Memoria: The Means to an End

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Since 2013, the York County-based Memoria has been a force to reckon with in the metal and hardcore music scene.

With an arsenal of songs that touch on so many different aspects of metal, I could sit here and compare them to a dozen bands you already may have heard of. That is not to say they mimic other bands, however, they draw from various influences.

There are beautiful harmonies, hair-raising screams, soothing clean guitar sounds and, heavy low-end bass. One moment the double bass is increasing your heart rate, and the next your dropped into a beautiful progression of melodic chaos.

But, all of that is about to come to an end.

This Saturday, Nov. 11, Memoria will hit the Chameleon Club stage for one final performance. I caught up with Memoria vocalist Johnathyn Youmans to talk to him about his journey with Memoria and, what this final show means to him:

MJ: During the years, what has been your favorite moment with Memoria?

JY: For when we got to play with Atreyu. There was a crowd of about 3,000 people. It was absolutely mind-blowing to play on that level after busting our asses year after year. Finally, to have something that rewarding happen to us, playing with a band that we looked up to and have listened to since we were kids!

Why the decision to hang it up?

Life sometimes just kicks your ass. There are so many things we’ve accomplished and hurdles we’ve overcome to keep the band going and together, but there are too many uncontrollable things that get in the way and life is just moving on. We’ve put time, effort, money, and everything we can into this band. It’s hard to have a job, go on tour, come back and get a new job. If you want to have a personal life, a band is not the way to do it.

Tell me about what people can expect at the final show this weekend

Well, the cool thing about a farewell show is we are in control of what bands we booked. We have some great friends that are amazing musicians coming out to support us and, we are not even the best band on the bill. There are going to be a lot of emotions though, and hopefully a lot of beer!

It is sad to see a band like Memoria come to an end. I have no doubt we will see these guys, whether together or individually, still active in the music community in the future.

Music takes a lot of you but, it rewards you tenfold.

Head out to the Lizard Lounge at the Chameleon Club this Saturday, Nov. 11 to see Memoria one last time as they take the stage with Promise Breaker, RatgodThe University of South Vietnam School of Warfare, and Numerics.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and tickets are just $10 from Ticketfly.

You can check out more of Memoria for yourself on their BandCamp page.

Micah Jacobs
Author: Micah Jacobs

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