Montpelier

Montpelier

 Brisbane, Queensland, AUS
BandAlternativePop

Melodic, timeless, poetic indie-pop. Think Death Cab For Cutie, Crowded House, Elbow, This Shins.

Biography

Montpelier are an indie-pop four piece from Brisbane, Australia, that makes melodic, timeless and poetic pop-rock. If you think Death Cab For Cutie, The Shins, Crowded House and Elbow, you'll be getting pretty close.

Their first EP was recorded in Los Angeles with renowned producer, Kevin Augunas (Cold War Kids, The Black Keys, Edward Sharp & The Magnetic Zeros), and was toured in 2010 around Australia to sold out shows and rave reviews.

Montpelier has since caught the attention of international indie-rockers Frightened Rabbit (UK) and Biffy Clyro (UK), and the band was invited to join both bands on their Australian tours. Closer to home Montpelier has shared stages with The Boat People, Sparkadia, Oh Mercy, Gossling, Husky, Oh Ye Denver Birds, Emma Louise, Daniel Lee Kendall and many others.

Their latest project is with Sydney producer, Tim Powles (The Church) and has been in the making for over a year. Their debut mini-album is set for release in September 2011.

Last Boat, the ‘hauntingly beautiful’ (thedwarf.com.au) first release from this project, was picked up by Triple J Music Director and tastemaker, Richard Kingsmill, on his New Music 2011 show. The stop-motion paper animation clip that accompanies the song was featured on leading music blog whothehell.net and is now one of the most commented posts of all time.

Last Boat has also garnered international attention, reaching #15 on the Swedish Alternative music charts, featured on the CMJ mix-tape in the USA, and has been played across US college radio and tastemaker blogs since its release.

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“Hauntingly Beautiful…” – thedwarf.com.au

“Strong songwriters to keep an eye on” – whothehell.net

“A deliciously classic brew of indie piano-pop… the strength of Montpelier lies in melody – the ability to create memorable, chart-worthy tunes.” – The Brag

“I’m scribbling their name down as the next ‘must see’ local act.” – Rave Magazine, Single of the Week.

“A masterclass in indie-pop songwriting” – Timeoff Magazine

“They write intelligent and emotional music and they don't make apologies… Montpelier are a great band and I can't wait for the rest of the country to work that out too.” – Nick O’Byrne, AIR Charts.

“You know when your face hurts at the end of a gig from smiling so much, and you find yourself still smiling in the morning?” – diaphonousbird.blogspot.com

“A tight and polished pop-rock outfit seemingly from another time and place. This was no polyester-shirt, horn-rimmed glasses, shoe-gazing affair, but unadulterated melodic soaring, backed by some superb uplifting harmonising.” – fasterlouder.com.au

“I like Montpelier. I don’t know whether it’s their beautiful music or that they’re a bunch of good-looking, well-dressed young blokes. Either way, the fondness exists.” – musicfeeds.com.au

Lyrics

Last Boat

Written By: Montpelier

One thousand seven hundred million miles away
At night he had a dream that he got swept away

He took the last boat out to see you
The last boat out to see you
He took the last boat out to see you
And we never saw him again

He gathered up his things and walked to the door
He doesn’t have as much now as he did before
The clothes upon his back and the knives in his mind
At twenty-three years old he feels far from fine

He took the last boat out to see you
The last boat out to see you
He took the last boat out to see you
And we never saw him again

I’m not gonna read the news today
No I’m not gonna let it run my day
And I’ll take what’s yours and I’ll throw it away
No I’m not gonna let it run my day

One thousand seven hundred million miles away
At night he had a dream and he was swept away
The clothes upon his back now the thoughts in his mind
He doesn’t really care for what he’s left behind

He took the last boat out to see you
The last boat out to see you
He took the last boat out to see you
And we never saw him again

Discography

Last Boat Single - November 2010

Montpelier EP - March 2010

Take A Picture Single - December 2009

The Rafters/ Fireworks Single - October 2009

Set List

Suburbia
Danny
Our Hopes Aren't Lost
Take a Picture
The Irish Stairway
Harder Times
Last Boat
Start a War
Lonely People
The Rafters
Fireworks
Uncomfortable

45min-1hr