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SF Says Goodbye to One of its Greatest Instrumental Rock Bands

On Saturday, August 28th Judgement Day will accompany the legendary Bay Area instrumental rock trio From Monument to Masses for their final show at Great American Music Hall along with Silian Rail. The night is sure to be bittersweet.

Over the course of their 10-year career From Monument to Masses released four epic, politically charged albums on Dik Mak Records, leaving a heavy footprint in the world of post-rock. Their long, slowly-shifting song structures and intricate guitar loops made them a perfect match for intelligent instrumental bands like Explosions in the Sky and Mogwai, but their drum beats also contained elements of hip-hop and drum-and-bass that could get even the most intellectual hipsters to shake their asses on the dance floor.

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Although they were instrumental, From Monument to Masses gave themselves a powerful voice by incorporating audio samples of speeches and lectures into their songs. As a political band in the Bush era, they spoke out strongly against the war in Iraq and for human rights. Their name represents the idea that change in history comes as a result of the actions of the masses, and not the action of the individuals for whom monuments are built.

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From Monument to Masses has had an undeniable influence on many great musicians, including many of my friends. Eric Khun of Silian Rail has always been a big fan, saying “they had the intensity that I know and love from rock and punk rock, but with a lot of intricacy and subtlety  to it.”  For me, going to see these guys at Bottom of the Hill back in the days when Judgement Day was still just playing on the street, they were band that made it cool to be an instrumental band.

We are extremely honored to be joining From Monument to Masses for their final performance. If you are a fan and a supporter of instrumental rock, this show is a must-see.

Published in: Editorialon August 12th, 2010 | No Comments »

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