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Established on Jan, 2014
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"Local Corner: Monterey"

The Jersey-based band does not specialize in one particular style of music. Monterey has a five-member roster comprised of Michael O’Reilly, Carter Henry, Chris Beninato, Matt Debenedetti, and Zack Heller. Henry, one of the Monterey’s vocalists and Beninato, the group’s bassist are University students who hope to attract a diverse fan base.
Drawing from different musical influences, Monterey has recently released its first full-length album, “Cycles” this past September, free of charge. Henry commented on the thought-process behind the group’s decision: “It’s not a bad thing if people hear our music, that’s pretty much what we want. We might as well make it accessible to everyone, especially college kids.”
“Cycles” is a 13-track album with songs fitting for fans of multiple genres. The album’s opener, “Lifeboat” has a reggae-feel and is followed by a mellow rock-and-roll song, “Honey Pill.” This track is somewhat reminiscent of current rock band, Young The Giant.
One of "Cycle's" highlights is “Out To Dry,” a pop song that appears about album. Track seven, “Keepin’ On,” is a bluesy number that begins with a robust harmonica melody complemented by an acoustic guitar rhythm. The lyrics hit close to home for University students as Henry croons, “driving down Route 18 like a slave to the street/get these shackles off of my feet.”
Monterey doesn’t stop with its musical dexterity mid-way through the album – the second half showcases additional musical approaches. “[The album] has a style, each song sounds like we’re the same band but we play a bunch of different styles,” Debenedetti commented. Tracks such as “Nomad,” the album’s darkest alt-rock track, - continue to display Monterey’s ability to experiment with multiple musical styles.
With such a diverse array of songs, Monterey has, predictably, achieved notoriety in the area. They have played live shows in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware and of course, New Jersey. With each live show the group’s following grows. “Every show we play there’s always a couple of people in the crowd who tend to start listening,” Beninato speculated. This past Saturday, Monterey played at The Stone Pony. But don’t worry, there’s still plenty of opportunities to catch these guys live. They have another show in Asbury Park at The Saint at the end of October and are always booking shows. For now check out “Cycles” online – for free!
Go to the band's website at to listen. - The Daily Targum


LP "Cycles" and EP "Monterey" are available for stream or download at

Airplay on:
Rutgers Radio
90.5 The Core
Monmouth Radio
Brave New Radio
Danny Coleman's Rock on Radio



After a warm local reception from previous releases, Monterey took to the road touring
through North Carolina, Washington DC, Delaware, Philadelphia, New York, as well as
home state New Jersey. Along with success on college radio, Monterey shared the stage
with national acts at the first Jersey Shore Music Festival.

Following up a positive response along the east coast, the Rock & Roll four-piece developed
their songwriting chops for their next release. At the direction of producer John Albino (Kiss,
The Pretenders, Wings) they sought to capture the energy of a live show. The four song EP
showcases driving in-your-face rock on Come Back Down, alongside the appetizing
melodic complexity of Brainfreeze. These songs have already seen success as fans sing
along at each show. Musically, this revamped sound is in the vein of The Gaslight Anthem
and Kings of Leon.

The King’s Head EP demonstrates Monterey’s fusion of punk and classic rock in a live
setting, as well as their rapid growth as songwriters.


“California sunset rock.” – Asbury Park Press

“With such a diverse array of songs, Monterey has predictably achieved notoriety in the area.” – The Daily Targum

“What they are today took years of practice, belief in themselves as singers and musicians, and a strong desire to continue to build their dream.” – Community Magazine

Band Members