"Pack one part rock, one part soul, one part hip hop... then light the fuse!"
The Band Called FUSE and lead MC Silent Knight burst onto the national scene at South By South West 2012 with a total of 3 showcases and 9 performances, following a successful Kickstarter fundraising campaign to finance their first national tour.
Rising stars of the New York underground, the band has played over 200 shows in the Tri-State area, delivering an explosive live sound of hip hop beats, rock riffs, soul hooks and versatile street rhymes dubbed “soul rock”.
Pros of the live scene, The Band Called FUSE has hosted the buzz-generating "Line Up" showcase in New York city since 2010, sharing the stage with over 100 exciting up-n-coming performers like Homeboy Sandman and hip hop legends such as John Forte (The Fugees). In 2013 the band expanded the showcase, adding monthly shows in Philadelphia and Washington, DC.
The band’s singles “Pretty Poison”, “Texas North, 5AM” and “Love & War in the City” spent weeks on the Top 40 hip hop college charts. Lead MC Silent Knight’s solo single “Stayin’ Busy” scored into the Top 10 hip hop college charts and racked up over 60,000 views on YouTube. His latest solo album (Busy Is My Best Friend) featured on several hip hop album of the year lists for 2012. He was listed as one of the Top 50 up-n-coming MCs by Rawkus Records.
The Band Called FUSE opened for Talib Kweli, MURS, Doug Wimbish (Living Colour), Vonnegutt, Can-I-Bus and Jean Grae and regularly features on main stages throughout the Tri-State area (Knitting Factory, Southpaw, Public Assembly, World Café Live, The Blockley).
The band released two full-length albums: Soul Rebels Vol. I (2009), and Sucker Punch Gospel (2011) which featured legendary P-Funk keyboardist Bernie Worrell. The Band Called FUSE and MC Silent Knight are currently in the studio working on their next album due out in 2013.
“Fuse is moving with a new authority and spark… 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… [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
“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.”