New York needs Poetic Thrust.
It’s been ages since the city had a musical group worthy of ubiquitous local praise– a band that could accurately speak to the ever-changing, ever-darkening development of this metropolitan jungle’s five disparate boroughs. Manhattan trio RATKING got dangerously close to passing the torch in 2014, after their debut full-length So It Goes dropped, but the band dissolved shortly after. It might take longer still for a band like Poetic Thrust to grab all the ears it deserves, but at this rate the band’s ultimate rise is all but inevitable.
Formed in undergrad at SUNY Purchase, just a train ride north of NYC, the band quickly found a loyal audience by performing a weekly, three-hour set at Williamsburg bar Loosie Rouge. Helmed by vocalist-MCs Nakama and Yoh the Shaolin (who both have flourishing solo careers of their own), the seven-piece improvisation hip-hop and jazz collective maintained that cozy residency for years following SUNY– honing their chops and finessing their chemistry. These days Poetic Thrust is focusing more time on recording and releasing new material, playing less shows but delivering the same unique energy whenever they do make an appearance.
The newly premiered Poetic Thrust EP, On Deck, is an organic extension of those sweaty, intimate sets at Loosie. Here are four robust but sparingly produced tracks, carried by the live instrumentation of Juno Arreglado (keys, bass), Zach Berns (drums), Jaedon Alvira (sax), Nat Ranson (trombone), and Stu Pender (guitar). Don’t miss EP closer “High Speed Chase”, an anthemic, uptempo rap banger. Embellished with breathtaking horn arrangements and the angst-ridden urgency of Nakama and Yoh’s whirlwind verses, “High Speed Chase” is the type of joint to get you pumped for Poetic Thrust’s future.
Stream Poetic Thrust’s four-track On Deck EP below.
Read a statement from Nakama and drummer Zach Berns about the EP’s inspiration and their family of collaborators.
We transformed the kinetic, caustic energy of New York studios and twilight commutes into a meditation on trusting the process on a quiet deck in Pennsylvania. The project was put on wax and cemented at Electric Garden in Brooklyn. It always comes full circle. We’re a boy-band for grown folk, a monument to peace and the advocates of advancement. Our peers and collaborators help us refine this vision. Jaclyn Sanchez on the mix, Maia Benaim carrying visual design and Richie Ellis behind the lens. We keep this energy at all times, of growth and communication, of revery and insubordination. Thrash to Nirvana with us, we got what you need ON DECK.