Punchline 20th Anniversary Tour

Punchline 20th Anniversary Tour

Commonwealth Choir, Selfhelpme

Sat, July 22, 2017

Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

The Boot & Saddle

Philadelphia, PA

$12.00 - $14.00

This event is 21 and over

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Punchline is a band that never shies away from reinvention. The Pittsburgh group's founding members and songwriting team Steve Soboslai and Chris Fafalios pride themselves on musical innovation. In their earliest releases, Punchline took a progressive approach to punk rock. The band's 2004 Fueled By
Ramen release “Action” set the tone for what they'd become: a rock band with extreme pop sensibility, who oftentimes paid no mind to formulaic song norms. They pushed the envelope in a genre which rarely did, and this bold approach brought with it a strong, loyal fanbase all across the world.

Several strong releases followed over the next decade, paired with a personal connection with the people that supported Punchline along the way. By the time they self-released “So Nice To Meet You” on their own label Modern Short Stories in January of 2012, their fans rallied to show their support. The EP shot to
the Top 10 in the country on iTunes during it’s release week, and to #1 in Rock. With zero dollars put into promotion, Punchline sat on the charts with Adele and the like, purely off of the real love of real people.

Punchline's newest LP is called "Thrilled." The songs themselves have always been the priority with the band, and although that seems obvious, it’s not always that way in a world of music dominated by image and perception. From start to
finish, “Thrilled” is yet another heartfelt journey, filled with powerful, introspective lyrics and enormous choruses. On the opening title track, the distinctive voice of singer Steve Soboslai muses “so you weren’t the chosen one…the way I see it is
your time has yet to come” — a theme which hits close to home for a band that has tasted success, but not completely cracked into the mainstream. The single “Tell Me How You Sleep” is a lush and synth-heavy pop gem, which pairs perfectly with a trippy animated masterpiece of a music video. On “No Stopping
Us” — a throwback to Punchline’s punk rock roots — Chris Fafalios proclaims “you can try to kill us, we’re fearless, the real us will never lose”. With “Thrilled”, the band, in fact, won. At a point in their career where many artists may lose
inspiration and tend to phone it in, Punchline successfully managed to create their best album to date — a nod to both pop and rock at once.

In 2017, alongside bandmates Cory Muro and Trevor Leonard, the band continues to progress musically. Their forthcoming yet-to-be-named new album is the first that the band will have recorded themselves, and they are also taking a chance in the realm of television, as they are currently running a Kickstarter campaign to produce their own Netflix Music Special.
Commonwealth Choir
Commonwealth Choir
Golden age indie-rock from Doylestown, Pa. Blending towering harmonies ove​r 60's garage rock & 90's alternative, an impassioned live presence carves a path for their understated pop appeal & driving rhythm. Now primarily based in Philadelphia, they've been hard at work on their follow up to 2015's "Palace" & 2013's "Shirtless EP".
selfhelpme is the studio project from guitarist, JD Perry. JD is performing in support of his debut acoustic album, the road, which was released on June3rd,2016 by Know Hope Records, JD’s independent record label. Prior to SHM, JD was a member of the I-Surrender Records and Columbia Records band, Valencia, who toured and promoted across the States and overseas(Japan,Aus.,U.K.)for a decade.

Using a single microphone,"the road" was written and recorded by JD in a Nashville house during the Winter and Spring of 2016. It is a concept album that focuses its arrangements,production,and performance on simplicity
and timelessness; which lends to a unique,old-meets-new
sound that can be heard from song to song.
Venue Information:
The Boot & Saddle
1131 S. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19147