Without a doubt, Hunx and His Punx's Seth Bogart is one of the most colorful characters in the Bay Area's underground rock scene. So we're excited to learn that next year, Bogart plans to release his very first solo album, Hairdresser Blues, under the simple name Hunx.
The title is of course a reference to Down at Lulu's, the hair salon and vintage boutique that Hunx owns on Telegraph Avenue in Oakland. But there's more to it than that: "Somebody once described my music as 'Hairdresser Pop,'" Bogart says in a press release about the new album. "I don't know what that sounds like. I do know that it seems appropriate in describing the sound of this record."
Hairdresser Blues will show off sides of Bogart's songwriting that don't come out in Hunx and His Punx. "Sometimes it's hard to sing about something really sad when I'm wasted in a wig and makeup and screaming my head off on stage trying to dazzle people," he says. That makes sense: When we last interviewed Bogart, it was clear that he's a far more complex individual than one might gather from the persona he maintains in Hunx and His Punx.
Bogart played all the instruments on the new album, except for the drums, which were handled by his friend Daniel Pitout (of Nü Sensae). The album's first single is "Always Forever," two minutes of revved-up reverb pop that's a little smoother and a bit less overtly retro than the music of Hunx and His Punx. This is still familiar guitar rock with nods to the classic sounds that inspire Hunx, but it's more personal and introspective than we're used to hearing from the local king of trash-pop:
Here's what Hunx has to say about "Always Forever."
I wrote this song a while after I got out of a horrible relationship and woke up one day feeling like I won a fight. I think the song has a really strong determined feeling and it comes from a place of overcoming an awful time in my life.
Hairdresser Blues is out on Hardly Art Feb. 28.