National Monument

National Monument


The band make the most of their guitars, creating wildly innovative and constantly developing riffs that refuse to remain locked into any sort of standard, recognizable progression. Think swervedriver- meets-the stooges-meets-blonde red head-meets-Television-meets- The Band


Management contact:

Jim Demos

National Monument

National Monument hails from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada and was formed in November 2002 from the ashes of some great but now defunct Winnipeg bands: Spiral Spectacular, Room 237, Locust Bean Gum - and one existing band Ham.
National Monument spent a good part of their first year writing songs and coming up with visual ideas for their performances. The rest of the next year was spent putting those creative ideas in motion at local pubs, theaters, a few out of town gigs, and anywhere they could show off their talents. Eventually, crowds started to form at their shows and people wanted to take the music home with them.

In 2004 National Monument released their self-titled EP on Saskatoon imprint Teargas Recording Tree. Recorded at Ponchos Are Not For Them Studios in Winnipeg, the album is a shoe-gazing rock and roll takeover. Swirling, fuzzed out guitars and psychedelic pop melodies collide with buzz-saw bass and soulful rhythms. Singles include “Slippery Slope” - a very sweet but distorted pop ditty - and “Oscillator” - an earth shaking rock offering to the gods and a definite critic and crowd pleaser. The EP went on to received national airplay on college radio as well as charting in the country of Spain. Three tours of western Canada followed in support of the EP.

After conquering the west and playing well attended hometown performances, the band went back into the studio in the spring of 2005 to record a full length entitled ”Are We The Only Ones Left To Be Afraid Of?” Recorded at Bedside Studios with producer Len Milne, and released once again on the Teargas Recording Tree, the band explored the more epic side of their writing style. The album tends to wage war against everything that it stands for. At the same time that it cradles it's idols it also smashes them to bits. Highlights include “Geography The Orator” - a haunting mixture of gypsy-esque guitar, retro synth and cinematic melodies - and "Oxford Highway Companion" - a melodic, fusion rock number about their experiences of life. Psychedelic, artish punk rock, pop, dreamy, prog, electronics all have been stated and smacked up-side the head. My Bloody Valentine-meets-Blonde Red Head-meets-the Stooges. After the release, a lengthy tour of the nation followed, creating a lasting buzz through out the country. The album continues to climb the college radio charts across Canada.

The band has toured all over their native country bringing their high energy rock show to every port. The enthusiasm the band shows on stage has landed them notable shows with highly touted indie acts such as the Frog Eyes, the Miniatures, Montreal's the Besnard Lakes and the Horrorpops. Though the individual players have different musical styles and tastes they form together, building a fluid conversation across genres and method. Comparisons to the band have been wide ranging- from Jesus and Mary Chain, Television, My Bloody Valentine, Blonde Red Head, The Stooges, early Pink Floyd, Wilco, Polvo and Sonic Youth. The bands live shows have been met with glowing reviews, and praised as an astounding missing link in the already fertile Winnipeg music scene.


National Monument EP - 2004
Are We the Only Ones to be Afraid Of? - 2006

Set List

Original songs include:

Calibration for the masses
Race is Run
Geography The Orator
Gold And Chains
Vegas Nerve
Past The Point

Covers Include:

Arnold Lane - Pink Floyd(Syd Barrett)
Come Together - Spiritulized
Search and Destroy - Stooges

45 Minute set