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If Dave Matthews begat John Mayer, Mayer begat Punsapaya. But where Mayer added little to Matthews' not particularly original formula, Punsapaya are a force from which Mayer -- and mature-rock artists in general -- could take notes. Prepare To Qualify showcases an ability to cover plenty of varied ground and even make it sound clean and fresh. Whether showing their chops at funk-rock, folk-pop, lush and melodic piano-rock, or just surprisingly mature and sincere sounding ballads, Punsapaya have talent to spare. Should the group continue to deliver like they have so far, it's only a matter of time before they're drawing attention away from Mayer and the like. - Jaime de'Medici


Punsapaya
Monday, November 15, 2004

Just like their namesake, a fictitious plant that's hard to describe, so is labeling Punsapaya’s expansive sound. Their debut album, Prepare To Qualify, covers so much musical ground it could easily be called a compilation disc. Prepare To Qualify is bold on gritty jazz, funk and rock, along with a crisp fusion of hooks and beats. With every genre angle well covered, if this debut effort is missing anything, its the unbiased ear of an outside producer. Punsapaya’s foundation is muscular and ready to burst - and with some studio fine-tuning and skilled direction, they could harness that power into a strong, cohesive sophomore statement. - Shane Handler


Punsapaya has become "the buzz" as Chicago's hottest rock band, building in popularity by word of mouth of their explosive, passionate and emotionally honest live performances that has fostered an ever-growing fan base, and gained respect from notable established artists. - Daily Isthmus:: Madison Show Preview


"Punsapaya has serious crossover appeal!" - Joshua Modell


“Carries on the tradition of driving beats and gargantuan riffs.” - Meredith Deitrich


“Pünsapaya’s debut album, Prepare to Qualify, surpassed qualification when the Chicago rock band took home
the prestigious award, “Rock Album of the Year” from the Chicago Music Awards”
- Kymber Berson


"If you love rock and roll, this is the band for you!" - Wicker Park Voice :: Chicago, IL


Punsapaya
Puckett 4/16/2005

"Prepare to Qualify"
2004 Sideways Eight Records
Score: 8 (of ten)

I've had several people tell me this Chicago Quartet's sound was progressive indy rock. That term is so vague. That covers everything these days. When talking about Punsapaya, the music comes down to atmosphere. Not just edgy space rock. This record has such a deep, thick, musk about it, even the lowest levels of the bands sound are etched in such explicit detail... seriously, if there weren't vocals, this would be the ultimate band to score a movie. Happiness, uneasiness, whatever atmosphere or style you need, Punsapaya can do it, and already have a demo to show you they can. You hear that Hollywood? - Pucknation.com - Puckett


Punsapaya (poon-sah-pie-yah) is one of the most promising rock bands in Chicago. Punsapaya mixes a funky roots sound with the almost electronic feel of the Killers. It's energetic and catchy, making for intense club shows.
- Des Moines Register -- Joe Lawler


Pünsapaya :: 05.27.05 :: Durty Nellie's :: Palatine, IL

Want to see a great rock band and dance your ass off? Then go see Pünsapaya (pronounced "poon-suh-pie-yah"), a rock and roll quartet from Chicago that knows how to blend killer riffs and catchy melodies with funky dance beats and flat-out grooves. Pünsapaya's live shows are non-stop energy from instrumentation we haven't seen in a while: two guitars, drums, and bass. This isn't emo, this isn't metal, this isn't prog. This is straight-up dance rock, and it's not to be missed. - Chris Newton :: Jambase.com


Discography

Prepare To Qualify (LP) - 2004
New Life (Single) - 2005

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Bio

Punsapaya (poon-sah-pie-yah) is Chicago's premier rock band who just took home the title: Rock Album of the year for their debut effort, "Prepare To Qualify", on Sideways 8 Records. Combined with clearly classic studio work, Punsapaya's live show slumbers any doubt that they are the epitome of rock and roll. Recently Punsapaya has been featured on Chicago media’s WXRT 93.1 FM, Nine FM 92.5,92.7, 99.9, WGN morning show, ABC 7, and FOX news this year. Punsapaya has shared the stage with and supported such acts as: Tom Petty, The Black Crowes, The Wailers, Rachel Yamagata, Bernie Worrell, Victor Wooten, Fishbone, Dirty Dozen Brass Band and Jennifer Hartswick; on such stages as: The House of Blues, The Metro, Park West and The Double Door. At an average age of 25, Punsapaya's youth, experience, and grassroots buzz has led to a rapidly growing fanbase of many demographics. With their songs, stage presence, and style, Punsapaya is on the horizon of something larger than themselves

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States and Cities Punsapaya has performed or is in 2005:

IL: Chicago, Dekalb, Champaigne, Bloomington, Springfield, Palatine, Lincolnshire, Rockford, Chilicothe, Tinely Park, Berwyn, Rock Island, Evanston, Buffalo Grove
WI: Milwaukee, Madison, Eau Claire, LaCrosse, Eagle River Falls
IN: Indianapolis, Terra Haute, Bloomington, Bean Blossom
MI: Detroit, St. Josephs, Mt. Pleasant, Traverse City, Petoskey, Taylor, St. Claire Shores, Grand Junction
IA: Iowa City, Des Moines
MN: Winona, Northfield
MO: St. Louis, Salem (camp zoe)
KS: Lawerence
KY: Louisville
OH: Cleveland, Columbus, Bellafontaine, Maumee, Dayton, Cincinnati, Lakewood, Akron
PA: State College, Pensylvania, Pittsburgh,
CT: Hartford
MA: Somerville (Boston)
NJ: Teaneck