Persona Grata
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Persona Grata

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"Local math-rock trio Persona Grata releases Frienemies CD this weekend"

By: Aaron Jentzen

Fans of the type of math rock proffered by Pittsburgh's Don Cab and Creta Bourzia should take note of newer blood exploring and expanding similar musical veins. That would be Persona Grata, a local trio consisting of Joe Kasler and Ben Hartranft (both trading off on guitar, bass and vocals) and Jeff "Pink" Shoemaker (drums and electronics). The band started in late 2006, when the three members laid to rest their previous instrumental band, Evergreen Movement.

Now, Persona Grata is releasing a CD entitled Frienemies on Sat., July 26, with a 9 p.m. show at Belvedere's, in Lawrenceville. Also on the bill are Red Team Blue Team and DJ Dickie Qwick.

Though the CD consists of only seven songs, clocking in at 26 minutes, the band displays a wide range of sounds as well as the genre-appropriate musical chops. In fact, if you compare the album's opening and closing tracks -- the guitar-heavy, punky "Nobot" and the trippy synth and electronics blowout "Electron Magnitude" -- it's hard to believe the same band made both.

In between, you'll find the collage of dance grooves that makes up "New Product," the Fugazi-esque dissonant noodling of "Building Up to Nothing," and my two favorites, the instrumentals "Exhibit A" and "Exhibit C." The two instrumentals seem to highlight the band's two poles: The driving, jagged guitars and odd-time grooves on "Exhibit A" show quite a contrast to the perky plinking on "Exhibit C," which wouldn't be out of place as a music bed for an evening news segment, or an episode of The Outer Limits. - Pittsburgh City Paper





Persona Grata was formed in November 2006 in Pittsburgh PA, from the three remaining members of the instrumental math rock outfit Evergreen Movement.

These fine gentleman use a mathy, progressive musical style mixed with edgy, aggressive vocals and subtle samples. By utilizing the band’s ability to switch instruments, they create more diversity in the writing process and uniqueness from song to song. This dynamic is used in the studio as well as during live performances.