5 Songs, 22 Minutes

Mastered for iTunes
Mastered for iTunes

Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5

16 Ratings

16 Ratings

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

Too weird - miss the mark


They have so much potential. I know i could like them, but they just don't seem to hit the mark i'm looking for. I know i could love them if they sounded more like Willie Watson and less like this oddball and slow junk. More raw Americana/Bluegrass and more upbeat.

Always blowing my mind

Wombat Slayer

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.

About Punch Brothers

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' band for a half-dozen years. The new group quickly signed with Nonesuch Records and issued a debut album, Punch, in 2008, which was anchored by Thile's ambitious 40-minute, four-part suite "The Blind Leaving the Blind." The double-disc (plus a third DVD concert disc) Antifogmatic, produced by Jon Brion, arrived from Nonesuch in 2010, and was followed in 2012 by Who's Feeling Young Now?, produced by Jacquire King (Kings of Leon, Tom Waits, Modest Mouse), and the Ahoy! EP. After working with T-Bone Burnett on the soundtrack for the 2013 Coen Brothers film Inside Llewyn Davis, the Punch Brothers teamed with the producer to record their fourth full-length album, The Phosphorescent Blues, which appeared in January 2015. ~ Steve Leggett




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