By Jacob Sprecher
Let’s cut to the chase and start talking about a record you should run out and buy: Too Young To Be In Love by Hunx and His Punx. Based out of Oakland and fronted by flamboyant hairstylist Seth Bogart, Hunx is quite legitimately squared up as homoerotic pop with a heavy dose of The Shangri-Las and The Ronnettes. With an all-female backing band that includes Shannon Shaw of Shannon and The Clams, Bogart has assembled a genuine girl group to match his effeminate punk rock ‘n’ roll stature. The first single, “Lover’s Lane,” is a perfect example of Hunx’s gritty pop dynamism, with Bogart’s sexual sneer deftly mingling amid Shaw’s luscious and booming womanly yowls. Signed to Hardly Art, Too Young To Fall In Love was recorded in New York by Ivan Julian—a founding member of Richard Hell and the Voidoids—in a studio once graced by Ronnie Spector, an admitted influence of Bogart’s. Do yourself a big fuckin’ favor and pick this record up.
In the meantime, check out “Lover’s Lane.”