Montrose are a four piece Melodic UK Pop Punk band from just outside of Bristol. Their second studio release ‘Monster Under The Bed’ is set for a release soon and AltCorner got the low-down on what we can expect.
“We want to make sure we don’t get lost in the crowd,” says Jason Bishop, vocalist of Bath based quartet Montrose, of the musical gearshift taken on new E.P, Monster Under The Bed; “Our sound on the new release has definitely evolved; we’ve beefed it up and made it a bit more gritty.”
“We started to build a fan base with our original pop-punk sound and we haven’t lost that completely, but we’ve just tried to and add an edge to our songs,” continues the frontman: “We don’t want to just be another pop punk band; as much as we all love the genre and it’s current resurgence, we wanted to make ourselves stand out.”
Though Monster Under The Bed is still bristling with the kind of infectious vocal hooks most commonly brewed in the pop punk gene cauldron, it’s also laden with bursts of staccato, punchy guitar that wouldn’t be lost amongst the early output of the likes of Four Year Strong, Funeral For A Friend or Thrice, where riffs and memorable melody collided with kinetic synergy.
“This release feels like we’ve finally found ‘our’ sound,” opines Bishop; “On the last EP we played it safe and didn’t push it too far, but this time we tried pushing our own musical boundaries. It’s pretty important to us to be feeling like this is our true sound, and we’re already looking forward to pushing it even more in the future. I think the fact that we don’t stick to the constraints of one genre will set us apart”