Creta Bourzia

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Pittsburgh math rockers Creta Bourzia followed most obviously in the footsteps of local heroes Don Caballero, but added vocals and a stronger metal influence to their forebears' explosive, dissonant prog-punk.…
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Pittsburgh math rockers Creta Bourzia followed most obviously in the footsteps of local heroes Don Caballero, but added vocals and a stronger metal influence to their forebears' explosive, dissonant prog-punk. Thus, they earned additional comparisons to bands ranging from Black Flag and Drive Like Jehu to Helmet and Kyuss. Creta Bourzia's roots lay in the early-'90s Pittsburgh band Liquid Brick, which dissolved and watched its members move on to other groups. Eventually, three core musicians -- vocalist/guitarist Jason Jouver, guitarist Jeff Ellsworth, and drummer Dennis Kern -- reunited under the Creta Bourzia banner, and brought in bassist Simon Clark for their first album, the locally released Memories of Earth. Clark later departed, and the band added producer/engineer Andy Wright on bass and extra percussion, as well as auxiliary keyboardist Justin Rathell. Both contributed heavily to the band's second album, 1002, released in 2001. In 2003, Don Caballero drummer/leader Damon Che assembled an entirely new lineup of his former band, using three of Creta Bourzia's members as his supporting cast.