Fri, Jan 27|
The Underground - Listening Room
Kristian Montgomery and the Winterkill Band w/ A Day Without Love
Born in Florida to a Danish immigrant and a blue blooded American girl, his family moved to New England where his father worked as a fisherman. He lived with his grandparents and began singing in the church choir where his voice was recognized by his Reverend, a former professional tenor.
Time & Location
Jan 27, 2023, 8:00 PM
The Underground - Listening Room, 24 Pleasant St Unit A, Randolph, VT 05060, USA
About the event
Kristian Montgomery and the Winterkill Band
Born in Florida to a Danish immigrant and a blue blooded American girl, his family moved to New England where his father worked as a fisherman. He lived with his grandparents and began singing in the church choir where his voice was recognized by his Reverend, a former professional tenor. Kristian realized the impact his voice had upon people once he opened his eyes after singing the Lord's Prayer and seeing the silent tears fall from faces he had never met.
Outside of church Kristian sang shanties,Celtic and Scandanavian songs at local bars and told stories of fisherman coming home from sea. Over time he progressed as a songwriter and ultimately developed a following, He joined several rock bands through the years where he won awards for his voice. While a member of a metal band, Kristian was nominated for the Boston Music Awards for best male vocalist. He however, did not feel like this genre was a good fit for him. He wanted adventure, so he traveled to Nicaragua to perform on television in Managua. While there, he was photographed sitting around a table relaxing in the capital with an AK-47 in his arms; as if this was war torn country was just another place to find stories for his songs.
This experience awoke something in Kristian, he found a freedom that only his ancestors had known. He began taking his music back to his father's homeland, where it was received like a son coming home to his family. Although his intentions were to bring music to the world; after starting a family in the US, it was at the dinner table where he truly found home. A divorce inevitably threw Kristian back into performing. He was jailed after fighting for equal rights for fathers in Massachusetts. Having lost everything, he began to rebuild his life. Upon release from prison he began work on "The Gravel Church". He wrote about his experiences in prison, starting over and how he found hope.
"When your world is taken away" he says "it's like watching a ship sail further and further away from you. You're far apart, but if you put your feet in the water you're still connected"
A Day Without Love
Started as a solo act by frontman Brian Walker during his college years, the music took on the shape of a full-band when Walker collaborated with Philadelphia producer Jake Detwiler in 2013. The resulting debut EP, Island, was a sharp contrast from the mellow acoustic musings that Walker had leaned on in the past - it was aggressive, grungy, and energetic. Since then, A Day Without Love has seen a rotating cast of musicians surround the singer/songwriter for a handful of short releases from 2013 to 2020.
In 2015 and 2016 A Day Without Love has played SXSW, signed to Sounds and Tones Records and has been consistently touring. The band has done a crowd-funded fundraiser for Erika’s Lighthouse, has spoken about the importance of mental health awareness at shows, and has done the 90 covers in 90 days challenge via YouTube to bring awareness about mental health. After the challenge, A Day Without Love recorded a 13-song debut LP entitled Solace that was released August 30th, 2016 (Sounds and Tones Records).
Solace received reviews in multiple internet publications ( XPN, Jump Philly, Digital Wheat Paste) and praise from Daytrotter as one of the top performances of 2017. The record also embarked in a social media driven project via Instagram called Albums and Friends dedicated to telling stories about the people who support the record.
Moving forward to 2018, Walker released Diary , a 24 song self recorded album about the issues of rising above. The record recieved many reviews and lead him to a placement in AfroPunk Magazine as well as many festivals in cities such as New York, Boston and Richmond.
Currently A Day Without Love is preparing for a full US tour and has recently released a new single titled, Show Friends.
Doors at 7:30 // Show at 8:00