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Aridne is currently in post-production on their full-length debut Perpetual Retrospective Perspective, slated for release in late 2006. PRP features 13 tracks spanning a broad range of styles and moods: from the midtempo groove of Arms, to the jazzy interlude August, to the surreal and expansive orchestration of Henrietta's Lullaby.


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Aridne is a new band of old friends. Andy MacDonald, Paul Desman, and brothers Adam and Matt Robusto have been playing together in various combinations for years. In their previous incarnation as Stone, a five-piece jam band based in Pittsburgh PA, they shared the stage with among others The Big Wu, The Disco Biscuits, and The Slip, and played locally and regionally for several years.

When it became clear that all the members of Stone weren't equally committed to the band's future, Paul and the Robusto brothers holed up in their home studio to rework old songs and write new material. The result is their incipient debut album, Perpetual Retrospective Perspective, due out in late 2006 on their own Shrine Records label, which has also produced albums for singer-songwriters Sonnet and Nadina, and the Michigan-based Separate By Miles.

The album is a carefully produced and orchestrated artifact. The three friends each contributed bass lines and horn and string arrangements, resulting in a peculiar sense of unity and cohesion on even the most expansive tracks.

In late 2005, Aridne decided to start testing the waters of the live Pitsburgh scene, and recruited long-time friend Andrew MacDonald to play bass in the new quartet. Since that time Aridne has been spreading their sound in anticipation of their album release at such venues as Club Cafe and the Rex Theatre. They quickly landed a monthly gig at the upscale Mill Site Tavern in Pittsburgh's South Side, although they are maintaining a light show schedule to concentrate on finishing their debut CD.

A typical Aridne live show is high-energy, and features equal parts technical composition and improvisation. Their sound ranges from banjo-driven bluegrass tunes to jammed-out funk to unusual covers such as Nine Inch Nails' Closer.

The four members of Aridne each bring something distinctly different to the band- influences from classic rock to avant-garde electronica each subtly underpin their music, resulting in a precise, distinctive sound.

Their website,, is currently under construction and will be available to the public by the end of july.