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Music with a Punch

Sunday Punch is not your average cover band.

Whether it’s lead singer Robbie Doherty rocking out to the majority of the band’s songs, bassist Pierce Clarke nailing the high notes of Frankie Vallie, or lead guitarist Rob Switzer bellowing the tunes of Johnny Cash, Sunday Punch gives the crowd what they want.

One of the many things that set this band apart is their pure sound.

“Every sound that’s coming out is coming from the floor,” said Robbie Doherty. This means the band doesn’t use pitch correctors for their harmonies, Switzer doesn’t use effects on his guitar and Jeff Doherty doesn’t use any samples from the keyboard.

A band that played their first gig in early 2009 at the Cornwall Roadhouse in Charlottetown, PEI, Sunday Punch has since evolved into a mainstay on the east coast venue tour.

The only remaining member from that 2009 show, Switzer has seen the band change over his five years. His childhood best friend, Robbie Doherty, joined the band in 2010. The addition of Doherty led to his older brother Jeff joining the band in August of 2012.

Jeff Doherty managed to talk his former coworker from the Avonlea Village in Cavendish, PEI, Pierce Clarke, to take a leave of absence from one of the most prestigious music schools, the Berklee College of Music in Boston. Said college has some elite alumni in the form of Rivers Cuomo from Weezer, Gavin Degraw and the infamous John Mayer.

Drummer Matt Meuse-Dallien is living the real life of a rock star. After catching a Sunday Punch show in Halifax, he found himself as the new drummer in the following months.

Being a hardcore WWE fan, Robbie incorporates aspects of wrestling-style theatrics into their shows as much as he can.

“Robbie gets the crowd chanting ‘Yes! Yes! Yes!’ at the top of their lungs just like one of his wrestling heroes, Daniel Bryan,” said his brother.

When asked what’s next for the band, Robbie Doherty didn’t miss a beat when he answered, “the Great Canadian Burger at Dolans.”

On Feb. 13, 14 and 15 at Dolans, Sunday Punch won’t just put on a show for you. They are going to give you an experience.

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