By Megan Keelan.
Punchline is by no means a new band; however, if you’ve never heard of them, here’s a little back story. They’re a band from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania that is currently made up of Steve Soboslai (vocals/guitar), Chris Fafalios (bass), Cory Muro (drums), and Paul Menotiades (guitar/vocals). They started playing together 14 years ago, and have released 6 LPs and 3 EPs. Punchline has toured the world alongside bands like Fall Out Boy and Paramore. They were a part of the Fueled By Ramen Records family from 2003-2008, after which they decided to create their own independent label, Modern Short Stories. Looking at their past, the success that they’ve recently found is no surprise.
At the very end of 2011, Chris made a shocking announcement: if the band didn’t reach number one on iTunes with their new EP So Nice to Meet You, then he would give up his bass and leave the band. On January 2, 2012 (the day before the album dropped), Steve was featured on the Fox show Mobbed to make his feelings for a long-distance friend known. When So Nice to Meet You was released the next day, it fairly quickly climbed the iTunes charts. It eventually peaked at number seven overall, but made it to the number one spot in the Rock genre. The real shocker: the band didn’t spend a single dime on advertising for the album. The only pushing for the album was done through Facebook and Twitter, yet it was able to outsell bands who have millions of dollars to spend on advertising in every way possible. Needless to say, Chris made a second announcement to say that he would be staying with the band because beating Metallica on the rock charts was enough for him.
If you haven’t bought the EP, it’s available on iTunes here. Make sure to go like Punchline on Facebook and follow them on Twitter!
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