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Meet… Montpelier

December 7, 2010 by  

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Meet… Montpelier

Things have moved fast for Montpelier in 2010. Amongst a hectic touring schedule surrounding their debut EP earlier this year, the Brisbane four-piece supported acts including Frightened Rabbit and Biffy Clyro before scoring the opportunity to spend time at Space Junk Studios in Sydney with ARIA nominated producer Tim Powles (Regular John, The Church).

“Working with Tim has been a long-term project which has allowed for a lot of experimentation with sounds and the arrangement of songs. Last Boat was the first track that we worked on together. Having this kind of relationship with a producer really helps sculpt the sound of the band. For me personally, it has pushed me to reach a really interesting place with the sorts of guitar sounds that are now on the record,” says vocalist / guitarist Dave Butler.

The track is the first to be lifted from a new EP due for release in April 2011, with the amazing video clip produced in paper stop-motion by Sydney filmmaker Paul Andrew Rhodes.

In “Last Boat”, Greg Chiapello’s powerful and haunting vocal is layered with fellow front man, Dave Butler’s harmonies. John Pickering’s “Temper Trap-esque” (Bridie Connelian, The Brag) drum beats are combined with delayed guitar and atmospheric synths/keys, taking Last Boat to a new level for the band.

The song was written by Greg about coming to terms with living with OCD as a teenager. “When I was in my late teens I got diagnosed with OCD. I had lived with it since I was quite young but never knew exactly what it was. Around the time of writing Last Boat I was really getting on top of the OCD and really learning how to manage and live with it. This song for me does encapsulate the pretty extreme struggles experienced over those years, the isolation and helplessness an illness like that can make you feel, but it also reminds me of the wonderful liberation and strength I felt at the time knowing I could live with it, and knowing that it wasn’t going to be debilitating for the rest of my life. At the end of the day I want people to find their own meaning in the songs I write, I think that’s the great thing about music, freedom to find your self in a song. It can mean something for someone and something completely different for others. For me Last Boat is a song about hope. I know there are a lot of people going through similar experiences I went through so I guess I hope it may give some strength to those people to keep fighting.”

Last Boat is available now as a free download from



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