For many, a Minutes Too Far farewell concert has come far too soon. The beloved Bethany-based rockers will say goodbye with a final show Friday at The Conservatory, 8911 N. Western.
Lead vocalist Danny Black and drummer Kris Monier founded the group in 2000 and were joined along the way by guitarist Blake Fischer and bassist Jeff Krebsbach, who joined just a year ago.
After hitting the local circuit, the four-piece quickly began booking sold-out shows; sold thousands of copies of its latest full-length, "Let It Roll"; and toured the country. In 2006, the act signed with new label Band Recordings, and while the deal seemed promising, Fischer said, many of the contractual agreements didn't pan out. He said the group eventually found a way out of its contract and started talking about what to do next.
"We were in a groove," Black said. "Once you're around here so long, things are expected from you, (from) your sound, and we got lost in that a little too much."
But the four members say they don't harbor any regrets or resentments, and looking back on their years playing together, have advice to offer new bands hoping for success.
Monier said the Minutes members will remain great friends and continue on with their side project, a Weezer cover band called Tweezer.
"Danny and I were like, 'Wouldn't it be fun to do a band with all Weezer covers?' Now we can pretty much play a two-hour set," Monier said. "It's literally just that. Just for fun."
Minutes Too Far, however, will leave behind a rich past of "vehicular problems," an imaginary Web designer named Gus and, most importantly, dedicated fans, Monier said.
"I'm really lucky to have lived the life that I have so far," he said. "I've been to every state in the country except Montana, Vermont and Maine, all in a van with my best friends. I couldn't have asked for a better first 10 years of adult life."
Somerset West will open for the 7:30 p.m. show. Tickets are $7 in advance, $10 door. For more information, call 866-966-1777. "Lacey Lett