From The Vault: Roadside Monument

L to R: Jon Ford, Doug Lorig, Matt Johnson

In most any conversation about the Cornerstone Festival involving a seasoned festival veteran, the name Roadside Monument will almost always be mentioned when the conversation rolls around to “memorable performances,” probably because there were more than a few that stand out, including the band’s 1998 performance (video below), which was shortly before breakup number one. Don’t get me wrong on this point though, Roadside Monument was not just a Cornerstone band. In its various forms the band logged hundreds of tour dates across the country with other T&N bands like Frodus and Training For Utopia as well as serious heavy weights like The Promise Ring and Don Cab, and I’ve heard more than a few people refer to the band’s shows with phrases like “changed my life” and “one of my favorite shows ever”.

It’s rare to find a band that pulls that kind of weight in the indie rock scene that was so short lived. The band signed in 1994 (only a few months after forming), and disbanded for the first time shortly after Cornerstone ’98, only to reform in 2002 for about a year, until normal life couldn’t sustain touring and playing full time. In just those five or so years the band released two split EPs and a 7-inch, as well as three full lengths, including the acclaimed second full length “Eight Hours Away From Being A Man.”

After finally call it quits for good sometime in 2003, all the members of Roadside went on to various bands and projects, the list of which is a whose who in Seattle indie rock. Jonathan Ford (bass guitar and vocals) helped form T&N band Warlord, filled in on bass with Pedro The Lion, started post-rock outfit Unwed Sailor, and played bass for a time with Decahedron. Matt Johnson (drums) went on to play drums with The Out_Circuit, Raft of Dead Monkeys and Suffering & The Hideous Thieves as well as lending his magic drum sticks to countless recordings and shows for countless bands. Matt is also (according to our knowledge) the most seasoned T&N player, being a member of more T&N bands than any other musician in label history. Doug Lorig (guitar and vocals) went on to form the incredible Seattle grunge revivalists Patrol, as well as Black Eagle and played, for a time, in Raft of Dead Monkeys alongside Johnson.

– Jordan Butcher

“Sperm Ridden Burden” from Roadside Monument’s “Eight Hours Away From Being A Man”

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One Response to “From The Vault: Roadside Monument”

  1. sir jorge Says:
    November 25th, 2009 at 1:17 PM

    those guys were great live, and i wish they’d come back for a reunion

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