Punchline In-depth Biography
Founding their themes upon an effervescent punk-pop} formula, combining catchy rhythms and sharp melodies, and revealing influences coming from bands like Green Day} and Weezer}, Punchline} bring forward distinctive tunes to the alternative rock} scene. Established in Pittsburgh, PA, in July of 1997, Punchline} began with the lineup of Paul Menotiades} (guitar/vocals), Steve Soboslai} (guitar/vocals), Chris Fafalios} (bass/vocals), and P.J. Caruso} (drums). From the beginning, the band built a loyal fan base, mostly due to its rousing live performances and unending show schedule. Only one year after forming, the crew entered the studio and a few months later self-released How to Get Kicked Out of the Mall}, their first record. In 1999, and again by their own initiative, Punchline} issued their second disc, the self-titled Punchline}.
Following two years of nonstop shows across the U.S., the band recorded the eight-song Major Motion Picture}, with production credits divided with Billy Rossi}. Fueled by Ramen} took notice of the guys, signed them, and February 2003 saw Punchline}'s first release on the label, The Rewind EP}. Exactly one year later, Sean O'Keefe} recorded their debut FBR} full-length, Action}, which contained hook-filled melodies, sing-along choruses, and three-part vocal harmonies. January 2005 saw the departure of guitarist Menotiades} and Greg Wood} joining the band in his place. Later, Punchline} toured with Bayside}. Their next album, 37 Everywhere}, appeared in April 2006 -- titled such for the band's love for and ability to spot the number 37, well, everywhere -- and a subsequent headlining tour in support of the record ran through the spring. Wood} amicably exited Punchline} in late summer to pursue other interests, replaced on guitar by Jon Belan} (ex-the Berlin Project}). ~ Mario Mesquita Borges, All Music Guide