by Kyle Taylor ||
If hip hop is dead then Bad Poetry Club is a true and devout effort at reanimation. Founded in the fall of 2016, the imposing artist collective is ready now to emerge from the very shadows nobody knew to be hiding them. Divulging only a portion of the culmination of months of work, the project’s premier single, “The Words”, provides a uniquely satisfying cohesion of sound, as well as an enticing window to the audio contortions surely soon to unravel within Bad Poetry Club’s forthcoming debut record.
The chemistry existent between Bad Poetry Club’s individual members is exceedingly apparent throughout, inescapably bubbling and seemingly without confinement. A minimal production base eagerly finds momentum through the urges of precision beatboxing, only to further entangle itself in smooth brass inflections. Perhaps the most delightful intrusion, though, is the vocal stylings of the emcee duo of Tonio Sagan & Sotorios Fedeli, who seem to feed off one another’s societal interrogations and philosophical queries with defiant familiarity.
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ABOUT THE ARTIST:
Bad Poetry Club is a newfangled reimagining of music’s most pristine moments, slipping effortlessly through a polymerization of smooth jazz flares, old-school hip hop tendencies, embossed beatbox aptitude, and the modern dance juxtaposition of forceful breakbeat production against authentic, urban- illuminated brass punctuation. From the corroborative minds of Michael Wilbur (Moon Hooch instrumentalist), Tonio Sagan (producer, lyricist), Honeycomb (beatboxer, producer), and Sotorios (Political Animals frontman), comes an unfaltering, and successful, attempt to capture what previously seemed forgotten relics of musical introspection.
|| Tonio Sagan ||
Massachusetts born and bred producer, lyricist, and (perhaps most importantly) hip hop scholar, Sagan has plenty to say on just about every touchy subject you don’t want to think about, let alone discuss- and yet, his refreshing approach as a producer may very well confess the most voracious thoughts of them all. Also grandson to the late Carl Sagan.
|| Gable “Honeycomb” Johnson ||
Known to many as just “Honeycomb”, the prolific beatbox technique and skill-level of this New England musician only teases at his true potential. A dense, and ever-expanding, theoretical knowledge of the audio spectrum, Johnson’s role in Bad Poetry Club further glimpses into contributions of production, composition, and all-around creative insight.
|| Michael “Mike” Wilbur || —of Moon Hooch—
Wilbur brings just the perfect touch of what no one knew the project needed: elegant brass protrusions that profess an impeccable blend of Moon Hooch stylistic familiarity and subtle- but nonetheless unfamiliar- applications of such, seemingly discovered while exploring the endless nooks & crannies of the hip hop sound.
|| Sotorios Fideli || –of Political Animals–
Clever with the rhetoric, thick but decisive in the flow, and relentless in approach, Fideli possesses and professes the attitude of the entire Bad Poetry Club project. What is that attitude? A perspective of cynical realism and one which finds optimism in perceivably amorphous assaults of rhetoric.