A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints
Dito Montiel, lead singer of the '90s band Gutterboy, returns October 10 with his self-titled solo debut. The 15-track release follows Montiel's success with A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints, a fictionalized account of his life that he made into a book in 2003 and an award-winning independent film currently in theaters. The album will be available through all digital retailers. The album is a companion to A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints as the semi-autobiographical subject matter of the songs take place after the time period in which the film was set. Montiel gained notoriety in 1989 when Geffen Records signed Gutterboy to a $1 million record deal - an unheard of sum at the time. The band was dropped after its debut and was dubbed one of the most 'successful' unsuccessful bands in rock history. Prior to Gutterboy, as a kid, Montiel was in the hardcore band Major Conflict. Montiel returned to the spotlight in 2003 in a big way with A Guide To Recognizing Your Saints, a fictional take on his life growing up in Astoria, Queens in the early ’80s during the rise of hardcore. After adapting his best-selling book into a screenplay, Montiel made his directorial debut this year with the film version of A Guide To Recognizing Your Saints, a gritty drama that ranks as one of the more indelible accounts of New York City street life in years.
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