The critically acclaimed American band Punch Brothers will arrive in Australia in August to perform shows in Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide, the first Australian visit by the band.
On their inaugural visit to Australia, Punch Brothers will perform at the Melbourne Recital Centre on Monday 6 August, followed by a headline show at The Basement in Sydney on Wednesday 8 August. The band will then venture to South Australian for a performance at the 2012 Adelaide International Guitar Festival at the Festival Theatre on Friday 10 August. The fast rising starts were hand-picked by the Festival Artistic Director and revered Australian classical guitarist Slava Grigoryan.
Described by legendary producer T Bone Burnett as “one of the most incredible bands (America) has ever produced”, Punch Bros combine indie rock, folk, jazz, bluegrass, and classical music in a sound that is unprecedented and inspiring. Unbound by notions of genre, their collaborative, porous approach to music making results in an extraordinary dynamic performance, laced with breathless motion and humour.
Punch Brothers was formed in 2006 by mandolinist/singer Chris Thile, formally of platinum-selling bluegrass outfit Nickel Creek. He formed the band with four other virtuosic musicians: fiddler Gabe Witcher, banjo player Noam Pikelny, bassist Paul Kowert, and guitarist Chris Eldridge. Recorded in Nashville, Who’s Feeling Young Now? is the bands third album. The album was produced by Grammy Award winner Jacquire King (Kings of Leon, Tom Waits, Modest Mouse), and features ten songs written by the band (including two co-written with their friend and fellow forthcoming Australia tourists Josh Ritter) Who’s Feeling Young Now? is the follow-up to 2010’s Grammy-nominated Antifogmatic.
Punch Brothers are also featured twice on the new T Bone Burnett–produced Hunger Games: Songs from District 12 and Beyond album. The band has appeared on such programs as Late Night with David Letterman, the Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Later With Jools Holland, and at festivals including Bonnaroo, Telluride Bluegrass, and Newport Folk. This year they were nominated for two Grammys, and Chris Thile was also nominated for a Grammy for a duet album of traditional bluegrass tunes he recorded with guitarist/singer Michael Daves.
“In their willingness to subvert pop melodies with startling dissonance and rhythmic jolts, they’re like an acoustic Radiohead.”—San Francisco Chronicle
“I never flinch or hesitate to say the Punch Brothers are the tightest, most impressive live band I have ever seen.”
“Their songs glitter and soar, capable of pushing beyond traditional bluegrass into alternative rock.” —BBC
Friday 10 August – Adelaide Festival Theatre, Adelaide
Presented by Adelaide Festival Centre,
Tickets from $40 book at bass.net.au or 131 246.
Adelaide International Guitar Festival August 9 – 12. For further information visit www.adelaideguitarfestival.com.au
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