Get into MONTE’s face-melting rock goodness! The female-fronted power trio seamlessly blends rock & roll, punk and pop into a signature sound that is simultaneously unique & relatable. They’re a sassy, pissed-off punch in the face and a quintessential, feel-good rock riff-machine. Inspired by classic punk and metal, MONTE’s fierce lyrics and shredding guitar riffs are cleverly balanced by melodic harmonies and catchy hooks that get stuck in your head and leave you itching for more.
MONTE is fronted by multi-instrumentalist Caitlin Montclare. A musical force to be reckoned with, Montclare is a Jane-of-all-trades: guitarist, singer, songwriter, arranger & bassist. She stuns audiences with her fierce live performances, delivering sets that explode with insane, spot-on melodic guitar solos, which she plays effortlessly on her red Gibson SG.
On July 20, 2018, MONTE released their debut single, “BITCH,” via AWAL’s music distribution network and were met with acclaim from fans and press alike. A sonic explosion of femme badass-ery, the single is a mine field of crushing guitar riffs and a rebellion anthem for outspoken, strong women everywhere. Impose Magazine wrote: “In need of an adrenaline boost? Newly minted rockers MONTE have just that special sort of sauce for your aural excitement.”
MONTE also released an awesome animated music video for “BITCH” on August 24, featuring artwork by Australian illustrator Luna Tunes. “BITCH” came in advance of the band’s debut EP Bad Sick Love, out today, September 7th, 2018. The single and EP were recorded and produced at Wonderpark Studios in Brooklyn, NY, and feature Montclare on guitar, vocals and bass, and Chris Krasnow on drums.
The band will be celebrating Bad Sick Love with a special EP release show at Elsewhere in Brooklyn on October 3rd, and they’ll be touring through fall in support of the EP. Follow MONTE on Instagram for show updates and catch them headlining Women That Rock’s ‘BABES IN BURLINGTON’ concert in Burlington, VT October 12th with popular local bands Clever Girls and Father Figuer.
“BITCH” Music Video: youtu.be/h9si1y9RLzU
Need a dose of grungey surf rock? Meet Planet What, badass trio out of Tulsa, Oklahoma fronted by grrrl heathens Kylie Slabby and Jeanette DeRubeis, who Melted Magazine called “the punk rock matriarchs of the 21st century.”
With 3 hefty tours under their belt, Planet What has made a name for themselves in their home city and beyond, gaining a cross-country following as they’ve shared the stage with such notable acts as Ty Segall, Bleached, Wand and BOYTOY.
Planet What released their debut EP Agnus Yarn in January, 2018 and followed up with a trippy, magical, grungey music video for the song “POURAGE.” They are now gearing up to release their second studio EP Maggie Fingers September 16th 2018. In anticipation of the EP, they’ve dropped the first single, “Lemon Lime Looker.” The song was premiered via Melted Magazine and Melted’s Emma Butler remarked, “With distinctive bass lines, distortion, and Bikini Kill-like vocals, Planet What has perfected the art of not giving a fuck.” The single “is a fuzzed out punk rock song that is matured with dreamy vocals… made for the riot grrrls around the world.”
In addition to being riot grrrls in the music world, they’re also staking their places as riot grrrls in the literary world; Kylie and Jeanette are the editors of a new magazine called TOXIC TOWN Magazine, “a publication FOR: the underdogs, the oddballs, and the undiscovered. AGAINST: entitlement, jaded attitudes, and glorified abuse in the music scene.” They’re celebrating with a special launch party for the 1st issue on September 15th at a DIY space called Colorfeed A/V in Tulsa. Check out the mag on Instagram at @toxictownzine.
The band will embark on a January 2019 West Coast/Mexico tour, but in the meantime, they’re about to kick off a month-long East Coast/Canada tour journey. Kicking off September 20th, they’ll be making stops in cities including Chicago, Cleveland, Toronto, Montreal, New York City, Philly, Memphis and DC. And even more exciting, Planet What is partnering with Women That Rock during their New York tour stop on a special showcase event called ‘GALAXY GRRRLS’ September 28th. ‘GALAXY GRRRLS’ will take over El Cortez’s Safari Room in Bushwick, Brooklyn and bring to life a special showcase of 5 womxn-focused bands. The evening will feature Planet What, Lola Pistola, Groupie, QWAM and Viet Rahm, plus a womxn makers night market and live tarot readings, for a night of music & magic! For more details about the event, visit:
Olya Viglione, vocalist & frontwoman of Scarlet Sails, took a huge leap of faith when she left Moscow for NYC at 21 with just a backpack and a dream of making music. Finding a home for herself on the Lower East Side, she dove into the city’s music scene, working as a keyboardist and found herself sharing the stage with Jesse Malin, Urge Overkill and Blondie’s Clem Burke. After one show at a rock club on the Bowery, Olya met drummer Brian Viglione (Dresden Dolls, Violent Femmes, Nine Inch Nails); the two had instant chemistry, and they quickly began working together to bring to life the songs that Olya had been writing.
Before long, the two formed Scarlet Sails. Centered around Olya’s sultry, power-house vocals, Scarlet Sails craft an elaborate, dramatic blend of rock & pop. With catchy melodies, passionate and reflective lyrics, and an undeniable swagger evident in both their recordings and their glamorous stage performances, Scarlet Sails has garnered comparisons to David Bowie, Nico, Radiohead and Oasis.
In April 2017, Scarlet Sails released their debut ‘Future from the Past’ and were received by critical acclaim. Consequence of Sound premiered the album and Impose Magazine sang praise of the band’s “pure rock n’ roll vibes.” The band supported the release with an impressive three national tours and in an amazing full-circle moment, played a New Year’s Eve show in Olya’s home city of Moscow. In January 2018, Scarlet Sails dove back into the studio with producer Ben Rice (Norah Jones, The Candles, Elliot & the Ghost) to work on a series of singles that the band would release this year.
Go spin their newest single “Upside Down,” which drops today and is accompanied by a music video premier, catch them next month hitting the stage at East Village venue Coney Island Baby October 12th.
The band’s very first UK tour kicks off at the start of November, and shortly after they return, Scarlet Sails will be featured on the bill of Women That Rock’s special rock n’ roll showcase at Knitting Factory Brooklyn November 29th alongside Astra the 22s, Natalie Claro and more!
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