Montero, aka musician/artist Bjenny Montero, recently released his new video for “Vibrations,” the first single off his forthcoming, yet-to-be-named full-length. Mac DeMarco has invited Montero as main support on his forthcoming extensive European tour in November. Londoners will be able to catch a sneak-peak for an exclusive headline show at The Shacklewell Arms on 15 November. See full European dates below.
Montero’s sound mixes textures of 70s prog, the easy listening adult weirdness of Jimmy Webb and Burt Bacharach, and the sports arena pounding of vintage MOR rock – sometimes all in the space of one song. With an emphasis on clear vocals, soaring melodies, lush instrumentation and dreamy glam pomp, Montero ventures into gently surreal realms of romance, yearning, and wonder, and this is evident in his new single and video.
The “Vibrations” video was made in Athens, Greece with help from director Maria Damkalidi. Ben Montero has been living in Athens on and off for the last few years, and the video is shot partly in his new apartment in the Exarchia neighbourhood. Shmoopy, one of Ben’s two kittens, is in the video, but Bobby the other kitten was too shy. Ben’s uncle Jason was visiting from Australia, so he’s in the video wearing a mask. They headed to the beach to film some scenes, then Montero’s Athens band, featuring members of Acid Baby Jesus and Voyage Limpid Sound, filmed the live parts on a friend’s rooftop. Noda from Acid Baby Jesus also plays the frappé delivery boy.
As a visual artist, Ben’s comic-based style highlights the universality of small human moments via a cast of furry (or sometimes slimy) friends. His art has graced album covers, t-shirts and posters for Mac Demarco, Ariel Pink, Kurt Vile, Pond and others.
His forthcoming record is due early next year on Chapter Music is co-produced with Jay Watson of Pond/Tame Impala/Gum and Grammy Award-winning engineer Riccardo Damian, recorded at Mark Ronson’s London studio.
Nov 7 – DE – HAMBURG – Grunspan – Mac DeMarco support
Nov 8 – DE – BERLIN – Astra – Mac DeMarco support
Nov 9 – DE – BERLIN – Astra – Mac DeMarco support
Nov 10 – DE – COLOGNE – Kantine – Mac DeMarco support
Nov 11 – FR – LILLE – Aeronef – Mac DeMarco support
Nov 13 – FR – NANTES – Stereolux – Mac DeMarco support
Nov 14 – FR – Paris – Olympia – Mac DeMarco support
Nov 15 – UK – *LONDON* – The Shacklewell Arms – headline show
Nov 17 – UK – LONDON – Coronet – Mac DeMarco support
Nov 18 – UK – LONDON – Coronet – Mac DeMarco support
Nov 19 – UK – LONDON – Coronet – Mac DeMarco support
Nov 20 – UK – NOTTINGHAM – Rock City Main Hall – Mac DeMarco support
Nov 21 – UK – LIVERPOOL – O2 Academy – Mac DeMarco support
Nov 22 – IRE – DUBLIN – Vicar Street – Mac DeMarco support
Nov 24 – UK – GLASGOW – Barrowland – Mac DeMarco support
Nov 25 – UK – MANCHESTER – Academy – Mac DeMarco support
Nov 26 – UK – BRISTOL – O2 Academy – Mac DeMarco support
Nov 27 – UK – BRIGHTON – Dome – Mac DeMarco support
Nov 28 – BE – BRUSSELS – AB – Mac DeMarco support
Nov 29 – NL – UTRECHT – Tivoli – Mac DeMarco support
Nov 30 – NL – AMSTERDAM – Paradiso – Mac DeMarco support