Punch Brothers - State Theatre, Arts Centre Melbourne
Originally from Brooklyn, New York, formed in 2006, Punch Brothers are a band that endorses bluegrass instrumentation, but feature modern classical music structures.
With a band name taking from a Mark Twain short book entitled “A Literary Nightmare”, where the chorus is “Punch, brother, punch with care, punch in the presence of the passenjare”. The band released their debut album “Punch” on February 26th 2008. The trademark of the album being a four-movement suite entitled “The Blind Leaving the Blind”. The inspiration behind the piece was that of divorce. The follow up album came in the form of “Antifogmatic” on June 15th 2010. With an album what is dubbed as progressive bluegrass. The title comes from a 19th century alcoholic beverage that featured natural remedies. At the Bonnaroo Music Festival, the gathering were entitled to purchase the album three days before it’s release date.
Punch Brothers released a documentary called “How to Grow a Band”. It was directed by Mark Meatto, documenting two years of the bands existence. It premiered at the Nashville Film Festival on April 15th 2011. It also made it to the silver screen of the Annual Telluride Bluegrass Festival the same month.
“Who’s Feeling Young Now?” is the third instalment from Punch Brothers. It was released on Valentines Day 2012, and featured indie rock tendencies throughout the album. It was defined as more accessible than the band’s previous worked with the album featuring more simplicity. It maintained a little obscurity with the song “Movement and Location”, which is a song that was written by Chris Thile, who is a huge fan of the Chicago Cubs, and claimed that he was inspired by Greg Maddux’s obsession over the movement and location of his pitches.