The first ever "proper" full-length record by Hunx & His Punx
, Too Young to Be in Love
, opens with "Lovers' Lane," the best gay Shangri-Las tribute ever we've heard plenty of Shangri-Las tributes, but none this awesome and this gay. When your producer is Ivan Julian of Richard Hell & the Voidoids, and you're recording in a studio where Ronnie Spector once recorded, you need to bring it, shake it, flaunt it, work it, nail it, and say fuck it, all at the same time, and that is exactly what H&HP did here, holy crap. Let's talk Wall of Sound: How many bands have taken a stab at creating their own? Again, we've heard plenty, and liked most, but this record's Wall of Sound is the best. Bandleader Seth Bogart's nasal whine fronts a dream team all-girl backing band featuring vocal genius Shannon Shaw from Shannon & the Clams plus Michelle Santamaria, Erin Emslie, and Amy Blaustein; tough gals behind a sissy rocker boy. We plan to Beatle-scream all the way through tonight's record release party.
Grass Widow and Shannon & the Clams open.
Sat., April 2, 10 p.m., 2011