Memento (band)

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Memento
Also known as Nine Times Bodyweight
(2006–2007)
Origin Australia/United States
Genres Hard rock, alternative metal
Years active 2001–2007
Hiatus: 2004–2006
2016
Labels Columbia Records
Associated acts VAST
Monster in the Machine
Sunflower Dead
Digital Daggers
Space
Candlebox
Seether
Website sonymusic.com/artists/Memento/
Past members Justin Stewart Cotta
Jason "Space" Smith
Leighton "Lats" Kearns
Steve Clark
Jeff Bowders

Memento was an Australian hard rock band based out of the United States. Formed in 2001, the band disbanded in 2004 after the release of their debut album. After a two-year absence, the band re-emerged in 2006 under the name Nine Times Bodyweight, which itself disbanded after a year and without any further releases.

History[edit]

Formation[edit]

Formed in 2001, Memento was composed of Australian natives in vocalist-keyboardist Justin Stewart Cotta, guitarist Space (Jason Smith), bassist Leighton "Lats" Kearns, and American drummer Steve Clark.

The band released their debut album Beginnings on 25 February 2003. Two singles were released from the album, "Nothing Sacred" and "Savior," and a music video for "Coming" was produced as well. Both "Nothing Sacred" and "Savior" made a moderate impact on the US mainstream rock charts. Memento was also part of the 2003 Ozzfest tour as a rotating second stage act.

First break-up and re-emergence[edit]

Due to personal conflicts amongst the band members, as well as record label issues, the band was dissolved in late 2004. Cotta and Kearns re-emerged as Man vs Clock in 2005. In early 2006, Memento reformed with a new drummer, Jeff Bowders, under the new name Nine Times Bodyweight, or "9xB." The band went to work recording new material. However, the project didn't last, and disbanded in early 2007. No official statement was publicly released as to why the group dissolved.

Second break-up and solo ventures[edit]

Following the band's second break-up, Kearns toured the United States with Sunflower Dead.

Cotta went on to pursue a solo career under the names "Justin Cotta and The Tenderhooks" and "Justin Stewart Cotta". Cotta is currently signed to EMI as a solo artist. His work is currently not for sale nor available for download. Cotta splits his time between music, theatre and film. As an actor, he was featured as Eugene in the American film Boys and Girls' Guide to Getting Down, for which he and the cast won best ensemble cast at the Los Angeles Indie Film Awards. Cotta had a lead role in the world premiere of David Williamson's play Let the Sunshine, in which a live version of his original song "Innocent Girl" was featured. Some of Cotta's finest musical work[according to whom?] comes in the form of an original soundtrack for the award-winning short film One. The film is a finalist for Tropfest 2010, the world's largest short film festival.

Guitarist Jason "Space" Smith has begun his own solo project under the name mononym Space. Joining him are former Nine Times Bodyweight drummer Jeff Bowders on drums and Jack Morrice of Driveblind. Signed with Captiva Records, Space's debut album, When Clouds Align, was set for release through in early 2008, with his second release, Exit Strategies, released later the same year. Space played all instruments on When Clouds Align save for drums, which were split between T-Bone and Steve Clark, and was responsible for the production and mixing of the album.[1]

Outside of his solo project, Space has written with Kevin Martin previously on The Hiwatts' 2003 release The Possibility of Being and has teamed up again with Martin to write the song "Stand" for the forthcoming Candlebox album. Space has also worked with Seether, who released their third studio release on 23 October 2007, entitled Finding Beauty in Negative Spaces. On the album, Space co-wrote and played guitars and E-bow on "Waste."

Digital Daggers[edit]

Since 2009, Memento guitarist Jason "Space" Smith teamed up with Canadian songstress Andrea Wasse to form the contemporary duo Digital Daggers. Digital Daggers have since been featured on television shows including The Vampire Diaries, Ringer, Nikita, One Life to Live, Teen Wolf, Pretty Little Liars, Degrassi: The Next Generation, Unforgettable, and CSI: NY. Songs by Digital Daggers have also been featured in the 2011 film The Roommate and Electronic Arts' Crysis 2 video game, with the latter containing a cover of "New York City."

In late 2010 Digital Daggers had the single of the week, "No Easy Way," which gained over 150,000 downloads to promote the release of the debut digital EP Human Emotion. The title track of the EP was used by Ferrero Raffaello for a TV commercial in 2011.

11 June 2013 saw the release of their debut full-length album Close Your Eyes released by Los Angeles-based indie label El Camino Media. The song "The Devil Within" on YouTube is currently being featured in trailers for the NBC series The Blacklist, Nikita, and Pretty Little Liars. In February 2014, they released "Aquarius" from the album 'Reimaginations: Volume One', which was used in the first episode of the CW show "Starcrossed".

Digital Daggers released their 2nd and final full-length album Mixed Emotions in 2014. The band had broken up before its release and have since had songs from the album featured in the TV Series How To Get Away With Murder.

The song "Back To The Start" is featured on the upcoming Official Soundtrack album for How To Get Away With Murder released on Hollywood Records March 2016.

