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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Two Guitarists Leave Hunx and His Punx, Kyle Thomas (aka King Tuff) Will Play for Sept. Dates

Posted By on Wed, Aug 31, 2011 at 5:06 PM

The Punkettes, from left to right: Amy Blaustein, Shannon Shaw, Erin Emslie, and Michelle Santamaria
  • The Punkettes, from left to right: Amy Blaustein, Shannon Shaw, Erin Emslie, and Michelle Santamaria

Hunx and His Punx start a new mini-tour of the East Coast and Midwest tomorrow, but the Oakland garage-pop outfit's onstage lineup will be looking a little different than it used to: Michelle Santamaria (guitar) and Amy Blaustein (guitar/organ) left the band after its last tour, according to Sarah Moody, general manager of Hardly Art, its label.

For the upcoming tour, they'll be replaced by Kyle Thomas (aka King Tuff, and a member of the Sub Pop band Happy Birthday) and Daniel Pitout (of Nu Sensae). And hey -- we love King Tuff.

"After that," Moody tells All Shook Down via email, "Seth [Bogart, aka Hunx] will have to find more permanent members."

The departure of Santamaria and Blaustein means the end -- at least temporarily -- of Bogart's all-female backing band, nicknamed the Punkettes. Bassist Shannon Shaw (also of Shannon and the Clams) and drummer Erin Emslie remain in Hunx and His Punx, but all four ladies voices' helped build the harmonies on the band's excellent new album, Too Young to Be in Love.

Moody says she believes Santamaria and Blaustein left because "they weren't able to commit to more touring."

Hunx and His Punx play Philadelphia tomorrow, and wind their way through the East Coast and Midwest to wrap up in Brooklyn on Sept. 17.

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