On a Monday night in Allston you won’t often find the most engaged of audiences, particularly for a local band. But while the record release party for Potty Mouth’s debut LP, “Hell Bent,” was modestly attended, it had the feel of a much bigger event. Instead of the typical aloofness, the 50-odd fans were packed close to the stage, perhaps suspecting that they might not have many more opportunities to get this close to the young four-piece.
The band, led by frontwoman Abby Weems, were charging through a set of their ’90s-stylized punk on songs like “The Spins” with their blend of laid-back surf-guitar cool, and brash, crashing feedback. Guitarist and vocalist Phoebe Harris excitedly and self-deprecatingly announced that her family was in the crowd. They were beaming with excitement, and for good reason; the band’s record has quickly garnered a slew of praise everywhere from NPR to Spin, Vice, The New York Times, the Guardian, and here in the Globe.