Montauk Hotel have garnered a reputation as one of Dublin's most exciting live acts, with shows including The Last Mixed Tape’s Lost Series, Bello Bar, The Sound House, Retro Revival Indie Club, and The Bowery, Vantastival and Sunflower Festival, as well as headline shows at Whelan’s, Sin E, The Harbour Bar and The Workman’s Club. The band were selected as RTE’s Irish Band Set to Rise for 2017.
Their debut single ‘Black Dress’ was released in late January to critical acclaim. Montauk Hotel launched their EP last March with a sold-out show in Whelan’s. Their launch gig for ‘Sense Of Place’ took place in Whelan’s in August. The buzz is spreading about this band and with this song it is easy to see why.
Shell Dooley’s guitar playing is heavily influenced by her compatriot The Edge, with chiming arpeggios throughout. The rhythm section of Aoife Hester (bass) and Karima Dillon-El Toukhy (drums) lays down a sweet groove while the voice of Claudia Verdecchia soars over the whole shebang. As well as the U2 influence, Talking Heads are audible in the song structure and in Verdecchia’s melodies. You can hear local heroes, Little x’s For Eyes and Tieranniesaur too. Check out the below to see for yourself.