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Montauk 

When: Sat., Aug. 17 2013
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It’s rare to hear a collection that’s as bare bones as Montauk’s World’s Greatest. It’s even rarer to hear one where the vocals are so nonchalant and dreary that they feel almost dismissive. But in the end, Montauk’s Cheyne Dowds (vocals, guitar) and Nick Bowman (drummer, guitar) have crafted an EP that is refreshingly honest, if a little bit ugly. “To me, half the goal is to just not be cheesy and fake,” Dowds says. “It seems like so many bands just fall into a generic look and sound, like a fake country accent or the whole rockabilly shtick. I just wanted to be a kind of adult, real person making music.” Dowds in particular is inspired by Will Oldham, Sam Beam, and the late Jason Molina. “I’m kind of a big fan of the emptiness of a lot of music,” the Montauk singer-songwriter says. “Those dudes convey so much emotion with the simplest arrangements. It’s like, come on now, it’s 2013, amps don’t go to 11. You can’t get any crazier, louder, or gnarlier than has already been done, but if you can write a good real song and somebody can connect to it, you did something right.” —Chris Haire SATURDAY

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