In 1985 Montgomery was briefly involved in a band called The Shallows (which released a single on Flying Nun in 1985), but gained wider exposure as a member of Dadamah. The singles and one LP Dadamah recorded (posthumously collected on the This Is Not a Dream CD by kranky 1995) marked the quartet as one of the most unique groups to come out of the fertile NZ scene. Montgomery's guitar drone/strum, while anchored in an appreciation of the Velvet Underground, Television and Wire, showed itself to be remarkably wide ranging.
In 1994 Roy Montgomery began a trip around the world that would result in a wealth of releases. After finishing the initial Dissolve album with Chris Heaphy in New Zealand, he visited the U.K. and played live with Flying Saucer Attack and accompanied writer Kirk Lane. While in Guatemala, he spent the night at one of the temples at the Mayan ruins in Tikal. On a stop in Chicago he got a $65 guitar in a pawn shop, a Teisco matching the one Rouy's favorite Hound Dog Taylor modeled on the cover of his first album. Arriving in New York City, Montgomery apartment sat, borrowed a four track tape deck and started recording.
Montgomery told Pop Watch that
Mixing a bunch of four track recordings and doing overdubs with engineer Brendan Burke at Loose Booty studios in Chicago, Montgomery put together music that became a series of seven inch singles and two albums. kranky released the Temple IV CD in 1995. Inspired by that night at Tikal, the pieces on the album were recorded in open tuning and are pure instrumentals.
Dawn Sutter described the album in a Feb. 1996 issue of CMJ New Music Report:
Danny Housman wrote in Option that Montgomery
The next few years saw a bunch of releases bearing Roy Montgomery's name, as well as his collaborations with Bardo Pond under the name Hash Jar Tempo. He got together again with Chris Heaphy to record music originally written to accompany a play, that kranky released at Roy Montgomery/ Chris Heaphy True. More recently, Roy Montgomery has moved back to New Zealand, started a family and begun a career as an university lecturer.