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Socially Progressive War Poets Performing in San Francisco Sunday 9th at The Hotel Utah

War Poets
Who are the War Poets you ask?

Dulce et Decorum Est is the first full-length album from War Poets, a new band featuring five veterans of Minnesota’s pop/rock scene. The debut was released December 2012. Preceded by the lead single “Close Enough,” a socially progressive song about gay marriage, Dulce et Decorum Est takes a look at the modern world.

The songs run the gamut from country rockers to piano ballads, and the lyrics — largely written by Rex Haberman, who shares songwriting duties with bandmates Matt Kirkwold and Jenny Case, as well as co-producer Kevin Bowe — take their inspiration from history, human predicaments and current events. Violinist Lisi Wright and guitarist Dan Neale round out the group’s lineup. Since being released last month, the videos for “Close Enough” and “Will You Be There?” have already garnered over 100,000 plays on YouTube.

“The album is divided into two separate sections,” explains Haberman. “We have ten rock songs and seven ballads, and various influences are manifested in all of them. Kevin Bowe has an Americana style. Matt Kirkwold has a definite rock influence. Jenny Case is inspired by pop. This record weaves those styles together.”

When it came time to record the band’s diverse, literary music, War Poets turned to two acclaimed producers. Kevin Bowe, a Grammy-winning producer whose resume includes collaborations with Jonny Lang and hometown hero Paul Westerberg, recorded several songs in his Minneapolis studio, while Stephen McKnight (owner of Thermal Productions in Philadelphia) handled the rest. The result is a melting pot of ideas, musical influences and stories, all entwined to form the War Poets’ formidable debut.
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Hotel Utah Saloon 500 Fourth St. San Francisco, CA
Sunday, June 9

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