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The Gunpoets / Press

“Gunpoets set to drop new CD - With roots in hip-hop but also drawing on pop, rock, soul and funk influences, the Gunpoets have become one of Ithaca's most popular bands over the past couple of years. Their positive lyrics combined with a socially conscious spirit have enabled the band to build strong ties both within the local scene and to the larger community as well.”

“What you'll hear - A powerful, political, peaceful flow of poetry in the form of live, rebel rap — part cutting-edge hip-hop, part smooth rhythm and part rebellious rap. Hip-hop and rap lovers won’t want to miss this shot of Gunpoetry.”

“The envelopes, please: • BEST CD (All Styles): 1) The Gunpoets, "Shoot The Stars" - A few years ago, Cypher:Dissident gave the local hiphop scene a real boost with a great CD. Most of that band is now part of the Gunpoets, which grew out of frontman Dan "Rising Sun" Lisbe's solo albums. A smashing debut, "Shoot the Stars" is chock-full of great songs that blend hiphop with pop, soul and rock influences. There's also guest appearances from Ave Mack, Thousands of One's Jhakeem Haltom and the Sim Redmond Band's Jen Middaugh, not to mention great production by former Armageddon Monks guitarist Steve Goldman. *The Gunpoets also won BEST SONG with 'Nive to Five.'”

“The Top 5 Reasons The Gunpoets Are Our New Favorite Band This band is new, they rock, and they're going to do big things in I-Town Our top 5 is in. 1. The Sound - So many bands these days really try to pretend that they combine multiple styles of music together into what they call an 'innovative sound', but The Gunpoets really do blend so many different sounds into one. You could call them a hip hop group, but they're so much more than that with serious rock-infused guitar licks, reggae-pounding bass beats, and pop-friendly backing vocals. Truly something for everyone. 2. The Lineup - There are so many talented players in this group, it's ridiculous. The front man of the band is Dan Lisbe aka Rising Sun. He's been known for his conscious lyrics and positive vibes with some serious rhymes. Eliot Rich is on guitar in this band.”

“Gunpoets deliver epic hip-hop performance Local rappers articulate hope and freedom through lyrical composition. Powerful and poetic, the Gunpoets, a local, live hip-hop band, led listeners back to genuine, positive and motivating hip-hop on Friday at The Haunt. Their combination of spoken word and varying beats left viewers revitalized, refreshed and eager for an encore. Influenced by Nas, The Roots, Talib Kweli and various other artists, the Gunpoets’ sound, lyrics and image are noticeably unique. ”