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Erstwhile Monuments frontman gives more detailed side of story

Matt Rose Monuments Qemists

Monuments were in the news earlier this week as part of a band-member-departure trifecta (along with The Contortionist and Baroness), with vocalist Matt Rose being the seceding member.

Details were scarce, with a statement from the band themselves only confirming earlier rumours, and stating that new material was being worked on.

The statement received this morning from Matt himself perhaps sheds a little more perspective on the incident:

[quote-symbol symbol1]I actually left Monuments before the Born of Osiris tour started but decided to carry on for the best of the tour. I was growing increasingly frustrated at the work ethic of the band and at how little music everyone wrote. On our return from the tour we mutually agreed that it was best for everyone including me that we parted ways. I’m not sad at all about this ending and I certainly will not miss the band and all its dramas. My only disappointment comes from the bad blood that seems to have arisen since my departure, which is completely undeserved as I worked very hard whilst I was in the band.

“The core of man’s spirit comes from new experiences” and I’m already very excited about starting other new musical projects and I’m very much looking forward to hitting the road and playing live with the Qemists who will be supporting Hadouken on their UK tour in April and will be playing festivals in Europe this summer.

My thanks and appreciation goes out to anyone who came to a show, bought a t-shirt or an album, or bought me a whiskey whilst I was in the band. I’d also like to thank my label Century Media and Avocado Booking and John Sprich at Euroblast for all their hard work.

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Peace x

Matt Rose

It’s a shame when drama is involved, and it would appear that this split has a little of that in the tank. Nevertheless, both parties will carry on their respective journeys, and as our editorial on Monday mused, it’s rarely the end of the world.

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