Montauk Hotel are an indie-shimmer-pop act based in Dublin. Taking influence from the glimmer of early 80s indie-pop, Montauk Hotel have fused strong melodies with glistening guitars to create a sound that is their own.
Formed late last year, Montauk Hotel are made up of Claudia Verdecchia (vocals), Shell Dooley (guitars), Aoife Hester (bass) and Karima Dillon-El Toukhy (drums).
Montauk Hotel made an impressive impact on the Dublin live music scene in 2016 with shows including The Last Mixed Tape’s Lost Tapes series, The Sound House, The Bowery, Bello Bar, Whelan’s and Sin E and supporting acts such as PINS, Paddy Hanna, Beauty Sleep, Jem Mitchell and Tanjier. They continued their live presence in 2017 with headline shows in venues including Whelan's, Sin E, Retro Revival Indie Club, The Harbour Bar and The Workman's, as well as slots at Vantastival, The Park After Dark festival, Whelan's Ones to Watch and Sunflower festival. They recently performed at First Music Contact's Music Marathon for Simon Community on Grafton Street, sharing the bill with acts like The Strypes and Delorentos.
Their debut single ‘Black Dress’ was released in late January to critical acclaim. Montauk Hotel launched their E.P. on March 10th with a sold-out show in Whelans, Dublin.
The band released their new single 'Sense of Place' in August 2017 with a fantastic response from RTE, 2fm, The Irish Times, The Last Mixed Tape, Nialler9 and The Thin Air.
RTE Entertainment’s Irish Band Set to Rise 2017
“Dripping in metallic guitar vibes and early ‘80s indie pop, ‘Black Dress’ is a charming melodic opening gambit”
Nialler9, New Irish Artist of the Week – The Irish Times
“A gorgeous jangly pop noise”
Praise for ‘Montauk Hotel’ E.P.
"Their songs will take you back to the dreamy glimmer of the 1980s guitar sound. Their debut self-titled EP is one of the most accomplished Irish releases of 2017."
“…a highly stylised record filled with vivid flourishes of brilliance that set the four-piece apart… Leaving them in their own shimmer-pop milieu”
9/10, The Last Mixed Tape
“there’s a real earworming charm to the band’s streamlined, chorus-drenched jangle-pop”
The Thin Air
“Montauk Hotel is a fine debut... that show great promise so early on in their tenure as a band writing and recording music”
Fame Music – Six Irish Artists You Need to Know About (Netherlands)
"In a word, it’s luminous. You’d be hard-pressed to find a more stunning debut."
The Revue (USA)
Praise for 'Sense of Place' single
The Irish Times - Best New Irish Tracks of the Week (August 2017)
“jangling, reverb drenched flourishes that have become a key characteristic for the four-piece… Setting them apart from the pack”
The Last Mixed Tape
“Nicely straddling the line between indie jangle and straight-up pop… the foursome’s strongest and most confident effort to date”
The Thin Air
"As always with Montauk Hotel, be it a live show or a single track, by the time you've reached the end they've already lifted you out of your reality and into a better place."
Remy's Music and Film
"This single boasts one of the hookiest guitar riffs I’ve heard all year"
Super World Indie Tunes
"Claudia Verdecchia’s emotive vocals work alongside a steady rhythm section and the jangly guitars of Shell Dooley, making “Sense of Place” a very solid release from this Dublin-based quartet"
Obscure Music (USA)
"...lends the group’s music a timeless feel, giving each song the appearance of an instant classic. Montauk Hotel bring together quirky jangle pop melodies and soothing, glimmer-laden guitars to create a sound that is uniquely their own."
The Offbeat Music Blog