Hunx And His Punx, Dry Feet, Hunters and Chain and The Gang @ PhilaMOCA.
Text by Kevin Sullivan. Images by Luong Huynh.
If you weren’t fortunate enough to get into last night’s sold out Hunx and His Punx show at PhilaMOCA, I’m sorry, but you missed a great time. Between two giant banners of oversized middle fingers and upside down crosses, bands filled the venue with catchy, dance-y garage rock and good vibes.
“Can I get a little more Space Ghost in my monitor?” said the long haired singer, who performs under the moniker Perry Cola.
The three-piece band’s set was mostly instrumental but they sang about heat waves and insomnia when words were paired with the riffs.
Brooklynites Hunters took the stage next, delivering their first set in Philadelphia since opening for Jeff The Brotherhood in May. The four-piece dimmed the lights and tried to bring up the energy with singer Isabel Almeida standing on amps and pushing into the crowd, and guitarist Derek Watson falling off the stage onto the ground mid solo. The two shared vocal duties with Almeida dancing and shaking her pink hair whenever not at the mic. The band’s dark garage rock had an effect similar to if Thee Oh Sees and old School Yeah Yeah Yeahs had a musical baby together.
The Beatnik stylings of Chain and the Gang followed. Clad in a bright orange suit, former Nation of Ulysses singer Ian Svenonius laid down what appeared to be free verse poetry as the band vamped behind them and occasionally crescendoed to more cathartic romps. “The Gang” also had shared boy/girl vocals and it was to good effect, excepting the slightly awkward point where the all white band of D.C. natives sang an entire song about how badly they wanted their own reparations.
When Hunx took the stage wearing the world’s greatest jump suit – skintight, all black, chest exposed, adorned with Misfits logos – the crowd was ready to have fun. Up until this point, this in the audience had been pretty tame but soon after the set started, everyone was dancing.
The set was comprised of a mix of the band’s older, catchier 1950’s girl group inspired punk that Hunx has earned its reputation for and the short, fast, loud songs of its new album Street Punk.
It was a fairly short set but singer Seth Bogart kept the audience amped the entire time. It was hard not to have a good time witnessing his rockstar strut.
“What’s the sluttiest thing you’ve ever done?” he asked, probing random members of the front row.
“Oh sorry, you’re like twelve,” said Bogart to one fan.