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If you’re familiar with the live music scene in Brisbane, you probably fall into one of two categories: you’re a fan of Osaka Punch (formerly The Kidney Thieves), or you’ve heard the name, and are yet to witness the spectacle of their live show firsthand.

The growing hype surrounding this act is based solely on a virtuosic high-energy live performance showcasing the group’s ability to straddle any genre from authentic old-school funk to extreme modern metal. This flexibility has caused critics to draw comparisons to Frank Zappa and Mr Bungle, and has already earned them support slots with high-profile international acts and the creme-de-la-creme of the popular Australian scene.

“I love that heavy groove sh*t!” says Clint Boge of The Butterfly Effect, while Luke Gower of Cog described the group as “a breath of fresh air”. Other artists of varied styles with whom Osaka Punch have graced the stage include Little Birdy, Mammal, Ed Keupper, True Live, LABJACD, Faker, The Matches (US), Endorphin, Wolf and Cub and many, many more. The group receive unsolicited airplay from national and local community radio stations of their unofficial recordings, have toured the east coast extensively, and have been billed at major festival events such as the Adelaide Fringe, Brisbane’s Sounds of Spring ’09 and The Gold coast Big Day Out 2011.

At the core of Osaka Punch’s current success is an approach to songwriting which fuses elements of several genres with accessible, dance-inducing grooves, all delivered by the group’s infamous front man, Jack Muzak, with a tongue-in-cheek exuberance.

You can’t call (Osaka Punch) a “warm-up” band… They’re more of a “set fire to the stage & hope the next act can still use it” band. Their sound takes me back to a Faith No More era, where sounds and styles blended. (Osaka Punch) equals fun.
Jose Eduardo Cruz – Live Music Media

I am seriously addicted to this song… an awesome mix of weird, heavy and theatrical. If you haven’t seen (Osaka Punch) live then I suggest that you do… freaking AWESOME!
Sarah Howells – Triple J

In December ’09, jazz-trained Dane Pulvurenti was awarded Best Drummer at both the state and national finals of Emergenza, the worlds largest and longest-running competition for independent acts, where Osaka Punch won second place overall from over 550 entries nationwide.

2014 proves to be an exciting year for the band. After recently relocating to Manchester, United Kingdom, Osaka Punch are currently preparing to enter the studio to follow up 2012’s Voodoo Love Machine & the 2013 singles ‘Served with Mustard’ and ‘Make the Call’.

For further information and bookings, please contact osakapunchofficial@gmail.com


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