For his first proper solo album, part-time hairdresser and full-time garage rocker Seth “Hunx” Bogart crafted and arranged everything all by his lonesome, which is fitting. While some of Hairdresser Blues‘ songs – “Private Room,” “Do You Remember Being a Roller” – echo the naughty retro rock of Hunx and His Punx’s Gay Singles compilation, Bogart shows off his gentler side and exorcises his demons on tracks like “Your Love is Here to Stay” and “I’m Not the One You are Looking For.”
In the Valentine’s Day gift guide he crafted for eMusic, Hunx called Hairdresser Blues “definitely the No. 1 album of the year, maybe even decade. Maybe even ever?” That’s not true, of course, but just like he sings in one of its songs, “If you love someone, set them free.” These songs are out in the universe now, and with a little luck, a certain hairdresser’s heart is feeling less encumbered.