'Girl-group' Hunx and His Punx turn to heartache on free songs from new album

Sometimes you can totally judge a band by its name, but not always. Hunx and His Punx, for example, is a terrible name for a group that’s anything but terrible. Or, to put it another way, Hunx and His Punx are awesome.

The Oakland band — Seth “Hunx” Bogart, with Shannon Shaw, Michelle Santamaria, Erin Emslie and Amy Blaustein — turns the ’60s girl group sound on its head, with songs about youthful heartache told from the perspective of what the group’s label describes as “a flamboyant gay male whose dream in life is to sound like a girl.”

Mission accomplished, sir. Hunx’s vocals are sweet and a little prissy, and Shaw adds vocals in a full-throated roar on “Lover’s Lane,” one of a pair of free songs from the band’s new album, “Too Young to Be in Love,” recorded in New York with former Voidoid Ivan Julian in a studio Ronnie Spector used to use.

Both “Lover’s Lane” and the title track (also free) have a classic early ’60s pop sensibility, with stick-in-your-head melodies, spoken-word parts and swooning backing vocals, delivered over boxy drums and trebly guitars.

The album is due March 29 on Hardly Art, and SXSW attendees will have at least seven chances to see Hunx and His Punx during the festival.

Too Young to Be in Love mp3
Lover’s Lane mp3

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