Wrong Kata Trio
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Wrong Kata Trio

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"Stage Presence: Wrong Kata Trio"

Wrong Kata Trio, a three-piece ensemble from Lawrence, should serve as a reminder that music doesn’t have to adhere to trends. Sometimes it’s just music: impossible to categorize, but oh so good.

Some might characterize Wrong Kata as a “jam band” because they don’t have a singer, but the term is vague and doesn’t account for the variety of sounds and genres they explore. The members cite everything from Led Zeppelin to Roots Radics, and a variety of European jazz artists as influences, which, to a degree, account for their complex sound.

Despite the difficulty in pinning them with a genre, one facet of Wrong Kata Trio’s music is clear and consistent throughout their songs: these guys can groove. “Anthony has always been my favorite groove bass player to play with. He’s so deep in the pocket,” says drummer Brandon Graves. Graves assembled the band more than a year ago after realizing the possibility of getting Anthony Case, UJ Pesonen (guitarist) and himself together to create music. “I knew in my head what it might sound like, so I wanted to get all of us in a room together,” he says.

Regardless of their undeniable musical prowess, the band isn’t interested in relentlessly touring to achieve national recognition. “It’s not really about making it anymore. It’s about being creative and being able to make music we care about for people in the area,” Graves says. They’re opening for Mouth on Friday, Feb. 3, at The Bottleneck.

On Nov. 11, they headlined at Jazzhaus. Local Lawrence musician Jake Liston from The Windup Birds was in attendance and when asked what he thought about the band, he didn’t elaborate. “Those guys are fucking awesome,” he says. - UDK


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The Wrong Kata Trio is comprised of seasoned veteran musicians that have been friends for almost 20 years and playing their instruments for even longer. As they combine Jazz, Funk, Post-Rock and Drum n' Bass, the band focuses on bringing an honest show full of musical expression and on stage interaction. The individual members of the band have all had success with other bands. Anthony(bass) has played with The Trumpdawgs, Waterdeep, and Christafari. Brandon(drums) was a founding member of Waterdeep in 1994 and has been a full time drummer ever since. Recently he was also the drummer for the Khrusty Brothers and Sara Swenson. UJ(guitar) has also toured with Waterdeep and Justin Hulsey. For these three guys, this band is a gift. It is an opportunity to make their favorite kind of music, with their favorite players, for people that love music.