|Instruments||Vocals, guitar, keyboards|
|Labels||Drunken Fish, Kranky|
|Associated acts||Dadamah, Dissolve, Hash Jar Tempo and The Pin Group|
Roy Montgomery is a composer, guitarist and lecturer from Christchurch, New Zealand. Montgomery's mostly instrumental solo works have elements of post-rock, lo-fi, folk and avant-garde experimentation. His signature sound might be described as atmospheric or cinematic, often featuring complex layers of chiming, echoing and/or droning guitar phrases. He is currently head of the Environmental management department at Lincoln University in New Zealand.
Montgomery has played in several New Zealand bands since 1980, most notably The Pin Group, Dadamah, Dissolve and Hash Jar Tempo. He has also released solo albums on labels including Kranky and Drunken Fish.
Roy Montgomery was born in 1959 in London, England but was brought to Cologne in Germany where he lived until the age of four. His father was German and his mother was from the UK. As his mother worked for the British Forces Broadcasting Service, Montgomery was exposed mostly to the pop music of America rather than the music of Germany. In mid-sixties he moved with his mother to Christchurch, New Zealand. In 1980, he formed The Pin Group with bass player Ross Humphries and drummer Peter Stapleton. The group debuted with the single Ambivalence in 1981, released though the newly founded label Flying Nun Records. They recorded handful of singles and performed only locally before disbanding in January 1982. Montgomery later worked with Stapleton again in Dadamah, formed in 1990.
Montgomery had been composing and recording acoustic work since 1982, much of which he would integrate into his 90s work. Although enjoying collaborating with other artists, Montgomery is also drawn to working alone, which he attributes to growing up as an only child. In 1995 he issued his debut solo effort Scenes from the South Island, which he recorded and performed by himself.
- Scenes from the South Island (Drunken Fish, 1995)
- Temple IV (Kranky, 1996)
- And Now the Rain Sounds Like Life Is Falling Through It (Drunken Fish, 1999)
- The Allegory of Hearing (Drunken Fish, 2000)
- Silver Wheel of Prayer (VHF, 2001)
- Music from the Film Hey Badfinger (Yellow Electric, 2012)
- "Staff Profile: Roy Montgomery". Lincoln University. June 3, 2012. Retrieved April 27, 2013.
- McGonigal, Mike (July 26, 2011). Yeti Eleven. Verse Chorus Press. pp. 38–47. Retrieved April 27, 2013.
- Gustafsson, Mats (2007). ""Simple Patterns to Useful Effect": The Music of Roy Montgomery". Deep Water Acres. Retrieved April 27, 2013.
- "Ambivalence - Pin Group". Flying Nun Records. 2013. Retrieved April 27, 2013.
- Scaruffi, Piero (April, 1999). "Roy Montgomery: Last of the Independents". scaruffi.com. Retrieved April 27, 2013.
- Roy Montgomery at AllMusic
- Roy Montgomery discography at Discogs
- Artist page at the kranky record label website
- Roy Montgomery's staff profile page at Lincoln University, Christchurch.
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