“Agues,” the first song off Mike Huguenor’s solo album, Bardamu, is a solid, quirky alt-rock jam that rests nicely between the different musical extremes of his various bands. There is Shinobu, his long-time on-again off-again neurotic jangle-pop quartet. Then there’s Hard Girls, the sophisticated, post-punk power trio. And of course there’s the Classics of Love, hisold-school fist-pumping punk-rock group that’s fronted by none other than Jesses Michaels, the former lead singer of Operation Ivy.
Somehow, between three bands, Huguenor found time to record this solo EP and even shot a music video for “Agues,” which features him as every member of the band and every person in the audience. That’s quite a testament to his nonstop work ethic. His solo material isn’t as overtly offbeat as Shinobu, or as complex as Hard Girls, or even as fierce as the Classics of Love. But what it does have is a newfound level of maturity that marries all of these elements and delivers them in an understated, clever way. Huguenor has been playing a healthy dose of solo shows since the release of his solo EP, Bardamu, on Aug. 1, sometimes solo and sometimes with backing musicians. He’s always a little unpredictable.
Playing at the Pagoda (Fairmont Hotel) | 9:30pm