By Emily Toy
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It's only been seven months since they've all been together, but already, four local young men are making their mark.
And people are starting to notice.
Since the beginning, The Montauk Project has played all original songs, with most rooted from improvisation and keen ears sensitive to pitch. Last Saturday night, The Independent traveled out to The Project's studio to listen in and interview the band that is rocking the East End as they prepare for what should be their biggest gig yet: a three hour set at the Stephen Talkhouse this Friday night at 10.
"We put a lot of work into this," said drummer, vocalist and Montauk resident Jasper Conroy.
For Sag Harbor resident, guitarist and vocalist Mark Schiavoni, the gig is a major blessing.
"We're very fortunate to be able to play together," he said.
"The Talkhouse is one of my favorite places to play," said guitarist/vocalist and Sag Harbor resident Matt Liot. "It's such an awesome spot. It's almost like our home turf, so it's special that we're finally playing there all together."
Since September of last year, The Montauk Project has been the rock band to see out on the East End, solidifying their spot against dozens of blues, reggae and cover bands while at the same time drawing large, young crowds eager to listen.
"It's a new approach to an old technique," said Schiavoni, who founded the band in February 2011 with Conroy and Liot.
"We're trying to make rock and roll relevant to everyone," Schiavoni said.
The band, which became complete with bassist and East Hampton resident Chris Wood back in September, has been playing gigs in Sag Harbor and East Hampton for months. Friday's show marks the first time the group will play at the Talkhouse together.
"We're aspiring to play on bigger stages each time," Conroy said. "It's part of us working to be better."
Drawing influences from everything from Red Hot Chili Peppers, Zeppelin and Radiohead to Chuck Berry, Hendrix and Eric Clapton, The Montauk Project has been churning out completely original jams, pleasing crowds all over the Hamptons and beyond.
"There's bits of all those classic guys within all of us," Wood said. "And with this Talkhouse show, maybe some people will want to come out and see what we're all about."
Next week, The Montauk Project will be releasing their newest brainchild: a CD.
Featuring four of their original songs, the CD will be released at the On The Green Concert at the Montauk Music Festival. The CD will be available the whole weekend during the festival and is the beginnings of recording a full-length album.
The Project members have been working diligently on their newest undertaking, with their music being worked on in Montauk, New York and New Jersey.
So far, The Montauk Project has kept a firm hold on its local roots. They even have their band T-shirts made by local Jesse Joecker, from the Whalebone Creative, a Montauk based T-shirt company.
"The fact that we get to play music together is great," Schiavoni said. "I think that if we each had to do something all day long, everyday, it would be this."
To see The Montauk Project, come out to the Stephen Talkhouse this Friday at 10 PM. $10 per person.