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Poems

San Diego, California, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2021

San Diego, California, United States
Established on Jan, 2021
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"Emerging Band, Poems, Shows a Lot of Promise"

Music artists know fully well that finding success in today’s music industry necessitates a different kind of determination, hard work, and resilience. Widely known as a highly competitive kind of business, aspiring music artists should prepare themselves for the best and the worst possible scenarios. Despite their talents, many have given up, but some are bent on pushing themselves to the limits until the relentless pursuit of their dreams transforms into an inspiring success story. The emerging band, Poems, is one of the multiple groups today that are determined to make it in the music business, and since the release of its debut single, they have shown nothing but great promise.

The band marked the launching of Poems when its debut single, “Desdemona,” was released to the public in 2021. The song romanticizes the most challenging parts of a genuine love story while eluding the Shakespearean tragedy “Othello.” Music fans received their single quite well, much to their delight. The release of “Desdemona” started to open all sorts of doors for the band. They started to get invitations to play in key locations around Seattle. But just like any band that intends to succeed, Poems need to be closer to where all the action is. So the band decided to relocate to San Diego in California.

Poems started as a weekend hobby for friends Philip Ernest, vocals and guitar, and Cody Dodd, bassist. They would showcase their melancholic melodies and chord progressions, leaving their audience in awe and wanting more. Fortunately for the two, sound engineer Zae Howell heard them play one time in 2019. Zae went all the way down to the basement to see who was playing. At that time, he heard the duo’s “Desedemona” for the first time, which was still a little rough on the edges. After their first meeting, the rest was history and Zae was instantly on board. After some time, the band found another member in the person of Grayson Hagopian, who plays the drum.

Convinced that destiny brought them together for a reason, the band started to work on new songs and pursued gigs passionately. Finally, early in 2022, the band released its second single titled “She Set the Sun.” This time around, the song highlighted a nostalgic story of when a person lets go of a loved one while holding on at the same time.

At present, the band is back in the studio, working hard to expand their craft by experimenting with sonic elements and melodies that are expected to awaken the senses. The band members are confident that they need to maintain their creative freedom to come up with the best songs in the near future.

Poems is an all-around band that draws inspiration from the many projects that they support. Whether it is a simple gig or an elaborate music festival that they get invited into, they make it a point for people to have fun and create lasting memories. Their commitment to elevating the experiences of their listeners is something worth emulating and admiring. - LA Wire


"Poems Takes the Industry by Storm With Its Melancholic Flair, Gaining Traction With Its Latest Single “She Set the Sun”"

With more and more incredible artists taking over the music industry, establishing a good reputation therein is no longer just a matter of having the necessary talents and skills. In order to create a meaningful and long-lasting impact, one must not only have the voice and creativity but must also be able to demonstrate a strong sense of passion and dedication. Such is the case with indie band Poems, a purpose-driven project that was brought to life by Philip Ernest and Cody Dodd.

On a mission to bring its melancholic poetry to the music industry, Poems was first discovered by Zae Howell at a party in a small suburb of Seattle, Washington. According to the sound engineer, he was not expecting to come across such amazing talents until he accidentally overheard the early stages of what is now known as the project “Poems” by Philip Ernest and Cody Dodd.

Widely acknowledged for the insightful messages that it conveys to its listeners, Poems was originally constructed by guitarist and vocalist Philip Ernest. The visionary revealed that it only started out as a Notes app side project. However, his stripped-down guitar licks and vocal melodies caught the attention of bassist Cody Doddy. After realizing the beautiful music that they could create together, the duo decided to collaborate sometime in 2019.

In an interview, Zae Howell shared how impressed he was with the two’s melancholic melodies and unique chord progressions that Philip had written throughout his youth. As a matter of fact, one had even stopped the sound engineer mid-sentence, drawing him to the basement where he heard the band’s first single, “Desdemona,” in its purest form. This moment convinced the sound engineer to give Poems the breakthrough that they deserve.

With Zae Howell empathically onboard, Poems found new momentum and gathered enough steam to seek out friend and drummer Grayson Hagopian, who has played a significant role in solidifying the project and transforming it into the must-watch force it is recognized for today. Together, the team has been unstoppable at their game, reaching greater heights and establishing themselves in the industry.

