Recorded at Blackbird Studios in Nashville, Who's Feeling Young Now?, the follow-up to 2010's Grammy-nominated Antifogmatic, was produced by Grammy Award winner Jacquire King (Kings of Leon, Tom Waits, Modest Mouse) and features ten songs written by Punch Brothers, with the band’s friend Josh Ritter co-writing lyrics on two tunes, plus the group’s take on the Swedish group Väsen’s “Flippen" and what the New York Times calls a "mind-boggling cover of Radiohead’s 'Kid A.'" The album shows "why they are so special," says the Guardian. "This is a remarkable band." The LP comes on two discs of 140-gram, audiophile-quality vinyl and includes four additional Punch Brothers–penned tunes.
Punch Brothers release their new album, Who’s Feeling Young Now?, on vinyl March 20. Completed over three weeks at Blackbird Studios in Nashville, the record was produced by Grammy Award winner Jacquire King (Kings of Leon, Tom Waits, Modest Mouse). Who’s Feeling Young Now? is the follow-up to 2010’s Grammy-nominated Antifogmatic, about which the New York Times said: “Punch Brothers have the unplugged lineup of an old-fashioned string band … But their music is as radical as … new acoustic music can be.”
Ten songs from Who’s Feeling Young Now? were written by Punch Brothers, with the band’s friend Josh Ritter co-writing lyrics on two tunes (“Hundred Dollars” and “New York City”). Additionally, the album contains the band’s interpretations of Radiohead’s “Kid A” and the Swedish group Väsen’s “Flippen.” The vinyl album was pressed on two discs of 140-gram, audiophile-quality vinyl and includes four additional Punch Brothers–penned tunes. The free MP3s included with vinyl orders are of the ten original album tracks.
Punch Brothers was formed in 2006 by mandolinist/singer Chris Thile with four other virtuosic musicians: fiddler Gabe Witcher, banjo player Noam Pikelny, bassist Paul Kowert, and guitarist Chris “Critter” Eldridge. Their first Nonesuch record, Punch, was released in 2008 and combined elements of the band’s many musical interests, including indie rock, folk, jazz, bluegrass, and classical music. In 2009 they all moved to New York City and began a regular, standing-room-only, residency at the Living Room, trying out new songs as well as inspired covers; these shows ultimately spawned Antifogmatic.
“Who’s Feeling Young Now? is less evasive than Antifogmatic and Punch,” said Thile. “And I feel like part of that is us becoming more comfortable with who we are as a band, and me becoming more comfortable with who I am as a singer.”
Produced, Recorded, and Mixed by Jacquire King
Additional Recording by Brad Bivens
Assisted by Nathan Yarborough
Recorded October 2011 at Blackbird Studio, Nashville, TN
Mixed at The LBT
Mastered by Richard Dodd
All songs written by Punch Brothers except “New York City” and “Hundred Dollars,” music by Punch Brothers, lyrics written by Josh Ritter and Chris Thile; “Flippen (The Flip),” written by Mikael Marin; and “Kid A,” written by Radiohead. All music arranged by Punch Brothers.
Design by Jeri Heiden
Photography by Danny Clinch
Noam Pikelny appears courtesy of Compass Records.
Chris Thile uses Elixir strings and Blue Chip picks; Chris Eldridge uses John Pearse Strings, Blue Chip Picks, and Karura Cases; Gabe Witcher uses Evah Pirazzi Pirastro Strings; Noam Pikelny endorses GHS Strings.
Executive Producer: Robert Hurwitz
Chris Eldridge, guitar, vocals
Paul Kowert, bass, vocals
Noam Pikelny, banjo, vocals
Chris Thile, mandolin, lead vocals
Gabe Witcher, fiddle, vocals, lead vocals on "Hundred Dollars"