Monty Swan certainly knows a thing or two about pumping up the publicity.
His website boasts an extensive
association to a host of big name rock and pop stars, such as; James LoMenzo –
Black Label Society / Megadeth, Johnny Mars – Larry Carlton, Doyle Dykes, Seth
Lakeman, Thin Lizzy, Doctor Feelgood, The Levellers, Ben Howard, Steve Vai, Joe
Bonamassa, Wishbone Ash, Turin Brakes, The Move, Nikko McBrain, Hayseed Dixie,
Graham Bonnet, The Quireboys, Antonio Forcione, Lesley West/Mountain, John
Sykes, Walter Trout, The Blockheads, Nine Below Zero, Albert Lee, Deacon Blue,
Carl Palmer, Stone Gods, Nick Harper, Dave Mustaine. Jan Akkerman.
Wow! I'm already impressed by this guy, but I can't help but wonder why is
he playing support to the band Eventine whom by any measure are not a household
name? I've seen Monty's band Swans In Flight some years ago in the Exeter
Phoenix and they were good. Arriving at the venue, I just caught Monty's
opener. From the start he appeared nervous, and slightly uncomfortable, and understandably
so. There were very few people in the
audience. In fact, you could easily mistake the audience for staff...It must be
tough playing only a couple of people, one of which was me! His confidence
improved, yet his music didn't. I was impressed by Monty's indefatigable style which build, song by song. He began
performing as though he were in a much larger venue with a full audience.
However, his music and voice sounded strained and tired. Unfortunately, his is
set consisted largely of old material I'd heard previously from his last band Swans
In Flight, some taken from the self named and impressive album. It's a shame,
he sounded much better on record, or with a good band...But solo? A brave
effort Monty, but for me, no cigar!