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Indie/shimmer/pop act Montauk Hotel on the soundtrack to their lives
What was the first album/single that you ever bought?
Cloud: Can’t remember but I was sharing/robbing my mam and my sister’s CDs for a long time before I bought my first one!
Shell: The first album I ever bought was the Spice Girls first album when I was seven. It’s where girl power started for me!
What is your earliest musical memory?
Cloud: Singing and dancing in the house with my sister.
Shell: Must be putting on shows with my sisters in the house to my parents!
Is there a particular song/band/singer that made you want to be a musician?
Shell: I picked up guitar after hearing Nirvana for the first time at 13. I remember really wanting to find out how to make that noise come out of a guitar!
Cloud: Not really one, music was always on in the house and I naturally started singing and playing.
What song instantly reminds you of a particular person?
Shell: ‘Two of Us’ by The Beatles reminds me of a few people. It’s one of my favourite songs about friendship.
Cloud: ‘Once Around The Block’ by Badly drawn boy.
Is there a song whose lyrics resonate with you and why so?
Cloud: ‘Masters of War’ by Bob Dylan for how relevant those lyrics still are. ‘Tonight Tonight’ by The Smashing Pumpkins for the emotions it triggers.
Shell: My favourite song lyrics are ‘Hounds of Love’ by Kate Bush because I think everyone can relate to this song at some stage in their life. Kate Bush has such a poetic way of putting what she has to say across. Also, ‘Until The End of the World’ by U2 for the imagery it conjures and the story telling throughout the lyrics.
The band/musician that you grew up listening to?
Shell: I listened to so much music growing up but Nirvana, Hole and Metallica were probably the main three when I was a teenager and they were definitely a big influence on me taking up guitar. Eventually, The Smiths, Blur and Jeff Buckley gradually started to sneak in there!
Cloud: Mainly The Cranberries and of course Jeff Buckley.
What song do you wish that you had written and why?
Cloud: Last Goodbye by Jeff Buckley. That riff, all the changes in harmony, melody, everything is unique and brings you on a real journey.
Shell: There Is A Light That Never Goes Out by The Smiths, which may be an an obvious choice for a The Smiths song! Everything about this song makes so much musical sense to me, the chords, the melodies, the lyrics and the overall emotion it gets from people.
What song transports you back in time and why?
Shell: Absolutely anything by Fleetwood Mac. ‘Rumours’ was an important album in my house growing up.
Cloud: ‘Across the lines’ by Tracy Chapman. That was one of the most spinned vinyls in my family home.
Which song makes you happy when you hear it?
Shell: ‘Heaven or Las Vegas’ by Cocteau Twins, one of the most musically uplifting songs ever written.
Cloud: ‘Sir Duke’ by Stevie Wonder and ‘Multi-love’ by Unknown Mortal Orchestra.
Which song makes you sad when you hear it?
Shell: ‘We, The Drowned’ by Lisa Hannigan is absolutely beautiful but heartbreaking at the same time.
Cloud: ‘Codex’ by Radiohead. Not exactly sad but emotional sad, good sad.
What was the first gig you went to?
Cloud: It was an Italian artist called Elisa.
Shell: The first significant gig I went to was Metallica at the RDS when I was fourteen!
What was the first song that you ever performed?
Shell: I play my first show at a gig my music school put on and we did a cover of ‘Dosed’ by Red Hot Chili Peppers. There were also about five of us playing guitar!
Cloud: A kid’s song about a chick when I was about 4 or 5.
Montauk Hotel’s next single ‘White Billboards’ will be out in early April.
and their next headline show is in Whelans on May 18th!
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