The magical Punch Brothers returned to Brisbane to astound yet another audience at The Tivoli Theatre (15 July).
It did not matter whether they played one of their latest songs or an old favourite, we were under their spell erupting with thunderous applause at the conclusion of each song played, which even seemed to leave the band taken aback.
Sometimes I would close my eyes and let the music transport me to whatever foreign land it may be.
Whether it was the captivating instrumental of ‘Three Dots And A Dash’ or the bounce of ‘Magnet’, the Punch Brothers left me transfixed. They covered Tame Impala's ‘Let It Happen’. I wondered if that was just for the Australian tour or not. Regardless, it was a splendid transformation of a heavily recognised song. I would expect nothing less from them.
Technicality wise, they were better than their last Brisbane show. Chris Thile's lead vocals were as powerful as ever, Gabe Witcher's fiddle playing blew my mind (a particular faux reverb effect was most ear-catching), Chris Eldridge's backing vocals resonated with rich harmonies, while Paul Kowert and Noam Pikelny's bass and banjo playing were impeccable.Click here for more photos from the show.
I do not say this lightly; Punch Brothers’ Brisbane show is one of my favourite performances I have EVER seen. Their music applies to a wide variety of tastes. I urge anyone to see them if they get a chance.
Image © Kalem Horn
So I say cheers to you Punch Brothers, I raise a jungle-bird cocktail and await your return.