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Album Review

An addendum of sorts to the Punch Brothers' 2015 LP The Phosphorescent Blues, four of the five tracks on the Wireless EP are original songs recorded during sessions for that album and previously available only as extra tracks on its vinyl edition. They include the music hall-style swing charmer "Sleek White Baby," which features lyrics by singer/composer Gabriel Kahane and a cameo by actor/musician Ed Helms, and "The Hops of Guldenberg," a lively instrumental jam. The fifth track is a tender cover of the late Elliott Smith's "Clementine."

Customer Reviews

Nice EP

I received this in the mail two days before it came out and I'm writing this review after listening to it multiple times. All of the songs are very musically tight and showcase amazing talent. Some might complain that this EP lacks a strong defining track like Rye Whiskey from Antifogmatic, or Movement and Location from WFYN?, or Julep from Phosphorescent Blues. This isn't a just a new Punch Brothers album, this is made up solely of songs from the Phosphorescent recording sessions that were good enough to make make this EP, but were unable to fit onto the album. That shows how talented Punch Brothers truly are. IF you compare this to any other thing Punch Brothers have produced, compare it to Ahoy. Although, in contrast to Ahoy with only one song fully written by Punch Brothers, every song but Clementing is written by them. Sleek White Baby was also written with the incredibly talented Gabriel Kahane who traveled with the band on their 2015 tour. It is very nice to have new material from this great band, and The Wireless is a very strong half hour of music

Punch Brothers can do NO wrong!

I recently saw them perform in Ithaca... With one mic... And it was sheer perfection. They performed 3 songs from this EP which I hadn't listened to at that time, but I was definitely intrigued. I'm always fascinated with the simplicity and complexity of their music. "In Wonder" is my favorite song off this album. So beautifully arranged and the vocals mesh so well. If you haven't seen them live, it truly is a treat. They are gracious as gracious as any group could be.

Always blowing my mind

Punch Brothers is absolutely rocking my world right now. How they continue to churn out such thought-provoking and mind-bending new music time and time again is beyond me. The Wireless is a great EP that builds on The Phosphorescent Blues in some powerful ways.

I know some people would prefer more by-the-numbers bluegrass from a band with such talented musicians, but I find their experimental and questioning posture extremely refreshing. It’s rare to find a band that will make music that makes me smile, think, wonder, and shake my head in amazement while soaking up such wonderful melodies.


Formed: 2006 in New York, NY [Brooklyn]

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '00s, '10s

After Nickel Creek disbanded in 2007, mandolin virtuoso Chris Thile assembled an all-star quintet called Punch Brothers (the name comes from the Mark Twain short story Punch, Brothers, Punch!) with guitarist Chris Eldridge, formerly of the Infamous Stringdusters; bassist Greg Garrison, who has played with Ron Miles and Leftover Salmon; banjo player Noam Pikelny, who has worked with John Cowan and Tony Trischka, and violinist Gabe Witcher, a sought-after session musician and a member of Jerry Douglas'...
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