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(1993 – 1995, 2008 – present)

Portraits of Past was a post-hardcore band from the San Francisco Bay Area. They were active from 1993 to 1995, touring the US in the Summer of 1995. The genre of music that they helped create is often described as “screamo”, though that term was not used at the time the band was active.

The band in its heydey consisted of:
Matthew Bajda - drums
Jeremy Bringetto - bass guitar
Jonah Buffa - guitar
Rob Pettersen - vocals
Rex Shelverton - guitar

Dan Fenton - bass guitar
Aaron Schlieve - drums

The band released two demo cassettes, a split 7 inch with bleed, A Self-Titled LP, and appeared on two compilation LPs.

Former members of the band later formed Nexus Six, Seventeen Queen, The Audience, Funeral Diner, Vue, … Who Calls So Loud, Torches To Rome, Bellavista and Tamaryn.

Portraits of Past reformed in 2008 to play a limited number of shows, with the same line-up as in 1995.
A new EP titled “Cypress Dust Witch” was released in November 2009.

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