Exclusive Premiere: Strangers — "Persona Non Grata"

Today, GuitarWorld.com brings you the exclusive premiere of "Persona Non Grata," a new track by Strangers, a band from Sydney, Australia.

Their debut album, Persona Non Grata, which was recorded and produced by Tom Larkin (Shihad, The Getaway Plan, Calling All Cars), captures the band's dual-guitar attack. The band is Ben Britton (vocals), Mark Barnes (lead guitar), Benny K (guitar), Tristian Griffiths (bass) and Timmy Hansen (drums).

‘We all grew up loving the fuck out of bands and live music," Barnes says. "Whether it was Motorhead, Black Flag or any number of killer local bands, it didn’t matter. We were at the shows then and we’re still at the shows now. The only thing that’s changed is we’re now adding our particular brand of rock and roll to the legacy we love."

The video for "Persona Non Grata" will be released soon. It was produced and directed by Natalie Van Den Dungen, who directed The Persecution Blues: The Battle For The Tote, plus clips for Children Collide, Wagons and Seeker Lover Keep.

For more about Stangers, check out their Facebook page.

Strangers on Tour

  • Monday March 11th - Viper Room, Los Angeles: 8:00PM

Wednesday March 13th - Headhunters Patio: 1:00AM (Technically on the 14th but night of the 13th! SXSW don't sleep!)
Saturday March 16th - Maggie Mae's (DOWNSTAIRS CLUB ROOM STAGE) (The AUSSIE BBQ): 4:30PM

Friday March 22nd - Cherry Cola's Rock N' Rolla Cabaret: 12:00 AM
Saturday March 23rd - Horseshoe Tavern (The AUSSIE BBQ): 3:20PM
Saturday March 23rd - The Hideout: 2:00 AM

Monday March 25th - Knitting Factory, Brooklyn, NY: 9:00PM
Thursday March 28th - Bowery Electric, New York: Time: 8:00 PM

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Damian Fanelli
Editor-in-Chief, Guitar World

Damian is Editor-in-Chief of Guitar World magazine. In past lives, he was GW’s managing editor and online managing editor. He's written liner notes for major-label releases, including Stevie Ray Vaughan's 'The Complete Epic Recordings Collection' (Sony Legacy) and has interviewed everyone from Yngwie Malmsteen to Kevin Bacon (with a few memorable Eric Clapton chats thrown into the mix). Damian, a former member of Brooklyn's The Gas House Gorillas, was the sole guitarist in Mister Neutron, a trio that toured the U.S. and released three albums. He now plays in two NYC-area bands.