Juan Montoya is a compulsive creator. The former Torche guitarist and Miami ex-pat's new band, MonstrO, is as busy as a group could hope to be. They spent most of last year touring with notable artists like Danzig and Clutch, and currently are working on a follow-up to their critically acclaimed debut album. While tending to the success of one band would be enough for most, Montoya simply isn't the sort to rest upon his laurels and patiently await the next tour, nor is he content with a single channel of musical expression.
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When Montoya isn't on the road with MonstrO, he can be found playing with Stallone, his musical mistress and a rarity amongst side-projects in its quality. Stallone eschews the generally undercooked vibe many a secondary group gives off, and its sludgy-come-shoegaze sound is immediately familiar to fans of Montoya's prior groups -- though Stallone's music almost entirely instrumental.