DECEMBER 02, 2020
KRISTIAN MONTGOMERY AND THE WINTERKILL BAND forge familiarity with innovation all-the-while painting a sorrowful masterpiece of sound.
Persistance and determination are key to getting anywhere. When we started this magazine we had no idea it would grow as it has, or continue to receive such a flood of submissions. With the volume we receive it’s hard to catch ever single submission and give it some time to look at immediately, so we’ve adopted a policy of “opening the fridge and seeing what looks most delicious right now.” One of the emails we cracked open had a link to a really cool album that shouted many influences back at us, but it wasn’t until writing this article did I realize how much this artist made sure we’d notice them. We’ve got to dig through the submissions to find the interview questions and photos, and I noticed several emails asking us to talk. Well I am very glad we did, because the sound from this band is wonderful. I’m speaking, of course, about Kristian Montgomery and the Winterkill Band.

Kristian Montgomery and the winterkill band bring together so many wonderful sounds into a fantastic package that I am at a loss of words of where to being. While not an official interview response, in our email correspondence Kristian Montgomery summed up what I’m feeling. “Our sound is stuck somewhere in between country, rock and pop and thus have had interesting times finding a home on the radio and blogs. The rock blogs say we are too country and country blogs say we are too rock. So we just keep plugging along.” I don’t know what blogs you’ve been chatting with, but did they even open up the album? Look, it’s not pop country, and its not radio rock, but I hear elements of both of those genres in the sound; especially a strong note of the cream-of-the-crop of great 90s rock. All of these sounds come together and make this band’s sound very unique. It’s familiar all-the-way through while giving you something brand new. The production is really cool too. Their song “5 Horses” is on while I write this and I love what they’re doing with the percussion all over the stereo-pan. Seriously worth checking out, but let’s not let me just keep telling you that, lets find out a bit more about Kristian Montgomery and the winterkill band.

“I'm blessed to be surrounded by musicians and have a good friend Joe Clapp who owns ultrasound studio in Hanover Ma just outside of Boston. The music scene as far as original artists is in my opinion amazing. Although mostly online friends are writing more than ever. I myself am about to finish my second record during the pandemic. 26 songs in a year. Its brought us back to our roots as story tellers and these times deserve to be documented. Im blown away by songs of grace, deliverance and reconnection. We have been able to step and back and look at how we've been living our lives and for the most part I think people want change. We work til we die in the states, we need this time to reflect,” said Kristian. I think this is a very cool way to approach his current situation. Having toured the globe to being land-locked back home now is a huge change for the artist. When I asked him more about his performing, Kristian has this to say, “from Norway to Nicaragua ive played just about everywhere. My second home is Denmark so my viking blood encourages me to travel.i like the little shanty bars, I feel comfortable in the intimate venues. But I've played for thousands too. I enjoyed my last show at the New world tavern in Plymouth.”

I’m just going to pop in here out of context and say the answers I received in this interview were really well-put and that’s why I’m putting so much of them into this article! Alright back to it…

Getting back into the production of the album, which is called The Gravel Church by the way, I think it sounds really good. Good in my headphones. Good in my studio monitors. You can hear warmth in the drums: the shells have full bodies. The stratocaster in my right-ear right-now is perfectly “jangly” without being thin or too much… overall I really like the production and it’s very easy to listen to. Kristian told me, “It was recorded at ultrasound studios in Hanover ma produced by Joe Clapp. The songs are getting attention and we are building a fan base of people who genuinely seem interested in the new sound and message of our style of blue collar Americana “ Blue Collar Americana. Perfect. That exactly sums up the genre in a way I couldn’t earlier in this article. The lyrics a really meaningful across this album. Nothing feels forced. The lyrics feel like they were pulled-up from a deep-dark-place that once were earned, then pushed down out of need to suppress the pain. And sure, there is pain, but there is also hope in these words, and it’s a really fun journey.

When I asked about the influences that worked to shape Kristian as an artist, he said, “I grew up on Johnny cash, Jennings, Nelson, all the classics. Modern artist like Peter Gabriel, Chris whitley and Colin Hay.“

At the end of it all I really find this artist and their works intriguing. I want to hear more and I’m very excited to learn there is another album in the works right now. I feel like everyone should take a little time today and stream their album The Gravel Church. He’s singing his story, and I don’t think we’re anywhere near the end yet. “my music is my story, I've lived in everyone of the songs I've written. The genre i feel we are in is a.mixture of country, folk and rock. A americana kind of blending of many influences. We fit in everywhere and no where at all.” Kristian left me with this, “my life's an open book. Some of the songs on "The Gravel church " were written in prison. I served 6 months for being mouthy with a barister. I've loved lost and found love again.ive traveled war torn countries to find inspiration. I'm just trying to leave behind a legacy my family can be proud of. “

Keep going Mr. Montgomery, from what I can see you’re well on your way to forging something special.

Have something to talk about?