After performing for 10 years and releasing an EP in 2009, The John Punch
Band released their first full-length album "Rocks and Minerals"
on September 25th 2015.
From intimate guitar and voice sections to full ensemble sections with gorgeous violins, banjos, horns and more, this album covers a wide variety of sounds and moods. The 11 song album focuses on current issues ranging from the environment to war and human rights.
Started in 2004, The John Punch Band has been performing regularly in Ottawa and the surrounding areas. Opening for acts such as Fred Eaglesmith and performing at venues such as the Ottawa Bluesfest and the historic Black Sheep Inn, The John Punch Band has become an established band, appreciated by longtime fans and newcomers alike. After releasing their first EP, Exclaim! wrote “Fences Have Been Planted, Thorns Have Been Built is a compelling five-track EP that reads like a tacit promise of a follow-up full-length album worth waiting for.” The wait is now over.
Cory Thibodeau - Guitar/Vocals
Matt MacKinnon - Drums
Benny Gutman - Guitar and sometimes Bass
Michael Hurley - Bass
Anthony Bacon - Cello
Ueli Dörig - Saxophone
"The John Punch Band’s first recording in six years, Rocks & Minerals, is a folk-rock masterpiece full of songs that pack a wallop" - Lynn Saxberg (Ottawa Citizen)
"Strong and understated songwriting, with subtleties suggesting Bon Iver and Rural Alberta Advantage. There's a hint of new gospel influence and strong echoes of 90's radio-friendly folk"
- NOW Magazine