It has taken me a long time to write this, because it hurts me very much to do so.
Truly, this feels like the first real MENTEUR album, but in actuality, it is probably the last.
MENTEUR was supposed to be more than a band, we were an unstoppable force. We wanted to be art in essence, raw and in your face. We wanted to prove that art is everything and everywhere if only you allow yourself to be able and open to it. Music is just noise, noise makes music, so music is everywhere. If music can be anything than anyone, anywhere can be in a band. A band can be more than musicians, because performance art groups can perform just as well in galleries as they can in venues or even on the street corner. And so that's what we did. We took up trash cans and beer kegs and noisemakers and took the to streets. We gave amplified instruments and loud clanking objects to children and just waited to see what happened. We stood in a room full of strangers and forced them to make music with each other just to see how it felt. We made raucous noise and called it music and rolled on the ground and called it dancing and smeared pant on paper and called it art and it was BEAUTIFUL.
I don't really know what happened. I guess I haven't been doing well recently. Samantha left the project, and left me as well. We loved each other very much, and I still do, but we weren't right for each other, and it hurt. I'm currently at home to be closer to my family while I try to get better. Sam, if you see this, please know that I will always love you. I miss you still. I would always love to hear from you. I truly hope you are happy.
I miss my friends. I miss my family. I miss my music. I miss myself. If you are reading this, I love you very much. Truly, I love you and I have a special place in my heart for you, because you are keeping me going right now. I will try to be better. Thank you for the continual support. Thank you for everything. Maybe I'll be back again, someday.
released June 21, 2016
"Mobilize" by Menteur
recorded at The Cave, Nice Price Books, The Carrack, The Shed, Creeks Edge, Hill Hall, The Pinhook, The Local 506, and more.
mixed and mastered in binaural sound
we will always love you
this is the end
aaron bond chris
morgan emsenn sennhauser
dedicated to everyone that made this experiment the incredible journey that it was, and to everyone that keeps it alive all the time.
special thanks to iwtcs from dublin, mic finger, ben machlin, slit of infondo from the uk, asenchi, peter tanuwidjaja from singapore, jaroslav horvat, audrey wheeler, jon 'sunshine' angel, dusty, john, boylan, alex, fred, devon, jason citty, hot kevin, francis, sara, drew, connor, nathan, johnny wong, eva, alyssa, chase dubois, sere jazz, sean fitzpatrick, moses nose, liquid tongue, world surfer 54, theothermaninblack, mikewhitepresents, alyson, jessica brown, marc sears, daniel ridgeway, wynton, marc connor, nathan price, grayson currin, saman, kristin hill, shannon kelly, amanda lewis, carrboro music store, open eye cafe, blind tiger, missy, kristine, alex thompson, jake waits, peter vance, happy abandon, omar mccallop, john custer, the 'best of bandcamp' blog, headfi binaural forums, reddit, all the binaural junkies, adam hochberg, wesley graham, fred godsmark, rj ellis, bart, brian, josh, george godsmark, mike santos, eric dimarzio, rushi, kati, ian, will, matthew bond, joe crawford, grishma, val, samantha, charlie smith, corey bax, ernest thompson, daniel perry, steven mooneyhan, sarah schmader, paul, andy, xander, rob, alexandracsws, rasmus doramus, kevin church, james stewart, brandon mayfield, carl becker, giuli, tj, kagan, scott, sam, parco, amy jackson, sheena, leah, lauren, jeff hymes, mary koenig, nick johnson, nate wagner, emily pate, zach corsa, denny corsa, chris pendergrass, zach gossett, cam cook, matt phillips, danny abrams, ellis dyson, matt hall, adam maloney, ford gerard, mary lawless, allison turi, james carpenter, mike jones, duper, peter, kyle moye, butch, mark robinson, ed rankus, jesse, francesca, richard cante, andrew green, andrew jones, kerri kearse, rachel garner, jordan imbrey, jocelyn jia, jenina, jenn chau, ava tao, mark perry, carlos ocampo, alonso velarda, caitlin wall, daniela ocampo, zane, andrew, nate spain, christian adams, alli engel, hannah, lane, rachel erickson, dina shehata, amira, everyone involved in the menteur music group, john debra and ali fourqurean, robbie, virginia, tessa, marisa, emily, blaire, kaykay, johnny, weezy, granny, grandma, popo, aunt jean, uncle steve, matt antonicello, michael morton, david whitney, summer whitaker, reid wellington, reid drake, joao, fillip, vincent, kyle, mr washington, bernsten bears, trip hill, josh thomas, alex foxworth, morgan benshoff, morgan duhan, bmoney, birkett, ms mooney, kimbrough, ms mclurkin, joan baer, and tic tac, and many many many many many more.