Monday, 19 March 2018

Single: Montauk Hotel - Hands

Montauk Hotel Hands
Photo: Stephen White (TLMT)

Info: Following the success of their debut E.P. and single ‘Sense of Place’ last year, Montauk Hotel’s latest release 'Hands' showcases their ability to fuse strong melodies with glistening guitars to create their own brand of 80's
influenced glimmer of indie pop. Montauk Hotel are made up of Claudia Verdecchia (vocals), Shell Dooley (guitars), Aoife Hester (bass) and Karima Dillon-El Toukhy (drums).

The band have garnered a reputation as one of the city’s most exciting live acts, with shows including The Last Mixed Tape’s Lost Series, Bello Bar, The Sound House, The Bowery, Vantastival and Sunflower Festival, as well as headline shows at Whelans, Sin E, The Harbour Bar and The Workman’s Club.

It barely lasts a second and a half, but the solitary guitar riff at the very beginning of Montauk Hotel's latest single 'Hands' is a glittering silver arrow that soars into the air, this is them and their sound in the ultimate microcosm. From there the harmonies, steady punchy percussion and bass encircle the lead vocal like an unrelenting swarm of jangle-pop starlings. It's certainly the most uptempo and bouncy release from the Dublin quartet to date, and to my ears at least, the production on the recording has gone up a level too. There's a consistency to the band's releases thus far, if you wanted to introduce someone to their unique sound for the first time you could take your pick of their existing material, and 'Hands', and be confident of the same outcome (which in case it isn't obvious would be a good one!).

Montauk Hotel have the following live dates coming up;

March 28th – Whelan’s, Dublin
April 5th – The Menagerie, Belfast
April 27th – The Underground, Dublin

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