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Montana 1948 is a San Francisco based quartet whose modern alternative sound is bound to draw comparisons to 30 Seconds to Mars and Circa Survive based on the contents of their stopgap four-song EP. Teeming with sugary shimmering guitars and an earnest pop rock aura, songs like “January Jones” channels the suave swagger of Killers while “How to Swim” reaches for the brass ring with a shot of grandiose guitar and dollops of the syrupy power pop that makes teenage girls swoon. Tasty rhythmic work with an invigorating indie rock pretense, Montana 1948 fits snugly between Keane, Rooney, and Mae as purveyors of the eternal search.
- Mike SOS