Space has been heavily active in the Film & TV sync world as an artist, producer and performer, especially with his band Digital Daggers. A complete list of his licenses are as follows;

Star-Crossed The CW S1E1 - Digital Daggers 'Aquarius'

How To Get Away With Murder ABC S1E12 - Digital Daggers 'Back To The Start'

How To Get Away With Murder ABC S2E15 - Digital Daggers 'Back To The Start'

Teen Wolf MTV S2E5 - Digital Daggers 'Bad Intentions'

The Vampire Diaries The CW S5E8 - Digital Daggers 'Bad Intentions'

Teen Wolf MTV S2E6 - Digital Daggers 'Fear The Fever'

The Vampire Diaries The CW S4E9 - Digital Daggers 'Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas

The Vampire Diaries Original Television Soundtrack - Digital Daggers 'Head Over Heels'

The Vampire Diaries The CW S2E7 - Digital Daggers 'Head Over Heels'

Degrassi: The Next Generation CTV S10E44 - Digital Daggers 'Head Over Heels'

Teen Wolf MTV S1E11 - Digital Daggers 'Human Emotion'

CSI:NY CBS S7E20 - Digital Daggers 'New York, New York'

Nikita The CW S1E6 - Digital Daggers 'No Easy Way'

Pretty Little Liars The CW S4E3 - DIgital Daggers 'Out Of My Head'

How To Get Away With Murder ABC S2E5 - Digital Daggers 'Purgatory'

Finding Carter MTV S2E23 - Digital Daggers 'Save Us From Ourselves'

The Vampire Diaries The CW S7E9 - Digital Daggers 'Silent Night'

The Originals The CW S2E9 - Digital Daggers 'Silver Bells'

Witches Of East End Lifetime S1E1 - Digital Daggers 'Spark'

Ringer The CW S1E17 - Digital Daggers 'State Of Seduction'

Unforgettable CBS S1E14 - Digital Daggers 'Surrender'

Ringer The CW S1E17 - Digital Daggers 'Surrender'

The Roommate (Movie) MTV - Digital Daggers 'Surrender'

Unforgettable CBS S1E18 - Digital Daggers 'Surrender - (Piano Version)'

Nikita The CW S3E21 - Digital Daggers 'The Devil Within (Piano Version)'

Pretty Little Liars The CW S4E1 - Digital Daggers 'The Devil Within'

Nikita The CW S3E22 - Digital Daggers 'The Devil Within'

The Blacklist NBC S1Promo - Digital Daggers 'The Devil Within'

Pretty Little Liars The CW S2E11 - Digital Daggers 'Where The Lonely Ones Roam'

Pretty Little Liars The CW S2E12 - Digital Daggers 'Where The Lonely Ones Roam'

Finding Carter MTV S2E24 - Above The Clouds 'Don't Come Back For Me'

As Above, So Below (Movie Trailer) - Digital Daggers 'Surrender (Piano Version)

Montecito A&E - Digital Daggers 'The Devil Within'

The Last Ship TNT S2Promo - Digital Daggers 'Dust In The Wind'

Bitten Bell Media S2Promo - Digital Daggers 'Dust In The Wind'

Aquarius NBC S1Promo - Digital Daggers 'Aquarius'

The Mysteries Of Laura NBC S1E4 - Dave Lichens & Space 'Fair Warning'

Ferrero Raffaello TV Spot (5 Years) - Digital Daggers 'Human Emotion'

Nascar 2004 EA (Video Game) - Memento 'Nothing Sacred'

Crysis 2 EA (Video Game Promo) - Digital Daggers 'New York, New York'

Melancholy Fantastic (Movie) - Digital Daggers 'Envy'

One Life To Live ABC E10775 - Digital Daggers 'Surrender'

Surviving Woodlands (Movie) - Digital Daggers 'The Devil Within'

How To Get Away With Murder Original Television Soundtrack Hollywood Records - Digital Daggers 'Back To The Start'

Members[edit]

Memento line-up[edit]

  • Justin Stewart Cotta – vocals, piano, guitar
  • Space (Jason Smith) – guitar
  • Leighton "Lats" Kearns – bass
  • Steve Clark – drums

Nine Times Bodyweight line-up[edit]

  • Justin Stewart Cotta – lead vocals, keyboard
  • Space (Jason Smith) – guitar
  • Leighton "Lats" Kearns – bass
  • Jeff Bowders – drums

Memento line-up 2016[edit]

  • Justin Stewart Cotta – vocals, piano, guitar
  • Space (Jason Smith) – guitar, vocals, piano, production

Discography[edit]

Album(s)[edit]

Album information
Beginnings
  • Released: 25 February 2003 (US)
  • Label: Columbia Records
  • Chart Positions: –
  • Album Sales: 50,000+
  • Singles: Nothing Sacred, Savior

Singles[edit]

Year Song US
Main
Album
2003 "Nothing Sacred" 28 Beginnings
"Savior" 35

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