Punch Brothers, The Paramount, Huntington, NY – 10/7
There is something so audacious about the Punch Brothers. Whether it’s their genre crossing boundaries, their members willingness to forge on despite their pasts, or even just their audacity to perform in front of a crowd each night.
At the Paramount Theatre in Huntington, the Punch Brothers brought their show of foot stomping music along with their friend Tom Brosseau. Brosseau influenced the Punch Brothers’ Chris Thile as Thile titled his solo album How To Grow a Woman From the Ground after Brosseau’s song of the same title. Brosseau’s set included eclectic chord voicings and soft singing.
The Punch Brothers graced the stage not long after, jumping right in to “This Girl.” They continued with “New York City” after. The tight show featured a lot of material of their most recent album Who’s Feeling Young Now? such as “Hundred Dollars.” The well-composed arrangements on the album were so powerful and tight live. The jams were present throughout the night too, especially during the instrumental “The Flip (Flippen)” with solos from fiddle player Gabe Witcher and mandolin player Chris Thile. While watching Thile, a former mandolin prodigy, one can only be in awe of his quick, clean, and fluid picking.
Aside from new material, the Punch Brothers played a variety of covers and old material. A cover of The Strokes’ “Heart in a Cage” included Thile singing, “All our friends, they’re laughing at us. Who can blame them? ” They covered Beck’s “Sexx Laws” and Josh Ritter’s “Another New World.” The bands’ ability to take songs of such different genres, morph, and arrange them perfectly to a bluegrass sound shows their talent and courage in so many ways. Every cover they did, they did with justice to the originals. Finally, the band closed the night with “Who’s Feeling Young Now?” and a fan favorite “Rye Whiskey” to a crowd of grooving folks.