Emo, as we’ve come to know it, gets fairly bad press. But Monument is one of a handful of bands across the country that is reimagining the sound by resurrecting something akin to the ’90s version of it. At gigs on the local house-show circuit, Monument can draw 50 or more kids, but sometimes just a handful. That may change soon: The band’s album, Goes Canoeing, has begun earning adulation on a host of punk-focused websites, blogs, and message boards.
I’ve been trying to write about this band for a solid year, and now that they’ve released their debut, I’ve finally done it.