With their unwavering commitment and unyielding determination, Poems was able to release their first single, “Desdemona,” a track the harder parts of a true love story, all the while eluding to the Shakespearian tragedy that is “Othello.” After being at the receiving end of numerous praises for this release, the group started playing in some venues around the greater Seattle area. Later on, they made the big decision to move to San Diego, CA and become part of the vibrant market that is more in tune with their style.

At the beginning of 2022, Poems released their latest single, “She Set The Sun.” The said song is a nostalgic story that speaks of the struggle of letting go and holding on at the same time and the challenges such a decision entails. The track turned out to be an immense achievement that further ignited the band’s relentless desire to create more engaging songs. With no plans of slowing down anytime soon, they intend to continue tugging at the heartstrings of listeners worldwide. - New York Wire


"Indie Band Poems Brings Melancholic Poetry to the Music Industry"

The coming together of talents often comes from unpredictable circumstances. An excellent example is how fate had played its part when Zae Howell attended a party in a small suburb of Seattle, Washington. In what can be described as a serendipitous moment, the sound engineer accidentally overheard the early stages of what is now known as the project “Poems” by Philip Ernest and Cody Dodd.

Originally the brainchild of guitarist and vocalist Philip Ernest, Poems started out as a Notes app side project. Philip’s stripped-down guitar licks and vocal melodies caught bassist Cody Dodd’s attention, and in 2019, Cody decided to work with Philip as a mere weekend hobby.
Zae was undeniably impressed with the two’s melancholic melodies and unique chord progressions that Philip had written throughout his youth. One had even stopped the sound engineer mid-sentence, drawing him to the basement where he heard the band’s first single, “Desdemona,” in its rawest form. At that moment, Zae knew that this was the beginning of something remarkable and that he had to be a part of this journey.

With the talented sound engineer on board, the band started seeing its true potential. Eventually, Poems decided to recruit their friend Grayson Hagopian as their drummer. This further solidified the project their fans and supporters hear today. Through sheer hard work, determination, and love for their craft, Poems was finally able to release their first single, “Desdemona.” Aptly named after the Venetian beauty of the Shakespearean tragedy Othello, the song is about romanticizing the harder parts of a true love story. The band’s magnum opus was a huge hit. After gaining traction with their release, Poems went on to perform in many venues around the greater Seattle area. In pursuit of their dreams, Poems made the difficult choice of moving from Washington to sunny San Diego, California, where the vibrant market would suit their music more.

Ironically, at the beginning of 2022, the band released their latest single, “She Set The Sun.” The captivating song is a nostalgic story of the struggle of letting go and holding on at the same time and the challenges the decision entails. The track was an immense achievement that further ignited the band’s relentless desire to create more engaging songs.

Now driven by their passion for experimenting and exploring their limitless potential, Poems is ecstatic to be back in the studio where they can broaden their range by discovering innovative sonic elements and melodies. From experimental guitar riffs to haunting lyricism, the band draws inspiration from various projects by other indie alternative groups, such as Hippocampus and New York City’s Interpol. Furthermore, Poems aims to share and achieve emotional freedom through the stories they tell in their songs, a trait that lovers of poetry would appreciate. Merging elements from their favorite bands as inspiration with their authentic creative sound, Poems is determined to make its imprint on the Indie Alternative industry. It’s truly exciting to see where the band ends up in the coming years. - Artists Weekly Magazine


"Alternative Indie Band Poems Setting the Trend for Musical Excellence"

Opportunities often present themselves in the most unexpected circumstances. This saying rang true when sound engineer Zae Howell attended a party in a small suburb of Seattle, Washington. In what can only be described as a fateful encounter, he overheard the melodic tunes of the project “Poems” in its early stages by founding members Philip Ernest and Cody Dodd.

An indie music band, Poems started as the brainchild of guitarist and vocalist Philip Ernest, working out melancholic melodies and chord progressions that he wrote in his youth. Together with bassist Cody Dodd, it became a weekend hobby, and the pair would spend weekends playing nostalgic tunes. Then, on one weekend in 2019, the melodic tune filtered into Zae Howell’s ears, stopping him mid-sentence as he drew closer to the basement where he heard the band’s first single, “Desdemona,” in its rawest form. It was a Eureka moment as Zae knew it was the beginning of something remarkable, and he wanted to be part of it.

