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R M H Q: HEADQUARTERS

GRAPEFRUIT


Format: 4LP BOX
Cata No: GY6-8BX
Barcode: 600197676813
Format: 4xCDs
Cata No: GY6-8BXCD
Barcode: 600197676820
It’s been over a decade since Roy Montgomery’s last album, and R M
H Q is a hell of a return. This release contains four distinct records
of new material. Listening to any of his work is a visceral experience—
repeating phrases swell and decay, immersing the listener in
the cyclical narrative of his compositions.
Montgomery was in his rock band period in the eighties, when the
dark, minimalist post-punk of The Pin Group lead into the gloriously
open-ended freedoms of Dadamah. After a quiet spell, he returned
in the late nineties, producing towering spires of guitar lines that exposed
fragility between the strums. With his solo releases and in collaboration
with Flying Saucer Attack, Bardo Pond (Hash Jar Tempo),
and Chris Heaphy (Dissolve), his focus shifted from the truth-mining
of rock music to epic celestialism. His ambitious yet humble tracks
outstrip their origins, and Montgomery toured the world sitting crosslegged
on the floor, playing twenty-plus-minute compositions.
A long period of silence followed, marked only with a split album
with Grouper (who lists Montgomery as a primary influence), involvement
in Torlesse Super Group, and a couple thematic variations serving
as soundtracks for films. Instead, he focused on his personal and
professional commitments. Unfortunately, two horrific events preceded
his return: the Christchurch earthquakes of 2011 condemned Montgomery’s
entire neighborhood save for his home, stripping his street
of a community; and, as a volunteer firefighter, he saw first-hand the
destruction and loss of life in the city center. Additionally, since 2014,
illness in the family has dominated his life. Self-expression once again
demanded an outlet.
R M H Q is four albums conceived and recorded over a very short
period, each of them carrying a distinct focus and mood.
• Celebrated return of influential, long-dormant virtuoso

• Available as four separate LPs or as limited edition 4xLP box set
with liner notes by friends and peers

Tracks:

1. Tropic Of Anodyne 2. Dear Future Loser
3. You Always Get What You Deserve
4. I Was A Distant Star
5. Seven Faded Dreams
6. If And Only If 7. Hanging Melody
8. As The Sun Sets 9. Rough Take-off
10. 10538 Overdrive 11. Little Big Star
12. Dazed Pig Dreamhome Slide
13. At The Gogol Au Go Go
(For Natstya Terekhova)
14. Six Guitar Salute To Peter Gutteridge
15. Making Love In A Blast Furnace
16. Slow Heroes 17. Rough Landing
18. Ten Beers With Five Bears At
Two Guns, Arizona
19. I.O.U. Otto 20. Pipeline
21. And Later We Looked
Up At The Stars
22. A Guitar Called Boomslang
23. Another David Lynch Thanks, No Ice
24. Chasing Monica Vitti
25. Cocktails With Can
26. Otherness 27. Riding
28. Last Alarm (For Brad Fletcher)
29. Unshore
30. Weathering Mortality
(featuring voice by Emma Johnston)

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