Last winter, Santa Barbara became the world center of Moog — the
analog synthesizer invented by Bob Moog that many consider the
genesis of synth and electronica — when Nick Montoya and Steve
Fortner hosted an evening at Velvet Jones for the planet’s top
enthusiasts. Next Wednesday, July 19, relive the feeling at Elsie’s
on De la Guerra Street, when the Volt Per Octaves — Montoya’s
collaboration with his wife Anna — returns to town. Here are five
reasons to Moog out.

[1] The Volt Per Octaves’ debut album Sleeping In hits
retailers worldwide two days before the gig, on Monday, July 17,
and, if the Internet is your friend, can be bought on

[2] The Montoyas moved to Humboldt County in October 2005, which
makes this show a homecoming. Even better, the Volt Per Octaves are
moving back to town in August.

[3] Opening for the Octaves will be electronica providers Small
Dot Complex.

[4] The show is part of a tour of the West Coast, from Seattle
to Los Angeles, in support of the debut.

[5] Anna Montoya’s song about her daughter “Eva Natalia” was
remixed on the album from mellow to dance clubbish by producer
Anthony J. Resta, a k a Ajax, who’s worked with the likes of Perry
Farrell, Duran Duran, and Sir Elton John.


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