Release Date: Feb 19, 2016
Record label: Burger Records
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Garage Punk, Indie Pop
"My name is Brittoni, I'm 22 years old, and I could not live without eating makeup," begins a testimony on an episode of TLC’s "My Strange Addiction." She continues, "You can kind of imagine it just coating your insides with whatever color you’re eating. It’s just like a craving of your favorite kind of candy bar." Consider, if you can, the feeling of those metallic and muted colors sliding down your esophagus, dripping a Pollockian masterpiece onto your stomach lining. The feeling might be queasy—and most likely dangerous for your health—but you’d look beautiful on the inside.
Seth Bogart is better known by fans of rip-roaring garage punk as Hunx, as in Hunx & His Punx, a group responsible for a bunch of killer singles and two albums in the 2010s. He also released a record as just Hunx, which was a touch more introspective than the Punx albums. One might think that by stepping out from behind the Hunx name and making an album as himself, Bogart may have made the final step into making mature, forthright singer/songwriter music.
On his first release under his own name, Seth Bogart (aka Hunx of Hunx & His Punx) replaces his usual sense of camp with '80s melancholy. Electronic sounds dominate the record, from the heavy use of synthesizers to the digital vocal effects Bogart uses on "Nina Hagen-Daaz" a duet with fellow Burger Records pal Clementine Creevy. For the most part, Seth Bogart is a large departure from Bogart's work as Hunx, which perhaps explains the shedding of his former moniker.
You know it’s a good year when there’s not one, but two jazz releases making the rounds outside of jazz circles for the right reasons. We miss great music all the time, and three months into 2016, there’s already subversive hip-hop, classic-rock revival and navel-gazing indie worth catching ….
Through his band Hunx and His Punx and on solo projects as Hunx, Seth Bogart evoked the era of matinee idol worship while referencing retro pop oddities, girl group harmonizing and early rock. On his first solo album under his own name, the songwriting is just as sharp and hooky and the emotions sometimes just as plaintive, sad and angsty as on past projects. But this time Bogart hits upon the most fully realized pop idol version of himself by embracing the demented, neon-coloured camp aesthetic he's always loved.