Now a member of the band, Zae dedicated his skills as a sound engineer to help the band recognize its true potential. Eventually, Poems decided to recruit their friend Grayson Hagopian as their drummer, a recruitment that solidified the project their fans and supporters hear today. Then, through sheer artistry, hard work and dedication to their craft, the group released their debut single, “Desdemona,” in 2019.

The hit track romanticizing the more complicated parts of a true love story, all the while alluding to the Shakespearian tragedy of “Othello,” was an instant hit with the audience. After gaining some traction with the debut single, the music band performed in some venues around the greater Seattle area. Eventually, they would move to San Diego, California, to be a part of the vibrant market more suited to them and their listeners.

The beginning of 2022 marked a new era for the band with their latest single, “She Set The Sun.” The captivating song is a story about the struggle of letting go and holding on simultaneously and the challenges the decision entails. The track was an immense achievement cementing the band’s position in the industry and garnering fans worldwide.

Driven by their passion and the supporters of their fans, Poems is already back in the studio, drawing inspiration from a wide variety of projects, whether it is the catchy guitar riffs and lyrical melodies that can be heard from the indie alternative group Hippocampus or the melodramatic vocals from New York City’s rock outfit, Interpol.

As Poems continues to expand on its discography by exploring different sonic elements and captivating melodies that keep the listener engaged. They aim to share and achieve emotional freedom through the stories they tell in their songs, a trait that lovers of poetry would appreciate. Poems are determined to make their imprint on the Indie Alternative industry in the coming years. It’s exhilarating to see what fantastic project they come up with next. - Disrupt Magazine


Discography

Desdemona 
She Set The Sun 
Sundown
Tidal 

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Bio

Music artists know fully well that finding success in today’s music industry necessitates a different kind of determination, hard work, and resilience. Widely known as a highly competitive kind of business, aspiring music artists should prepare themselves for the best and the worst possible scenarios. Despite their talents, many have given up, but some are bent on pushing themselves to the limits until the relentless pursuit of their dreams transforms into an inspiring success story. The emerging band, Poems, is one of the multiple groups today that are determined to make it in the music business, and since the release of its debut single, they have shown nothing but great promise. 

The band marked the launching of Poems when its debut single, “Desdemona,” was released to the public in 2021. The song romanticizes the most challenging parts of a genuine love story while eluding the Shakespearean tragedy “Othello.” Music fans received their single quite well, much to their delight. The release of “Desdemona” started to open all sorts of doors for the band. They started to get invitations to play in key locations around Seattle. But just like any band that intends to succeed, Poems need to be closer to where all the action is. So the band decided to relocate to San Diego in California. 

Poems started as a weekend hobby for friends Philip Ernest, vocals and guitar, and Cody Dodd, bassist. They would showcase their melancholic melodies and chord progressions, leaving their audience in awe and wanting more. Fortunately for the two, sound engineer Zae Howell heard them play one time in 2019. Zae went all the way down to the basement to see who was playing. At that time, he heard the duo’s “Desedemona” for the first time, which was still a little rough on the edges. After their first meeting, the rest was history and Zae was instantly on board. After some time, the band found another member in the person of Grayson Hagopian, who plays the drum. 

Convinced that destiny brought them together for a reason, the band started to work on new songs and pursued gigs passionately. Finally, early in 2022, the band released its second single titled “She Set the Sun.” This time around, the song highlighted a nostalgic story of when a person lets go of a loved one while holding on at the same time. 

At present, the band is back in the studio, working hard to expand their craft by experimenting with sonic elements and melodies that are expected to awaken the senses. The band members are confident that they need to maintain their creative freedom to come up with the best songs in the near future. 

Poems is an all-around band that draws inspiration from the many projects that they support. Whether it is a simple gig or an elaborate music festival that they get invited into, they make it a point for people to have fun and create lasting memories. Their commitment to elevating the experiences of their listeners is something worth emulating and admiring.

- Bob Graham of LA Wire  

Band Members