Montero is a smooth sailing slow-wave group from Melbourne who like to rock, softly. Described as lounging somewhere between Ariel Pink and 10CC, Montero walks a soft-rock/romantic-prog path that few dare follow. With high-pitched male harmonies and new-age synths, they construct vibrational treatises for the cosmic and sensitive 21st century man.
Led by the ladies' sweater wearing, maraca wielding comic/video artist Ben Montero, formerly of psych-pop outfit Treetops and the TM Band, the group came together when California's Sonny and the Sunsets asked him to play a show in early 2011 as a thank you for working on their animated film clip. Having no band to speak of, Ben assembled a band. Everyone in the band has played in a bunch of other acts, but that's Melbourne for you-it's virtually impossible to avod a supergroup when everyone plays in so many different bands.
They put out a seven-inch on Mistletone, a sick label known to promote the best Australian bands (Beaches, HTRK) and international acts (Ariel Pink, Panda Bear, Beach House). The record unveiled Montero's self-described “man-core anthems for tomorrow,” and their gift for instantly memorable melodies. From post-nervous breakdown ballads and tender affirmations of masculine existence, to tracks that parachute into prog via some pre-yoga crystal-gazing, Montero takes an imaginative approach to classic love songs for audiences tired of the bullshit screamo. While happily liking whatever the punks hate, Montero is more about personal inclination than any polarised musical protest. Ben Montero simply happens to find “schmaltzy music very psychedelic.”
Ben Monter, Geoffrey O'Connor, Guy Blackman