Farewell to From Monument to Masses
April 9, 2010
Written by Nicole L. Browner
With much sadness and nostalgia we share the news that beloved local band From Monument to Masses are calling it quits, as announced in lengthy statement made by guitarist/co-founder Matthew Solberg on Golden Antenna Records‘ website:
“…There is too much to say here about our experience. Weâ€™ll be blogging about it later, Iâ€™m sure. Suffice it to say, that Iâ€™m incredibly grateful for my time spent with FMTM and I wouldnâ€™t trade it for anything. From the responses we heard in talking to people about our music, Iâ€™m convinced that the music worked; it did itâ€™s job. It reached people on a different level than most musicâ€¦ and thatâ€™s exactly why I committed myself to the band in the first place…I loved every minute of it â€“ even the minutes that I hated. FMTM was a very frustrating band, mired in frustrating business relationships, frustrating personal relationships, and frustrating contradictions between what we wanted to be and what we were; where we wanted to go and where we were headed. Given these obstacles, FMTM fell prey to a sort of “band entropy” wherein everything that we tried to control slipped even further out of our control. Eventually, the net losses outweighed the net gains and no one was happy. Thatâ€™s when you know your band needs to break up, regardless of whether it breaks your heart or not…”
From Monument to Masses released four albums, and were equally appreciated for their commitment to DIY as much as their melodious, technical and politically passionate post-rock. According to Solberg, the band will play a final three-day tour in Japan, with hometown (NYC/SF) farewell shows possibly to follow.
The Bay Bridged can proudly say we covered FMTM throughout their reign as one of SF’s best bands. We invited them into the studio for Podcast #156 around the release of On Little Known Frequencies (Dim Mak) came out last year, and covered their show at Noise Pop 2009. Farewell, guys.