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Montero on tour with Mac DeMarco this week, shares video for “Tokin’ The Night Away” via Clash and announces album Performer out in February via Chapter Music

November 9, 2017

Maria Damkalidi

 

Montero
Reveals video for “Tokin’ The Night Away”
 https://youtu.be/jvjTu4kpoGI
Announces new album Performer, due out on 2 February via Chapter Music
On tour with Mac DeMarco now
Plus his own headline show at The Shacklewell Arms on 15 November
Nov 10 – DE    COLOGNE – Kantine – Mac DeMarco support
Nov 11 – FR    LILLE – Aeronef – Mac DeMarco support
Nov 13 – FR    NANTES – Stereolux – Mac DeMarco support
Nov 15 – UK    *LONDON* – The Shacklewell Arms – headline show
Nov 17 – UK    LONDON – Coronet – Mac DeMarco support
Nov 18 – UK    LONDON – Coronet – Mac DeMarco support
Nov 19 – UK    LONDON – Coronet – Mac DeMarco support
Nov 20 – UK    NOTTINGHAM – Rock City Main Hall – Mac DeMarco support
Nov 21 – UK    LIVERPOOL – O2 Academy – Mac DeMarco support
Nov 22 – IRE    DUBLIN – Vicar Street – Mac DeMarco support
Nov 24 – UK    GLASGOW – Barrowland – Mac DeMarco support
Nov 25 – UK    MANCHESTER – Academy – Mac DeMarco support
Nov 26 – UK    BRISTOL – O2 Academy – Mac DeMarco support
Nov 27 – UK    BRIGHTON – Dome – Mac DeMarco support

Nov 28 – BE    BRUSSELS – AB – Mac DeMarco support
Nov 29 – NL    UTRECHT – Tivoli – Mac DeMarco support
Nov 30 – NL    AMSTERDAM – Paradiso – Mac DeMarco support
Acclaimed illustrator and musician Ben Montero begins his UK support tour with Mac DeMarco tonight in Hamburg, before heading over for a series of dates in UK/Ireland, including a headline show at The Shacklewell Arms in London next Wednesday, 15 November. He will be playing songs from his forthcoming album Performer, due out on Chapter Music on 2 February. He shared the new animated video for “Tokin’ The Night Away” (directed by Ben Montero and Logan Feser) via Clash, who wrote; “With an imagination sitting slightly askew from the norm, Montero’s world view flits between acerbic outsider the nonsensical, gleefully playing with expectations.”
The single “Tokin’ The Night Away” is due out this Friday 10 November. You can pre-order the song here:
Chapter webstore: https://chaptermusic.com/store/montero/tokin-the-night-away/
Bandcamp: https://chaptermusic.bandcamp.com/track/tokin-the-night-away
Digital stores/streaming: http://radi.al/TokinTheNightAway
Montero is Australian artist and musician Ben Montero, who is based variously in Athens, Melbourne, New York, Austin and anywhere else he can lay his hat. As well as being somewhat of an idiosyncratic character and musical mastermind, he is also a visual artist. Ben’s comic-based style highlights the universality of small human moments via a cast of furry (or sometimes slimy) friends. He draws a column for Vice and his art has graced album covers, t-shirts and posters for Mac DeMarcoAriel PinkKurt VilePond and others.
The album Performer was produced by Ben, Jay Watson of Tame Impala/Pond/Gum, and Grammy Award winning engineer Riccardo Damian at Mark Ronson’s Tileyard studios in London. All instruments were played by Ben, Jay and Riccardo, save some violin by Emily, a waitress from the studio cafe, and electric piano from Ben’s uncle Jason.

Performer glories in the widescreen soft rock tradition, updating the romantic classicism of golden era love songs with a psychedelic pop brush. Montero’s music evokes the extended soundscapes and textures of 70s prog, the easy listening adult weirdness of Jimmy Webb and Burt Bacharach, and the sports arena pounding of vintage MOR rock – sometimes all in the space of one song. With an emphasis on clear vocals, soaring melodies, lush instrumentation and dreamy glam pomp, Performer ventures into gently surreal realms of romance, yearning, and wonder.

You can watch the epic video for first single “Vibrations” here.

Mac DeMarco has invited Montero as main support on his forthcoming extensive European tour in November. Londoners will be able to catch a sneak-peak for an exclusive headline show at The Shacklewell Arms on 15 November.

Montero
Performer
Chapter Music
2 February 2018
1. Montero Airlines
2. Aloha
3. Caught Up In My Own World
4. Running Race
5. Performer
6. Quantify
7. Vibrations
8. Tokin’ The Night Away
9. Destiny
10. Pilot
Montero Online:
http://www.bjennymontero.com/

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