Monty Are I

Monty Are I Biography

Rhode Island band brings their ‘action rock’ to the world after three Vans Warped tours, and winning spots at Ernie Ball Battle Of the Bands competition, and other polls

(April 27, 2006 – New York, NY) With three Vans Warped Tour stints under their belt, a strategic nationwide victory (over 6,000 bands) at the Ernie Ball Battle Of the Bands, and a self-financed indie EP (The Red Shift) that won 4½ stars on – Providence, Rhode Island ‘action rock’ band Monty is now the first act to be released on Stolen Transmission on August 1st. Monty recently completed work on their debut album with producer Matt Squire (known for his recent success with Panic! At The Disco and Receiving End of Sirens), recording at his Baltimore studio. Along with 5 new tracks, the album will include 6 tracks (remixed by Squire) from The Red Shift.

Described by their hometown Providence Phoenix as “blazing, meticulously crafted, melodic punk with great songs, burning harmonies, and stunning arrangements,” Monty has pursued an aggressive grassroots touring over the past five years that has yielded an avalanche of positive results. Their music has won radio programmers across the country, from their home turf in Providence (New England's largest alternative radio station 95.5 WBRU is a staunch supporter, with Monty winning the 2003 Rock Hunt Finalist live performance competition, judged by record industry professionals) all the way to Seattle (where Monty was the most requested band on KGRG).

In 2003, Monty won the competition (Best Band and Best Song Composition). They were selected by a staff of industry professionals (Warped Tour Production Company) as winners of the Ernie Ball MusicMan Battle of the Bands 7, and went on to play 22 dates on the 2004 Vans Warped Tour, and 30 dates on the 2005 Vans Warped Tour. Back home, they are two-time winners of the Providence Phoenix Best Music Poll as “Break Through Act” of 2004, and “No Longer Local” band of 2005. They were a finalist in’s Best Unsigned Band in America contest.

In February 2005, Monty was tapped by Alternative Press as "Unsigned Band of the Month" in the "Bands to Watch Out For" section. They were the overall winner (from more than 10,000 submissions) in Takeover Records’ “Sign My Band Contest,” as determined by online votes. Their independently booked tours over the past three years have found them on the road with My Chemical Romance, Story of the Year, Yellowcard, Less Than Jake, Taking Back Sunday, Black Eyed Peas, RX Bandits, and countless other bands.

Monty – comprised of Steve Aiello (vocals, lead guitar), Mike Matarese (bass), Andrew Borstein (keyboards, synthesizer, trombone, sequencing), and identical twins Justin (drums) and Ryan Muir (vocals, trumpet, guitar) – have been friends since high school in Cranston, Rhode Island, when the first incarnations of the band were assembled. Similar to Lynyrd Skynyrd and others, the band’s name is homage to their high school music teacher. After entering the Ernie Ball Battle of the Bands competition in ’02, they were still in college when they released their self-titled montysfanclub 4-song EP in early ’03 and played the local Warped Tour date in Boston that year. The EP sold about 4000 copies without any label or distribution, and set the scene for the release of The Red Shift in June 2005 which has independently sold 6,000+ copies. To date, Monty has generated 80,000+ downloads on

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