Double Door Welcomes
Hunx And His Punx
Heavy Cream, The Artist Formally Known As Vince, Absolutely Not
Thursday, March 29, 2012
Doors: 8:30 pm / Show: 9:00 pmDouble Door
$10.00 - $12.00
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Too Young To Be In Love also marks the first time the group has ever been comprised entirely by “punkettes”—another name for the all girl band that band leader Seth Bogart (aka Hunx) always dreamed of. Shannon Shaw (of Shannon and the Clams) plays bass, and wrote three of the album’s songs. Her powerful voice on “Lovers Lane” and “The Curse of Being Young” crackles and breaks with a raw ferocity that perfectly compliments Hunx’s swoon-worthy nasal croon. This album also represents a distinct reversal of roles—the all-girl quartet (Shaw, plus guitarist Michelle Santamaria, drummer Erin Emslie, and Amy Blaustein on guitar/organ) bring the fire… while Hunx brings the softness—the sweet, oh so sweet, sugar. All of the ladies sing on this album, and their voices combine to create some modern Wall of Sound magic.
Hunx and His Punx might be the first ever "girl group" fronted by a flamboyant gay male whose dream in life is to sound like a girl. They have created a unique new sound they refer to as "Young Oldies," a mixture of 50s teenage rock ‘n’ roll, 60s girl groups and bubblegum pop.
Hunx is that boy you just wanna kiss—maybe after sharing a triple scoop ice cream cone, then roller skating with the Shangri-Las and Redd Kross rotating on a never-ending loop. He’s the boy in that picture from your high school yearbook—the one you pasted sparkly red heart stickers all over, then taped inside your locker. He’s the boy you fantasize about because he always saves you from your broken heart. You’ve never met him—but you love him… because you know he believes in love.
“I only write songs out of heartbreak,” says Hunx of the new record. Older songs focused on trashier homoerotic topics like cruising and boyfriend stealing. But Too Young To Be In Love is all about love and heartbreak. People tend to have scandalous ideas about Seth “Hunx” Bogart. This can happen when you try to French kiss the entire front row at one of your shows, pose for photographs nude or bare everything in the video for "Lust For Life" by the band Girls. But behind all of this is a sweet and somewhat innocent entertainer who knows how to put on a show.
Despite the sweet overtones of Too Young To Be Love, there is also plenty of heartbreak and some dark moments. One might think, at first glance, that the final track, “Blow Me Away” is a winking nod to fellatio. “It’s a song about my father who killed himself when I was a teenager,” says Hunx, somehow proving that the album’s title, Too Young To Be In Love, might be selling Bogart a little short. He has never been “too young.” And he really does believe in love.
After doing brief tours with Girls, Harlem, Nobunny and Jay Reatard, the band is set to embark on a headlining US tour in April 2011.
"Deliciously trashy homoerotic pop." --Pitchfork
"Behind all the debauchery, there’s some damn fine rock ’n roll." --Paste
"Bogart is a vivid, alluring frontman with one thing on his mind." --The New York Times
"Like The Ramones teaching Martha Reeves and the Vandellas how to fist each other." --Worrapolava
The self-released album was recorded in a couple of days, and it's the first to feature other members of the Absolutely Not live band. "I wanted it to be truer to the live set," Moore says. "So Jenna [Horwath] played drums and my sister [Madison Moore] played some keyboard lines. With older stuff, I'd throw a lot of distortion in and make it sound more lo-fi and crunchy." Absolutely Not plays a release show for Extended on Fri 2/17 at the Burlington with Vamos and Dumpster Babies. Moore will be hawking CDs for five bucks." - CHICAGO READER
"Fans of punk that’s fast and dirty with a bit of dance rock flavor will drool over Chicago trio Absolutely Not. Let the band’s chugging riffs, radiating keys and bouncing beats swirl around while you kick up some dust dancing. Bonus: It’s also Absolutely Not’s record release show!" - LOUD LOOP PRESS
"Absolutely Not is the brainchild of Donnie Moore and generates infectious one-two beat punk chords. It's an Iggy Pop meets Kevin Barnes approach to jagged garage-rock." - TIMEOUT Chicago
" (Chicago Reader Recommended Show) Having brought his snotty, sorta-garagey project Absolutely Not from Orlando to Chicago more than four years ago, Donnie Moore might have expected it to stir up a bit more hubbub around here by now—and honestly, I couldn't much fault him if he did. A little Jay Reatard, a little Mclusky, even a little Thermals, the band can't quite be straight-up packaged and shipped as "garage rock," but that's not to say that Moore—who uses a live band onstage but does it all himself in the studio—doesn't occasionally throw a noisy bubblegum party on simple tunes like "Local Disappointment," from last year's self-released EP It's Over. Absolutely Not's slower, almost postpunk tunes keep the sound from slipping into a rut, but Moore's at his best (and catchiest) when he's dishing out loud, organ-backed, Okmoniks-style fuzz. Having recently opened for Mark Sultan and Thee Oh Sees, Absolutely Not has started finding its crowd in Chicago—and if Moore took a note or three over the shoulders of those brilliant iconoclasts, that can only benefit his own music." - CHICAGO READER
"Products of robots relationships, Absolutely Not! A glam-rock punk band from Chicago, absolutely yes." -MPshows
"You've probably heard of the bands Wavves and Times New Viking? They are bands that are get a lot of attention in the press for leading a movement of lo-fi scuzzy sounding indie rock. They even get records released on Fat Possum and Matador Records. But you probably haven't heard of Absolutely Not, who operate on a similar level but do it so much better than those bands. Absolutely Not is the spazzed out lo-fi music project of Donnie Moore. His band only played a small number of shows in Central Florida from late 2006 to early 2007 before relocating to Chicago. Before moving, he recorded two albums worth of material (Dancing on Elizabeth Taylor and Products of Robot Relationships) that is just out-of-this-world amazing, but you'd be hard pressed finding it anywhere! He told us he recorded it late at night by himself in his apartment in his underwear. Haha. I totally believe him. The music is fast and fun, not making the mistake of being serious. He'll keep things razor sharp and unpredictable. He just released an EP in 2010 called 'It's Over' which is easier to get. The newer material is not as frantic but still pretty great. I find it hard to believe labels aren't fighting over each other to release his music. Filling out his live band in the early days were Courtney Rackley, and Trisha Burrows. The three of them all switched between drums, guitar and keyboard depending the song; each showing off their individual skill on multiple instruments. In their short-lived existence I put them in the running for most memorable bands to come out of the Sunshine State. Moving to Chicago should get him much needed attention. When the trend ends a lot of these bands and their music won't hold up in the long run or need to be remembered- this won't be said of Absolutely Not."
-KICK BRIGHT ZINE
"Absolutely Not, from Chicago, opened for Menomena. They were good! Wicked fuzz with warped keyboard lines and a hint of Blue Meanies style yelping and mood." - GONZO CHICAGO
"Melodic without seeming poppy, retro without seeming nostalgic, and aggressive without sounding angsty, Absolutely Not is something of a gem within the modern punk scene. The group's rough garage-punk sensibilities provides a glimpse at the days of the early KBD records and the Voidoids. “It's Over” has a brilliantly thick atmosphere, comprised of contrasting of melody (the fuzzy, pop-filled keys) and the harsh (Ron Asheton-like) buzzsaw guitar, and hard-hitting drumming. More important than the musicianship, however, is the songwriting. Absolutely Not has a knack for writing utterly listenable songs; there's no pretense, there's no gimmick. “It's Over” just makes you want to dance, sing, and listen to good music."
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