Montana 1948 is an indie rock/alternative outfit straight out of the San Francisco Bay Area. Started in the summer of 2008 by guitarist Dan Prull, bassist Raza Malik, percussionist Charles Maynard, and vocalist Ryan Lafferty (after Lafferty was recruited through Craigslist), the ambitious group began writing material largely influenced by Mute Math, Kings of Leon, Circa Survive, Radiohead, and Dredg.
MT48 released their first full length album in July of 2010. The album put Montana 1948 on the CMJ charts, reaching 300+ college radio stations across the country. Most recently, they released an EP of remixes done by Thomas Radman, which received a lot of buzz, and tons of downloads from fans.
Since forming via Craigslist in 2008, the band has been moving forward, writing new material, playing local and national shows, and traveling in and out of the studio, keeping them all quite busy. With a piercing sound, thoughtful lyrics and catchy melodies, the band is able to cross over different genres of rock, attracting fans from the indie and mainstream scenes. We have the ability and the sound to attain mass appeal, seen by the likes of Foo Fighters and Kings of Leon, yet would still have the capability to maintain our fan base that has been there with us from the beginning.
Currently, we are writing some new material and hope to get into the studio soon to start our second full length album.
Ryan Lafferty- Lead Vocals/Rhythm Guitar
Dan Prull- Lead Guitar
Raza Malik- Bass/Back-up Vocals/Synth
Charlie Maynard- Drums
Picket Fence (LP Released July 6th, 2010)
-I Said No In Thunder
-Don't Be Too Late
-How to Swim
-Age Swept Past Me
-One Last Drink
Thomas Radman Remixes
-January Jones (Radman Remix)
-Final Straw (Radman Remix)
Tiny Drawings- EP (released January 31st, 2009)
-Lie Through Your Teeth
-The Other Side of Me
-A Cold Wind
-Gas and a Pack of Smokes
07 How To Swim
01 Final Straw
05 Never Home
04 January Jones
10 One Last Drink
03 Don't Be Too Late
12 Nineteen Years
Montana 1948 on Praise for Wallflower
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Montana 1948 is a rock band out of Saratoga, Calif. that remind me of all the best parts of one of m...Montana 1948 is a rock band out of Saratoga, Calif. that remind me of all the best parts of one of my favorite groups, The Graduate. The band is ambitious and already has a tour in line starting on Sept. 25 in Orange County, as is evidenced by their opening for Dredg and RX Bandits this November. Montana 1948 will appeal to fans of The Graduate, Circa Survive and Mute Math.
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Giving Francesca the eye is Montana 1948, an indie rock band from the San Francisco Bay Area. I coul...Giving Francesca the eye is Montana 1948, an indie rock band from the San Francisco Bay Area. I could see Ryan Lafferty’s pop/rock voice blending with Francesca’s on a tune or two. But he does a fantastic job on his own, fronting for Montana 1948. He’s backed by Dan Prull on lead guitar, Raza Malik on bass and synthesizer, and Charlie Maynard on drums. Raza adds his voice as backup to make some incredibly soaring vocals. The songs are strong and the musical support of the band is top notch. They have an EP out. Tiny Drawings was released at in late January, and they are awaiting the release of their first full-length CD, Picket Fence, at the end of this year. Grab a copy. It’s guaranteed to be one that will get a lot of media attention.
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Ater a 2 hour drive down the peninsula and a quick-change in a Chevron bathroom, I found the tiny ve...Ater a 2 hour drive down the peninsula and a quick-change in a Chevron bathroom, I found the tiny venue buried behind Los Gatos High School called, what else, The Venue. Speckled with skinny jeans, red lipstick, and underage smokers, i decided right away i liked this place. I could already hear Ryan's sometimes raspy and always passionate voice (Brandon Boyd-esque) as i got my wristband and headed in..
January 16th marked Montana, 1948's first show.. Originally Vega, they filled the vocal spot with Ryan and created a brand new sound, a lot like Incubus (Morning View mixed with S.C.I.E.N.C.E. era), yet i'm searching for another resemblance too -- can't quite pin it down. They are finishing up recording their EP right now, and hope to have that available any day now. As they are still in the works with recording and writing songs, they played a short set of about 5 songs and sounded really solid. I especially liked the emotion of "Lie Through Your Teeth" and the energy of "The Other Side of Me." Plus, I was impressed with the drummer, Charlie, who never stopped smiling.. Oh yea, and Ryan created a new cure-all drink after he woke up not feeling 100%: jack and coke with a hint of coffee.
Montana, 1948 is: Ryan Lafferty (Vocals/rhythm guitar), Dan Prull (Lead Guitar), Raza Malik (Bass) and Charlie Maynard (drums).
These guys really have talent. Stay tuned for a few recordings this week or next.. It's nice to hear a band with such great talent across all levels. They seem like they've been playing together for a long time.
Oh! and if you want to hear them now and you live in the Santa Clara area (their stomping grounds), tune in to SCU's radio station 103.3 around 2:00pm on Wednesday for a listen..
Montana 1948 on Inanna Naked
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Band of the week: Montana 1948
Montana 1948 in Under the Radar
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Montana 1948's song "Final Straw" was chosen to be the first track on Under the Radar's Best of the ...Montana 1948's song "Final Straw" was chosen to be the first track on Under the Radar's Best of the Decade Sampler with artists like Death Cab for Cutie, of Montreal, Devendra Banhart and more.
We tend to vary the order of tracks for our performances, but they usually contain the following (in no specific order):
1) Other Side of Me
2) Don't Be Too Late
3) Final Straw
5) How To Swim
7) January Jones
9) Never Home
10) One Last Drink
All songs are original tracks written by Montana 1948, some of which can be found on our EP which is currently available on iTunes, Amazon Rhapsody, and in shrinkwrap.
There are no upcoming dates at this time.