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From Monument To Masses should put on an explosive show.

July 19, 2006
I've been waiting expectantly for a good three years to see From Monument to Masses play. No joke. One Sunday afternoon a long, long time ago, I was so tremendously bored that I actually threw a label's sampler CD into my stereo... you know you're desperate for any type of stimulation when you start listening to label sampler CDs. As the disc played... and played... and I seriously started to contemplate clawing out my retinas, a song came on that immediately transfixed me. I put down my scalpel and paid attention.

Playing was this instrumental wonderment that spliced the horrors of 9/11 with amazing post-math-punk guitar driven riffs and anger, lots and lots of anger. I immediately sought out the jewel case and discovered the song was called "The Sharpshooter" and the band was called From Monument to Masses. Where the hell did these guys come from? (Answer: California) The next morning I ran out (ok, walked briskly) and bought their album, and was surprised to learn that ALL their tracks were just as transfixing.

Three years later, I am still amazed that their debut, The Impossible Leap in 100 Simple Steps, wasn't universally lauded as the Album of 2003. Why don't more people know about this band? I have no idea, but if Mogwai, Explosions in the Sky, and Pelican can be huge, so should these guys.

FMTM did play CMJ shortly after the release of that first album. I was gearing up all week to go, and then the night of the show, I just didn't. Strange circumstances occured and several regrets were had. But this time, it will be different. I will be there front and center, questioning why more people aren't around me to celebrate the music this fantastic band creates.

What's great about this show at Sin-e on Saturday is there are several really great bands besides FMTM playing. Saxon Shore's The Exquisite Death of Saxon Shore made my top 10 list of best albums last year. They play inspirational instrumental, perhaps not as aggressive as FMTM, but just as compelling. Denison Witmer, well, frankly I'm not sure why he's on this bill. Think of the folkish Witmer as a placid Sufjan Stevens meets The Innocence Mission; doesn't exactly fit the energy/aggression theme of the night. But hey, at least you can put away your ear plugs when he takes the stage.

This whole show is going to be a great one. Someone get me a tourniquet, because I'm gushing.

From Monument to Masses, Saxon Shore and Denison Witmer play Sin-e, on Saturday, July 29th.


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