Long Island pop-rock outfit PRSNA — pronounced “persona” — certainly personify what it means to constantly be fighting. They’ve gone through a little bit of everything in their brief career thus far. Since 2011, PRSNA has released 2 EP’s, 10 singles (accompanied by music videos), and have shared the stage with acts like Third Eye Blind and Twenty One Pilots.
But with that, has come some speed bumps, if you will. They went on a brief hiatus and came back in 2017, with a fresh lineup and a better understanding of who they are and what they wanted to be with their sound. “We were putting our hearts & souls into this and our personal lives were taking a toll and falling apart”, explains vocalist Tom Spartinos.
“Taking a step back from this part of my life for a little hurt, but I needed that period to fight my demons & heal the wounds in my personal life” adds guitarist Costas Themistocleous.
So when things get back to rolling within PRSNA, they face a lawsuit filed against them by an artist going under same, original name of “Persona,” and this made the shift to PRSNA. Like I said, the band hit their share of speed bumps — but have still managed to come out the other side, emerging from the shadows with a fiery vengeance.
With that, Substream is excited to be teaming up with PRSNA — consisting of Spartinas on vocals/guitar, Themistocleous on lead guitar, Sam Trestman on bass vocals, and CJ Kostaras on drums — to debut their new single, “Cut Throat.” It’s an incredibly enticing, catchy pop-rock single that is the perfect example of a band that has gone through it all, and chooses to use their infectious guitars and songwriting to cope. The result is good for the rest of us, as you can hear the single for yourself below.
“Our music scene is held hostage by a group of people pulling the strings that serve their own personal agendas. Promoters pass on bands who are buzzing for a band they are friends with. The scene stagnates because the audience is tired of seeing a bill with the same 6 bands playing the same recycled songs. We are told not to say anything. We are told to keep quiet and hope it gets better,” PRSNA tells Substream. “‘Cut Throat’ is the voice for anyone who feels this way. ‘Cut Throat’ is an attack on these issues that plague our scene. ‘Cut Throat’ is the notion to anybody going through something like this. Speak your mind, fight back, come together, face everything and rise.“
PRSNA is now firing on all cylinders, with the release of “Cut Throat,” and another single to follow-up, an acoustic EP, and DVD documentary before heading into The Barber Shop Studios in January 2020 to record their long-awaited 3rd EP with Gary Cioni.