Antifogmatic from Punch Brothers in June

Continuing in their established trend of terse, esoteric and slightly archaic references for album titles, Punch Brothers have announced that their new CD, Antifogmatic, will be released June 15 on Nonesuch Records.

And also continuing in the newly-established trend, they are offering a special deluxe pre-release package chock-full of extra goodies. For $25 you will receive the new CD, a four song instrumental EP, All of This Is True, and a live DVD, It’s p-Bingo Night! filmed at The Living Room in New York City. The first 250 pre-orders will also get an autographed cocktail recipe guide.

Why the bartender’s friend and the cryptic album title? Banjo picker Noam Pikelny lifts the veil…

“If you’re wondering why we named our new record Antifogmatic, I say to you, men and women alike, ‘Good day to you, Sir.’ But for those still curious, an ‘antifogmatic’ is a type of 19th century alcoholic drink that was meant as a cure for the effects of fog and other inclement weather. My esteemed colleague, Mr. Thile, skillfully explains… ‘Antifogmatic is an old term for a bracing beverage, generally rum or whiskey, that a person would have before going out to work in rough weather to stave off any ill effects. This batch of tunes could be used in much the same way, and includes some characters who would probably benefit mightily, if temporarily, from a good antifogmatic.’ “

Like the previous two releases from Thile and his merry band, Antifogmatic was recorded live in the studio, this time at Ocean Way in Los Angeles, with jon Brion producing Jon Brion and Gregg Koller engineering.

From the Nonesuch web site:

“Our new record is a very pure collaboration,” Thile emphasizes. “I would often come to the boys with a start, a little nugget, and we would collectively fashion it into something. None of these songs would have been like themselves if I had been left to my own devices. Several of them were starts that other guys had, and we would build from there. It’s fun how liquid the writing process was on this.”

Says guitarist Eldridge, “We got to find out what the band sounded like when we tried to collectively make music from scratch. A song might start with something as simple as a phrase that everybody thought was cool and worthy of development, maybe a set of chord changes, maybe more than that. Everyone was bringing things to the table and putting them in front of the band’s collective consciousness to try to build them into something together. It was a pretty neat experience to see how things took shape that way. It really happened completely before our eyes.”

Read more online.

We’ll be on teh lookout for more details – and music samples – from this one.

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