“In need of an adrenaline boost? Newly minted rockers MONTE have just that special sort of sauce for your aural excitement.”
MONTE was formed in 2018 by guitarist and singer, Caitlin Montclare. After years of playing with in other bands and trying to figure out her sound, Montclare set out to create a new band. Montclare chose to name her new project after her nickname and derivative of her last name, MONTE. This made sense at the time, since Caitlin was just starting her new endeavor as a solo project in the hopes that she would have a solid band lineup in the future.
Ismael Baiz is a Venezuelan Fusion drummer with a
background in Punk rock and latin music. He was in several bands
in Venezuela (los Pixel and los Bolas) and now has his own drum
company Maelo Drums where he builds his own kits. Baiz is a
brilliant sound engineer as well and has been an instrumental
member of MONTE in the creation of their drum sound and overall
groove, something Baiz likes to call "The MONTE Pocket".
Still in search for a bassist, Montclare decided to see
a friend’s show at The Bowery Electric. Opening for her friend’s
band was a band called The Loud Soft Loud, fronted by multi
instrumentalist Meghan Rose. Montclare watched as the band
took the stage wailing and ripping through the lower east side
venue. Montclare was excited to meet another cool, female rock
musician and introduced herself. The two became quick friends
and Rose has been in the band ever since (Circa June 2019)
Since then MONTE has released 4 singles, 1 Christmas EP and has played over 100 shows throughout New York and several surrounding states. MONTE released their third EP 'This Is MONTE' and second as a consistent trio.
Montclare hastily recorded her first solo EP ‘Bad Sick Love’ with friend and producer, Chris Krasnow, who also accompanied Montclare on the Drums for the record and several live shows. According to Montclare the best part about playing music is the live show, the chemistry. So she reached out to a fellow colleague and New School graduate, Amanda Ruzza, who is a renowned bassist in the music scene. For the first year of MONTE Amanda subbed in on numerous shows and tour dates before she had to take another gig and she is also responsible for introducing the band to Drummer Ismael Baiz who became the backbone of MONTE and one of Montclare's closest friends.