Ithaca, N.Y. — Ithaca’s beloved Gunpoets band will be throwing a live album release party at The Haunt Friday night.

Doors open at 9 p.m. Danielle Ponder and the Tomorrow People will be kicking off the sonic celebration at 10 p.m. before the Gunpoets take the stage.

We asked the Gunpoets to help us come up with six reasons to love their newest release.

Here’s a lightly edited version of what they had to say:

1) Unreleased Tracks

From covers with a twist like Bob Dylan’s “Ballad of a Thin Man,” and Donna the Buffalo’s “Biggie K” to tracks off of our upcoming studio record like “Wishing Well,” this album is full of tracks you’ve never heard before. Even the classics from our previous three records have been tweaked for the live show, so you’ll be hearing new and different versions of your favorite songs.

(Here’s a cover of Pink Floyd from GrassRoots a few years ago:)

2) Screaming Guitar Solos

Guitarist Eliot Rich really gets his shine on this record. From the slow and sexy solo on “Fly Away” to the uptempo jam on “Biggie K,” this live show showcases the live talents of the band that can’t be found on our studio releases.

3) Hard Hitting Beats 

When in talks about who to make this recording, we knew to turn to Steve Goldman of Four Legs Records, who produced our first Album “Shoot the Stars.”

We knew he would be able to catch the rocking energy of our live show. This record is radio-ready with banging kicks and snares, punchy bass lines and screaming guitar and synths. The balance is incredible and we couldn’t be happier with the final product.

4) A Cappella Rap Verses

Frontmen Jayhigh and Rising Sun have a cappella rap verses on this record that showcase their unique styles and lyrical talent.

We’ve been trying to incorporate more a cappella in our live performances to shine a light on the “poet” part of Gunpoetry.

5) Maddy Walsh

The singer for the Blind Spots was featured on two songs on the record. “Movin’ On” is a track from our debut album Shoot the Stars and Maddy did a phenomenal job bringing that track new life.

Of course, this album wouldn’t be complete without a live version of the hit “Make You Happy,” which has been on heavy radio rotation on local airwaves since its release.

6) You – gunpoets

gunpoets <3 you was a project inspired, supported, and participated in by their fans.

The record was funded through advance ticket sales and many of our fans bought a ticket package that included their name on the inside of the cd jacket.  You can hear our fans screaming throughout the entire album.  We absolutely love our fans and we made this record for them!

Jeff Stein

Jeff Stein is the founder and former editor of the Ithaca Voice.