It’s easy to imagine the Punch Brothers as a rock band. I mean, what’s rock and who cares, but I’m talking about materials: electric guitars and digital distortion and drums, rather than the untreated sounds of mandolin, fiddle, banjo, acoustic guitar and double bass.
In rock, though, the last refinement is feigning indifference, and it’s not easy to imagine this group doing that now. The Punch Brothers, who write their songs collectively but organize themselves around the charisma of the singer and mandolinist Chris Thile, can’t stop showing you what they know…. Read the entire NY Times review>