Fresh off the release of their new album “Sucker Punch Gospel,” The Band Called FUSE and MC Silent Knight forge ahead as rising stars of New York’s underground. They host the buzz-generating weekly West Village showcase “The Line Up” (which has featured over 100 up-n-coming East Coast performers) and deliver a trailblazing sound of hip hop beats, rock riffs, soulful hooks and powerful street rhymes. The band’s versatile and passionate lead MC Silent Knight recently broke into the Top 10 hip hop college radio charts with his single “Stayin’ Busy” (produced by the famed Audible Doctor).
“Fuse is moving with a new authority and spark…” Lead MC Silent Knight "has been a constant force on the city's live music scene. The rapper — a bit more conscious rap than street — spits his insightful and intelligent rhymes with expert phrasing, intonation and cadence. He's recorded with notables like Sean Price and Pumpkinhead and has shared stages with Grandmaster Caz, Talib Kweli, Masta Ace and Jeru the Damaja.” –Chris Jordan, The Home News Tribune and Asbury Park Press
The Band Called FUSE regularly performs on NYC’s main stages (Southpaw, Knitting Factory, Public Assembly) as well as in Philadelphia (World Café Live, Trocadero) and DC (Bohemian Caverns), either headlining or opening for the likes of Can-i-Bus, Jean Grae, etc. FUSE’s rapidly-growing fan base of devoted “soul rockas” (1900+ on Facebook) prizes the band’s live shows for their renowned energy and wild array of music styles (from smooth to hard, from funky to heavy).
“Live performances are FUSE’s specialty and whether they are headlining shows at established venues or performing at a cornucopia of underground concerts, they never disappoint. The band excels at creating music that gives a voice to raw emotion.” -Gregorious Winter, Editorial, Ourstage.com
FUSE has released three full-length CD’s: Nine Cuts (2007), Soul Rebels Vol. I (2009), with famed underground producer DJ KO, and Sucker Punch Gospel (2011), which features legendary P-Funk keyboardist Bernie Worrell.
“The new album ‘Sucker Punch Gospel’ [is] a potent combination of soul, rock and hip-hop. The band’s songs on ‘Sucker Punch’ recall the hot concrete soul of Sly and the Family Stone. Add to that the rhymes of frontmen Silent Knight and Soul Qloc, and the package gets a boost of pertinence and power.” –Chris Jordan, The Home News Tribune and Asbury Park Press