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.”