Philmont was an American pop-punk influenced Christian rock band based out of Charlotte, North Carolina. They were signed to Forefront Records/EMI CMG until spring 2010. Their debut album, Attention, was released on August 25, 2009. They released two independent EPs before breaking up in August 2012.
Philmont was formed by Scott Taube, Josiah Prince, Abe Hege, and Matthew Arcaini in Summer of 2005. They recorded their independent debut EP Take Cover in December of that year. One year later, Philmont traveled to Eudora, Kansas to record their Photosynthetic EP at Black Lodge Studios with Ed Rose.
Philmont released Photosynthetic independently on March 6, 2007 at Tremont Music Hall in Charlotte. That July, after adding Justin Sams on bass, the band performed at the 2007 Cornerstone Festival in Bushnell, Illinois, where they were discovered by representatives of EMI-CMG. Philmont showcased for the label group that fall, and were soon offered a recording contract with Forefront Records. Hege unexpectedly left the band just before the signing was to take place. Todd Davis had played in a band with Josiah prior to Philmont, and was recruited on short notice. Philmont signed the deal a few days before Christmas 2007.
After signing with Forefront, the band spent several months writing songs in preparation for recording their first full-length album. They spent April and May 2008 recording twelve songs in Nashville, Tennessee with producer Rob Hawkins. The five-song Oh Snap EP was digitally released on August 19, 2008, and physically released on April 21, 2009.
Philmont released their debut full-length Attention on August 25, 2009. Philmont has toured internationally in support of Attention with many bands including Family Force 5, Fireflight, Pillar, This Beautiful Republic, Eleventyseven, Addison Road, Wavorly, and Capital Lights. Philmont added Josh Guion as a touring bassist in late 2009, moving Justin to rhythm guitar and Scott to vocals only.
On August 11, 2010 the band put out a new single, "You Will Remain", on iTunes independently, after their departure from Forefront Records. Philmont started an online fundraiser through Kickstarter in September to help finish The Transition EP, as mixing and mastering still needed completion and the band lacked funding. People who donated through the website received various Philmont rewards based on how much they donated. The Transition EP was released on October 19.
Philmont released an acoustic EP, Rearranged And Unplugged, on February 8, 2012. Philmont's last concert was August 31, 2012, at Lifelight Festival in Worthing, South Dakota.
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Closer| Posted August 16, 2011
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