Hunx Hairdresser Blues

Seth Bogart has quickly made a name for himself as a queer garage rock troubadour under the banner Hunx. Last year's outing, Too Young to Be in Love, with Shannon and the Clams singer Shannon Shaw in tow, was his best effort yet, which makes this solo outing feel like a bit of a step back. Leaving San Francisco, CA to record in NYC, with founding member of Richard Hell and the Voidoids Ivan Julian, Bogart played most of the album himself, with Daniel Pitout helping out on drums. The songs are as strong as the ones on Too Young to Be in Love, but the added dimension the all-female backing band provided on that release is lacking. Still, there's a wistful romanticism in all the songs and "Say Goodbye Before You Leave" is a loving tribute to friend Jay Reatard. That Hairdresser Blues isn't as good as previous efforts is more a testament to the strength of those releases than a knock against this one. (Hardly Art)