Saturday, October 27, 2012 • 6-6:50pm
Nuboo Stage (King St. & Nuuanu Ave.)
Part of the FREE Street Festival Schedule + Map
The spell that Sex Puppet casts on listeners leads them to understand that the band’s name is on point. The band is the sex. The audience is the puppet. And they will do whatever the band wants. And that’s OK — Sex Puppet has a reputation for putting on eccentrically entertaining shows, alive with the vital spirit of the artist and musician.
Songs are sometimes slow and sultry, such as “Feeling Good,” with Makke Farley’s feminine, powerful vocals and Ken Lykes’s bluesy guitar — not to mention the subtly hypnotic drums and rhythmic bass of Steven Lynch and Jason Nomura. At the CD release party at Nextdoor a couple of years ago, a take on the classic song “Summertime” felt fresh and almost impossibly more slinky than the original, then seamlessly transitioned into the bop-worthy original song “My Chevelle,” full of shredding guitar riffs, rolling drums, and enough elements of swing to have made you coaster step to the stage. Local music company Mountain Apple deemed Sex Puppet worthy enough to include “My Chevelle” on the compilation Alternative HI, which was released this past spring.
While Sex Puppet has gone through some line-up changes since its inception, the contagious, smoky vibe has not changed. Are you in a low-lit lounge on a sweltering summer night in the 1930s? If not, Sex Puppet will take you there. You’ll need more than fans and lemonade to cool off from the heat this jazzy, bluesy, experimental rock band brings.