The Stolen, Cassettes

Thu, April 19, 2018

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

The Boot & Saddle

Philadelphia, PA

$12.00 - $15.00

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.
The Stolen
The Stolen is an alternative rock band from Old Bridge, NJ consisting of Dom Cuce, Rob Chiarappa, Kevin Smart, and Mike Chiarappa. The band's nostalgic sound of late 80's new wave rock blended with modern indie pop is nothing less of intriguing. Since forming, the band has provided direct support for acts like Neon Trees and The All-American Rejects. In addition, The Stolen has made appearances at festivals like Vans Warped Tour, South By So What, and Skate and Surf. The quartet released there sophomore EP 'I'm So Dead' in 2016, which caught the attention of many including MTV, who claimed that the EP "is the perfect pop-alt soundtrack to take you into the summer season." In May of 2017, The Stolen put out their newest release titled 'Fragile Heart' which includes the groups most representative tracks to date including "Euphoric" and "West Coast". The band is currently embarking on a national tour in support of the new release of "Fragile Heart".
Riff-heavy modern Power-Pop with nods to the 70s, 80s and 90s. The Wonders turned up to eleven.
Venue Information:
The Boot & Saddle
1131 S. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19147