San Francisco based punk band Hunx and His Punx performed for 200 people in Los Angeles last Thursday.
The group consisting of drummer Erin Emslie, bassist and vocalist Shannon Shaw and guitarist and vocalist Seth Bogart, who goes by the stage name Hunx, played to promote of their newest album, “Street Punk,” an energetic, angry addition to their discography.
As guests entered the venue with excitement and competition for a spot in the front row, Bogart sat at the merchandise table with members of the opening bands. Once spotted, eager fans surrounded the musician where he sold shirts and pins and took photographs with his admirers.
Upon his exit to a more private room backstage, fans returned to the stage where they were entertained by pop-punk openers Upset and Criminal Hygiene. Although guests were amused by the first two bands, Cherry Glazer, the group before the headliners, delivered a mellow set list causing boredom in the audience compared to the previous lively and energetic groups.
The energy in the audience reappeared once Shaw walked across the stage to pick up her bass.
As introductions of Hunx and His Punx were given out, fans roared with excitement and applause, and they began playing.
Drinking alcoholic beverages prior to their performance, Shaw giggled several times while singing as Bogart slurred a few of his lines and serenaded the security guards, causing the audience to laugh and whistle with approval.
When introducing their song, “Bad Boy,” Bogart spilled his beverage onstage which he cleaned up with a towel, causing a laughing mayhem from the guests as he said into the microphone, “I’m about to sing bad boy and I’m cleaning a mess on stage. How ironic.”
As the song progressed, so did Bogart’s gyrating of the security guards to which he said they probably hated him.
Although their new songs cover topics such as anger over bad skin, anger over falling for a self-absorbed jerk and their opposition on being called fabulous, the band did not stray from playing their early material and songs from Bogart’s solo album.
Once calm from the contagious, enraged tune, “Don’t Call Me Fabulous,” fans swooned when hearing the harmony to the band’s 2011 single, “Lovers Lane,” a ballad about reminiscing romantic time spent with a lover who died.
Singing altogether throughout the show, audience members were distraught once the performance was over and continued their applause and begs for an encore after the group exited the stage.
Not wanting to keep their fans waiting, Bogart reappeared onstage alone and said
the girls did not want to agree to perform another song-unless the audience’s cheers were loud enough to convince them to play again.
Bogart leading the symphony of whistles, screams and hands clapping, convinced Shaw and Emslie to enter the stage to perform their encore songs.
“We don’t have any more songs, you guys,” Bogart said about not being sure what to play next.
Switching the drum sticks for the microphone, Emslie walked towards center-stage, surprising the audience. The lyrics were barely audible, but Emslie’s intense performance stunned the audience but still received polite applause. Bogart really was honest when he said they did not know any more songs to perform.
“Street Punk” is available on iTunes and in stores.
Karla Rendon can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.