With a style that blends Spanish-influenced guitar with the sounds of the 60’s and 70’s, Montropo crafts memorable songs that span the range of folk and rock music. Andrés Diaz, lead singer and guitarist, began playing music at just eleven years old, borrowing his sister's guitar in Temple, TX where he was born. He spent time studying guitar performance at UT Austin before moving to Denver in the mid-2000s. Diaz then spent two years writing, refining and recording the songs on Montropo's debut album, "Follow Me" (2015), which was recorded at Silo Sound and Consonance Productions.
Montropo's music explores a range of feelings and ideas, from the surreal, dreamy spiritual loss of album opener "Follow Me" to the uplifting solidarity of "Brother, Stay".
After releasing Follow Me, Diaz put together a band, collaborating with Josh Fuson (drums) and Jordan Roos (bass) to create energetic live performances, including a featured performance at Denver's Underground Music Showcase in 2017, FOCO MX in Fort Collins, and multiple venues across Denver & Boulder.
Montropo continues to push into original territory with their music. The band is actively writing new songs that incorporate a diversity of influences, including Diaz's ongoing fascination with the powerful, poetic music of latin american folk artist Victor Jara.
With 2018, Montropo prepares their sophomore release and to continue their trek into new cities and venues across America.
"Montropo‘s recently released debut LP, “Follow Me,” is chock full of well-crafted, beautifully arranged songs...songs like “Brother, Stay,” available for download below, and “A Woman So Kind” Montropo tackles well-tread motifs with an earnest rosiness, all backed by catchy jangly pop and tasteful string arrangements... he’s yet to achieve the exposure he deserves."
- The Know, Denver Post - http://dpo.st/2fveEha
“Follow Me is a coloful, yet melancholic album that is hard not to love. It beckons listeners to self-reflect and also observe the world. “
- BolderBeat - http://bolderbeat.com/musicnews/meetmontropo
“This folk-pop collection is impeccably played and crafted.”
- The Marquee - http://marqueemag.com/2014/07/montropo-follow-me/
1/13 - Aztlan Theater Show, Denver, CO w/ Vic and The Narwals
1/29 - Lost Lake, Denver, CO
2/10 Skyline Park Skate Show, Denver, CO
2/23 - Hi Dive, Denver, CO w/ Anthony Ruptak, Jacob Russo
3/10 - Lion’s Lair, Denver, CO w/ Morning Bear
4/28 - FOCO MX, Fort Collins, CO
5/21 - Syntax Physic Opera, Denver, CO w/ Rachael Pollard
June 2 Syntax with Shark dreams, downtime,sedgwick
June 24 Westword showcase
July 10 Moon room at Summit Music hall (moonrise nation, shark dreams)
July 27 UMS Gary Lee's
Aug 26 Skylark (Florea, Folly Fields)
9/24/2017 - Hi-Dive, Denver, CO - Hurricane Harvey Relief Show
9/30/2017 - Black Shirt Brewing 5th Anniversary Show, Denver, CO
2/6 - The Forge, Boulder, CO w/ Glimjack
2/18 - Goosetown Tavern, Denver, CO w/ Jacob Russo
3/19 - Merc-Collaboration Fest, Denver, CO ft. members of Porlolo, King Cardinal, The Still Tide and Lee Avenue.
3/20 - Lost Lake, Denver, CO w/ Matt Rouch, Glimjack, and Larimer Lights
4/11 - The Squire Lounge, Denver, CO w/ Glimjack, Imaginary Points
5/5 - Larimer lounge, Denver, CO w/ Brent Cowles
5/20 - Syntax Physic Opera, Denver, CO w/ Holly Lovell, Morning Bear
5/30 - Stem Cider Songwriters Circle, Denver, CO
5/31 - Back Space, Denver, CO w/ Logan and Lucille
6/13 - Lost Lake, Denver, CO w/ Old Sea Brigade, Mitchel Evan and the Mangroves
7/28 - Underground Music Showcase, Denver, CO
9/2 - Skylark, Denver, CO w/ Swidlin Hearts, Matt Rouch and the Noise Upstairs)
10/2 - Syntax Physic Opera, Denver, CO w/ Matt Rouch, Joseph buck
11/10 - Walnut Room, Denver, CO w/ Mitchel Evan and the Mangrove, and Herestofightin
11/19 Paceman’s 100 Year Storm Festival, Oriental Theater, Denver, CO
5/15 - Goosetown Tavern, Denver, CO w/ The Sweet Lillies
5/30 - Lion's Lair, Denver, CO
7/30 - The Laughing Goat, Boulder, CO
7/31 - Mercury Cafe, Denver, CO
7/23-26 - Underground Music Showcase, Denver, CO
8/28 - Lion's Lair, Denver, CO
10/23 - Leon Art Gallery, Denver, CO w/ Brett Randall
11/12 - Mercury Cafe, Denver, CO w/ The Ghost of Joseph Buck, The Changing Colors
12/12 - Lion's Lair, Denver, CO w/ King Cardinal
12/15 - Stand by your Band Event, Syntax Physic Opera, Denver, CO w/ Brent Cowles, members of Altas, Somerset Catalog