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Album Review

There are a lot of bands out there that rock (was there a time in this country when there wasn't?), but in the power stakes, Monty Are I still stand out in a packed scene. Weaving together emotive vocals, classic rock elements, edgy rhythms, aggressive delivery, a big sound, exhilarating dynamics, and some unexpected surprises, their debut album Wall of People is a rocker's delight. Not content to merely regurgitate the past's glories nor even emulate the modern crop of heroes, Wall of People strikes off down its own intriguing avenues. "Tie Off Your Veins," for example, features tuba and shifting time signatures that at times are so staccato that they're nearly reggae. Few rock bands sport brass (tuba and trumpet); even rarer are those who utilize it with such subtly and suppleness as Monty Are I. Sprinkled around the set, they're used to heighten atmosphere, build up dynamics, and add further exhilaration to rousing numbers. Synthesizer is more heavily featured, though, and for many more purposes, an integral part of the group's sound that allows the music to move easily across a wide range of styles and atmospheres. From the delicate faux harpsichord that elegantly plays across the effervescent "Island City" to the aggressive pummeling it delivers on the melodic hardcore of "In This Legacy," Andrew Borstein's synth fuels as much of Monty Are I's sound as Steve Aiello's equally versatile guitar. Twining together threads of classic rock, new wave, modern melodic punk, hardcore, emo, even electronica and hip-hop, Wall of People breaks down the barriers of today's parceled up and packaged for the specific-market rock world. Long ago, rock was just rock, no need to slice and dice it down, perhaps Monty Are I will help glue today's slivered scene back together, and this album is a giant step in that direction.

Customer Reviews

This Is How We Live! This Is What We Breathe! Watch Out People...

I saw these guys back to back nights here in Florida when they opened up for Jack's Mannequin and fell in love with them. Monty Are I has awesome sound to them that's kind of different. They have a trumpet, trombone, and keyboard in their music, keep it totally non ska, and boy do they know how to rock out. Plus, they're super cool guys. Songs such as their single "Between The Sheets" will get stuck in your head for days. Other highlights are "Castle Bound", "Anchor and Hope", "Dublin Waltz", "In This Legacy", and my personal favorites "O Brother" and "In This Legacy". They have a variety of songs that range from sex, going off to war, and even falling in love with the princess of Zelda. Buy this CD now and if they ever come to a town near you, go check them out because they have crazy energy and put on a hell of a show. They're really amazing. I love you guys...

Rocking for years

Monty Are I have been rocking for years and their efforts have finally come to receive recognition in "Wall of People," their first full length album. I have been following them since their early days when they were called Monty's Fan Club, and they have never ceased to amaze me with their musical talent. This album is even more epic and face-melting than I expected. This is a must have for all the action rockers out there.

Unique, Finished, and Astounding

One thing a person soon comes to realize, after buying a few too many albums, because they all seemed "Pretty good" is, music is expensive. At ten dollars an album (or usually such, anyway), it eventually catches up to you, that, after everything you've done, you simply can't afford to buy every cookie cutter band that is good. Sometimes, you can't even afford those that are very good. With that, I've come to realize I have to look for something different. Monty Are I does just that. Seemingly coming out of nowhere, acting in cooperation with Dropping Daylight, Monty takes a very satisfying twist on rock, altern rock, and, even metal. The tone of the album starts with more of the Altern Rock genre peering through, then shifts to a little rock, with quite an indie tone in the middle with "Just in Time," which, frankly, provides very well placed relief to the previous songs, which build up emotional tension. Then, the band, with Only the Weak, which is very much reminiscent of bands like Dragonforce, only without the rambling about magic and fantasy. All in all, I highly recommend this album as a whole. The tone is something I've never heard before, and with their variety of instruments ( keyboard, trumpet and trombone, as well as significant synthesized tones and beats, and, of course, the usual guitars/drums/etc), I doubt you have much in your library to match this (and, if you do, please tell me what it is, so I can get in on it, too). I hope to see them in concert soon, and see how they stage. If you don't want to dl the whole album, I recommend downloading Dublin Waltz, In This Legacy and Only the Weak to see what they sound like at different levels.


Formed: Providence, RI

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s

Adding some brass instrumentation to post-hardcore, Providence, Rhode Island quintet Monty Are I (previously named "Monty's Fan Club" and "Monty") are Steve Aiello (vocals, guitar), Mike Matarese (bass), Andrew Borstein (keyboard, trombone), and identical twins Justin Muir (drums) and Ryan Muir (vocals, guitar, trumpet). In addition to playing dates on three Vans Warped Tours, the band has been on the road with My Chemical Romance, Story of the Year, Yellowcard, and Taking Back Sunday. Following...
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