Can't say I didn't see this one coming
. This afternoon Menomena announced on its website that multi-instrumentalist Brent Knopf
—founding member, skilled keyboard player, and the creator of the Deeler looping system used to create all the band's music—is leaving the band to focus on other projects
, including Ramona Falls. I hesitate to call Ramona Falls a solo project, because 2009's Intuit
featured over 30 other local musicians, but it was the first work Knopf created without the help of Menomena's other founding members, Danny Seim and Justin Harris. I've got a line out to the band for an update, but for now Menomena will carry on with Paul Alcott (Dat'r, Dykeritz, and also, in a weird twist, the former touring drummer for Ramona Falls) filling in. Still, it's not the same band, as a good third of the band's songs were penned by Knopf and featured his soft vocals and amazing multi-tasking skills onstage. Bummer. Here's the brief post from Menomena's official website:
After 10 years of fruitful collaboration, Brent Knopf has decided to part ways with Menomena to focus on Ramona Falls and other creative pursuits. We want to thank Brent for his vast contributions over the years and wish him nothing but happiness in all of his future endeavors. All three of us look forward to seeing you soon!
The March US Tour will feature Paul Acott rounding out the quartet.
: Brent Knopf just tweeted this from his Ramona Falls account: