parents, then you add in the gentle growl of Shannon Shaw of Shannon and the Clams; you’ll want to play this track at your next barbecue.  And it just walks right into “Hes Coming Back,” which has a similar appeal, but here you’re going to have a bit more of a stomp going on, as the groovy drumming definitely has the toes a tapping.

Perhaps there is an innocent nostalgia in everything Hunx and His Punx does, but that’s precisely why we’re all going to have so much fun listening to this record this year.  Listening to the title track, “Too Young To Be in Love,” you have the absolutely perfect song to close out the night, if your night happens to be some giant hipster-laden prom-type affair.  These are songs where you can roll your window down and tap your fingers to the rhythm on your steering wheel, or perhaps you’d rather just have nice gentle dance around the living room with your significant other while dinner cooks on the stove.  Everything you’ll find on Too Young To Be in Love is full of vibrant tracks that warm your heart, and it would probably do the same for your parents, not to mention their parents.

If you’re looking for faster paced songs, you’re likely to find what your looking for on the latter half of the album, in so far as Hunx can only speed it up so much.  Tracks like “Bad Boy” and “Tonite Tonite” definitely have a more forceful approach to the sheer joy of this record, though there’s an ability to slow it down amidst a heavier footed drummer. As these songs jangle and Shannon adds oohs and ahhs in the background, you’re caught up all over again.  It’s hard, however, to even differentiate these songs from those on the earlier half of the LP, as the whole thing sounds so cohesive, so well put together.

It’s hard to really say who will fall in love with this record, though Hunx and His Punx clearly have made one of the most enjoyable releases of the year.  Perhaps Too Young To Be In Love will get overshadowed as too nostalgic for its own good, or too this or too that.  But, one thing is for sure, you’re not likely to find so many catchy songs lined in a row that are going to make you fell young and innocent all over again, or keep you feeling young if that’s the case. I don’t know, but if this is the gay punk movement, I think it’s time I join.

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Download: Hunx and His Punx – Lovers Lane [MP3]

The album is out now on Hardly Art. Hunx comes to Austin on 4/12 at Emos.

New Track from Hunx and His Punx

Oh man oh man!  I’m so excited about this new Hunx and His Punx that I can barely wait.  Hunx hasn’t put anything official out since the compilation titled Gay Singles, and really, this is his first official LP.  It’s going to be called Too Young To Be In Love, and so far, it sounds a heck of a lot more like a nice garage swing band, as opposed to the garage pop in singles like “You Don’t Like Rock n’ Roll.”  Seems like you could have a helluva good time just slow-jamming this with your lover.  The record also included some guest spots, namely that of Shannon of Shannon and the Clams, another band I dig quite a bit.  Come on people, get behing the feel good sounds, and buy the album when it hits stores on March 29th via Hardly Art.

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Download: Hunx and His Punx – Lovers Lane [MP3]