The late night disco project known as the PUNCHES sat down for a bit with the gentlemen of Chubby Beavers, which was an enlightening experience. Funny fucking dudes. As stated in our earlier post about them (here), they’re definitely a name to watch out for if you haven’t already been familiarized. Cheers.
CB: First off, tell us how was the Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival? What tracks did you drop that really wowed the crowd? How was the vibe?
P: BEMF was fantastic, really one of the highlights of the years. We really work on sets that feel like one giant track, but if we had to pull out three songs, we would say Gary Caos vs. Double Exposure – “My Love is Free 2010 (Lazy Rich’s Filtered Workout)”, Disko Junie – “The Music (Audio Jacker Mix)” and PUNCHES – “SHOUT (Rework)” from our upcoming EP.
CB: Brooklyn is widely known for the vast array of musical influences, underground indie scene, and to make things simple, are usually ahead of the curve. Would you attribute Brooklyn’s avant-garde musical attitude to the hipsters, the artists, the culture, or a combination of them all?
P: Like all good melting pots, no one ever knows if it’s the sautéed onions, the homemade beef stock or the choice cut of meat that gives it full flavor. Brooklyn is a combination of all those tasty ingredients.
CB: I know Greg and Darin are brothers.How did you come to meet Alan and what made you decide to form a trio?
P: Greg used to spin Alan’s record back at KWVA when he was a college DJ. By the time we showed up in Brooklyn, we knew we just had to become brothers from a different mother.
CB: Why do you refer to Punches as a “late night disco project”?
P: Most of our work and gigs happens well past the stoke of midnight, so we figured we would aptly label PUNCHES as such. We realized that good stuff happens in the day, but great stuff happens at night.
CB: Explain to us the process of making your famed EP Sleepless City, and the external influences that helped create such a feel-good release?
P: “Sleepless City” was the culmination of our individual and shared experiences up until the point of its release. We picked the cream of the crop of our experiences and distilled them into three tasty tracks. We were spending a lot of nights out, listening to R Kelly, Philadelphia Soul and Hot 97. For our next release we garnered a good amount of inspiration from Otis Day’s performance in Animal House.
CB: The Tokyo Police Club have had much success in the recent past. How does it feel to have an official remix for them, and what elements went into making this remix such a success (especially on the Hype Machine charts)?
P: We have know the wonderful lads of Tokyo Police Club for years, so it was a great honor to take their music and flip it into remix. As for climbing the Hype Machine chart, it was a mix of good timing, note-worthy indie band and Billy Joel-esque piano riffs.
CB: What can we expect from the Punches in the next year?
P: You can expect another EP dues out early Spring, a smattering of new remixes and three Hungarian Jews looking proper in suits, toasting the night away.