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The Gunpoets / Bio

Off the beaten path, nestled in the deep gorges of Ithaca, New York, there are whisperings of a musical revolution in the air. The streets are abuzz as the new school hip hop sound of The Gunpoets echoes throughout the hills and valleys of the musically rich, small upstate town, and far beyond, capturing hearts all over the region. Heavy bass, hard hitting drums, silky smooth keys and sexy guitar licks sweep audiences away as listeners find their bodies unable to resist the explosive rhythms. Add turntables and some microphones? Well, let's just say people won’t know what hit ‘em.

With partner in rhyme Jayhigh by his side, front man Rising Sun owns the stage and captivates the crowd at every twist and turn. To witness The Gunpoets in action is to see live rap music at its best! And their display of passion and energy is indeed a sight to behold. Powerful, positive, peaceful and at times political, they can work fans into a frenzy with one song and seduce them into a trance with the next. The Gunpoets seamlessly fuse hip hop with pop, rock, funk and a slew of other genres to bring the world their own unique flavor and brand.

The Gunpoets have shared stages with artists and bands such as Arrested Development, Talib Kweli, Michael Franti and Spearhead, Balkan Beatbox, Midnite, John Brown’s Body, Donna the Buffalo, Sim Redmond Band and many more. In 2012, they released their highly anticipated sophomore LP, "Come With Us," an album stuffed to the rafters with catchy tunes and cleverly crafted rhymes that showcases the bands versatility and musicianship. "Come With Us" won several local music awards including best album and best song. "Shoot the Stars," their debut album (2010), won the same awards. The band is currently working on their third studio release and plans to drop their first live album this summer. Whether they're on the road rocking crowds or in the lab working on their latest concoctions, they're making music around the clock and loving every minute of it. Check out the latest from The Gunpoets online, and catch them live when they come to a city near you!

General Info

Band Members
Rising Sun (mic), Jayhigh (mic), Eliot Rich (guitar), Colin Smith (keys), Lars Burggren (drums), Michael Wu (bass), DJ Double A (wheels)
Artist Name
The Gunpoets
Home Page
Active Since
Hip Hop / Pop / Indie Rock

Contact Info

Ithaca, NY

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