Guess the Fighting's Over: Brent Knopf Has Left Menomena

Alicia J. Rose
Even after the success of last year's Mines, Brent Knopf announced today that he's jumping the Menomena train. An official statement was posted on Menomena's website today, reading:

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 statement doesn't give much away, but rumors swirled last year of trouble with the band--the three members recorded their individual parts on Mines separately, and when SW's Sara Brickner asked Danny Seim about the rumors of arguments, Seim admitted,

There was so much conflict and so much conflict of interest and so much personal conflict and so much bad communication. And it just magically worked itself out.
Guess it didn't magically work out forever.

Menomena already has several high-profile tour appearances scheduled for 2011, such as SXSW and Coachella. Paul Acott will replace Knopf for the time being.

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