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Symetrix, formed in late 1989 by local music veterans Matt Hartnett (guitar) and Eason Pritchard (bass), blasted onto the Kansas City music scene with unparalleled force. Influenced by a wide variety of musical genres, the band, consisting of Hartnett (g), Pritchard (b), Jerry Bayton (d) and Lead vocalist Jon price (v), instantly stood out in the local music scene and staked their claim with layered, intelligent songwriting and talented musicianship. Able to draw upon lavish keyboard arrangements, ambient guitars, a pounding rhythm section, and the vocal chops of Price, Symetrix was a band that simply could do what they wanted. A fierce live act, Symetrix opened its run in late March of 1990 and quickly rose to the top of Kansas City’s growing alternative scene. Symetrix essentially owned the renowned Shadow Club in the pulsing Westport musical scene in the early 1990’s. In addition to packing houses wherever they played, Symetrix regularly opened for national acts such as A Flock of Seagulls, The Rembrandts, Sonia Dada and co-headlined a gig with 311. In short, there was not a more capable, talented or multi-faceted band in Kansas City.
For four solid years, Symetrix packed venues with their progressive and heavy sound and their “anything goes” live shows. The band fractured in 1994, but not before firmly (and fiercely) establishing its legacy in the story of Kansas City music.