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03/15/2013

More NOM 'March For Marriage' musical weirdness; why you won't find any Google hits for UltraMontane

by Jeremy Hooper

So a member from one of the two acts scheduled to perform at the upcoming "March for Marriage" has told me his band has pulled out. Then there's the musician whose music NOM uses in its march ad—she confirmed for me that she actually supports marriage equality. That's two bits of NOM musical messiness for one day. Ready for a third?

Well, so okay—this one is more in the ballpark of weird than it is messy. Basically, the other band that NOM has announced to perform, which NOM calls UltraMontane….

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seems to have never once performed under that Catholic moniker("Ultramontane" is a Catholic religious philosophy). Up until now, the band has performed as a five member outfit called Scythian:

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And not only have they performed, but they've garnered a lot of attention under this name. Prominent media outlets like The Washington Post have given the band positive mentions, and they've cultivated something of a following in the DC area. Plus they have shows scheduled, as Scythian, both before and long after NOM's march. Why would the band want to create a new brand name now?

Some theories:

  • The fifth member, who NOM excised from the photo, wasn't comfortable with the gig and wanted a four-member, rebranded version to go out instead.

  • The band knows this event could bring negative attention and they don't want it to besmirch their brand

  • They want to use a Catholic name to reflect NOM's Catholic roots

Or maybe something else completely. Whatever it is, I'm certainly curious. And I'm on it.

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**UPDATE:

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Scythian's Facebook

Holding a differing opinion is far from the same thing as connecting your name and legacy to an event that actively seeks to deny American citizens of certain rights. Most of the comments following this post tell the band some version of that.

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