"Too Young To Be I Love"
By Hunx & His Punx
From the album Too Young To Be In Love
When I was a kid my mother always listened to the local oldies stations - you know the ones, they had call letters like KOOL and their ads usually featured the sun shining bright and some dark Ray Bans. They played all the old hits from the 50s and 60s. I hated it for no other reason than my mom loved it, and boy did she love that music. She'd crank it up driving us to school and sing along, embarrassing us completely. She liked the girl groups the best. Bands with names like the Chantels, the Shirelles, the Ronettes, the Shangri-Las and the Supremes. They played behind a wall of sound and sang with great harmonies. I think its safe to say everyone here knows exactly what I'm talking about.
Well, Hunx and His Punx is like all those groups after they became old has-beens, got addicted to crack and turned out to be transvestites. All the old pop charm is there, but its been glammed up, gilded with too much mascara and stayed way past its expiration date.
"Too Young To Be In Love" mixes the power chords of "Leader of the Pack" with the shimmering sleekness of Diana Ross in her prime and splashes it with a seediness of an early John Waters movie. It is at once immediately familiar and utterly perverse. I absolutely love it.
I can easily say it had me from the start - what with the reverb guitar, power drums and lyrics that start "Why won't you do it with me/I wanna do it with you. You are my bad boy/my little pile of joy." The song just sucks you in and doesn't let go. There is obviously a love of all that old material and yet a hipster irony to the sound that makes it both a wonderful homage and smirkingly new.
Hunx and His Punx is the brain child of Oakland, California's Seth Bogart. He started the group in 2008 after fronting the queer-electro group Gravy Train!!!! for years. Too Young To Be In Love is the groups second album. You can learn and hear more on their Myspace page. The album hits the street March 29. Until then you can catch them on tour at the following dates:
02.24.11 - Los Angeles, CA - The Music Box *
02.26.11 - San Francisco, CA - Regency Grand Ballroom (Noise Pop) *
03.16.11 - Austin, TX - Waterloo Records In-Store - 5pm
03.16.11 - Austin, TX - Trailer Space / Burger Records Party - set time TBA
03.17.11 - Austin, TX - Impose / Thrasher Party @ Scoot Inn - 3:30pm
03.17.11 - Austin, TX - Psychic Lunch - set time TBA
03.17.11 - Austin, TX - Force Field PR Party @ Shangri-La - set time TBA
03.17.11 - Austin, TX - Big Freedia Party - set time TBA
03.18.11 - Austin, TX - Sub Pop / Hardly Art Showcase at Red 7 - 10:15pm
04.02.11 - San Francisco, CA - Bottom of the Hill $
04.08.11 - Los Angeles, CA - Echo $
04.09.11 - San Diego, CA - Tin Can
04.10.11 - Tucson, AZ - Club Congress $
04.12.11 - Austin, TX - Emos (inside) $
04.13.11 - Houston, TX - Fitzgeralds (downstairs) # $
04.14.11 - New Orleans, LA - Spellcaster Lodge $
04.15.11 - Atlanta, GA - Atlanta Mess Around at The Earl
04.16.11 - Nashville, TN - The End % $
04.17.11 - Charlotte, NC - Milestone Club $
04.18.11 - Durham, NC - Duke Coffee House $
04.19.11 - Baltimore, MD - Golden West $
04.20.11 - New York, NY - Cake Shop $
04.21.11 - Philadelphia, PA - Kung Fu Necktie $
04.22.11 - Swarthmore, PA - Olde Club at Swarthmore College $
04.23.11 - Brooklyn, NY - Glasslands $
04.24.11 - Boston, MA - TT the Bear's $
04.26.11 - Montreal, QC - La Sala Rossa $
04.27.11 - Toronto, ON - The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern $
04.28.11 - Detroit, MI - The Old Miami $
04.29.11 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle $
04.30.11 - Milwaukee, WI - Cactus Club $
05.01.11 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th Street Entry $
05.03.11 - Fargo, ND - The Aquarium $
05.04.11 - Omaha, NE - Slowdown Jr $
05.05.11 - Kansas City, MO - The Record Bar $
05.07.11 - Denver, CO - Hi-Dive $
* - w/ Best Coast, Wavves
$ - w/ Shannon & the Clams
# - free!
% - w/ JEFF the Brotherhood, Heavy Cream