Over the last 9 years, Osaka Punch has forged a reputation as one of Australia’s most wildly entertaining live acts. The group’s distinctive fusion of catchy grooves, jazz chops and a rock ethos sets them apart from most heavy acts and allows an element of humour and satire in an otherwise very serious scene. Reviewers have been keen to emphasise the crowd-captivating live antics of both the outfit and it’s charismatic and ceaselessly energetic front man, Jack ‘Muzak’ Venables.
2016 was a strong year for the band. They released 2 singles and the album ‘Death Monster Super Squad’, which was met with critical acclaim and airplay on Triple J, Triple M, and various local radio stations around the country. Combine that with some epic support slots with Dead Letter Circus, The Fall of Troy, and Closure in Moscow, and it’s easy to see why the buzz is growing so swiftly around Osaka Punch.
2017 kicked off to a flying start with 2 tours along the East Coast supporting Lagerstein and Twelve Foot Ninja. This raised their profile in NSW, SA, and Victoria, and further established their loyal following in their hometown of Brisbane. They scored a Top 10 Buzz Band title at the 2017 BIGSOUND conference before hitting the road on a national headlining tour launching their latest single “How We Operate”. In March 2018 they’re touring nationally with The Butterfly Effect.
Having toured Australia, the UK and Scandinavia over the past 5 years, Osaka Punch has honed their live set to a fine art. This, combined with well-crafted songs and world class musicianship, makes Osaka Punch one of Australia’s must see live acts.
“Bodies were flying around the stage and sending the crowd into a frenzy, but not a single sound was out of place.”
“Normally, you either see a band rule the stage with their energy and charisma… or you see a tight, refined band. Somehow, Osaka Punch pulled off both”
“The vibe was infectious and spread to every single person in the audience, as their heavy grooves and pop melodies vibrated the floors.”
“These guys are just one of the coolest funky-arse rock bands I’ve ever seen!”
“Osaka Punch is a pop-metal-bastard-fun-daughter. I admire the concept of a band loyal to neither genre, awesome at both, and not giving a f*ck.”
“A rollicking hit of soul-melting groove… with just the right touch of heaviness to start a decent mosh.”
“An eclectic mix of Faith No More, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Incubus, just with heavier riffs, smoother pop melodies, and a teeny tiny bit of prog thrown in for good measure”
“Their progressive/funk/everything fusion had the crowd bopping and bouncing along like it was the world’s biggest hoedown”
“There was not one moment where the infectious talents of the band didn’t have the crowd singing along, in hysterics, or a combination of both”
“Osaka Punch put on one hell of a show, and not for those who enjoy their music, but for those who enjoy music in general.”
The Cambridge Hotel
The Croxton Bandroom