Layne Montgomery is always thinking about songs: what makes the good ones work, what makes the bad ones interesting, how to make his own ones better. He is constantly on a quest to write a perfect song (something like “Age of Consent” by New Order or “MMMbop.”) His best friend Max Miller has been with him for most of this journey: they’ve been playing in each other’s bands since the day they met, shyly trading Jet riffs (it was the mid-2000s) back and forth while Wayne’s World 2 played on mute. When Max went away for college, Layne started a band called the Great American Novel, where he eventually shepherded Aidan Shepard into playing drums with him. Equal parts heavy metal and Beatle, Aidan looks at songs in a unique way Layne’s years of study could never provide (Layne doesn’t listen to metal – he once heard a Metallica song and he couldn’t sleep for weeks.) The Great American Novel constantly was on the cusp of breaking through or breaking up, and the latter happened before the former. But – you know how Ringo kept playing drums with each Beatle after they break up? Layne felt the same way about Aidan and had to have him in the new band. After college Max moved back into the building he and Layne grew up in with a ton of great new songs that got Layne inspired and a little jealous, so he had to join the band too.
After two long years of fluctuating lineups and band names (Lame, The Romantic Comedy, The Who But Like Better Or Something), Stove Shaw completed the puzzle earlier this year. With a good mutual friend between them, Layne and Stove kept seeing each other on social media, then running into each other at hip shows in the city (Car Seat Headrest, Parquet Courts, etc) and going “hey, don’t I know you?” while awkwardly sipping cheap beer. Although their path to Rock has been winding and thorny, it was clear from the first time the four strapped on their instruments that this was the band. This is the Layne Montgomery Paper Company.
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09/29 – Alphaville – Brooklyn, NY
10/04 – Niagra (Mondo NYC Festival) – New York, NY
10/28 – The Gutter (Halloween Show Performing as Pavement) – Brooklyn, NY
11/12 – Bar Matchless (International Pop Overthrow) – Brooklyn, NY