Roy Montgomery was born in London, England but lives in Ōtautahi Christchurch, Aotearoa New Zealand. He currently lectures in environmental management and urban planning at Lincoln University. He plays electric guitar and has made many home recordings since the early 1980s from which he has released several self-produced 45s, LPs and CDs on various independent labels including Drunken Fish, Kranky, vhf and Grapefruit. He was involved in bands such as the Pin Group, Dadamah, Dissolve and Hash Jar Tempo (with Bardo Pond) and he has collaborated with other artists such as Flying Saucer Attack, Liz Harris (Grouper), Julianna Barwick, Purple Pilgrims, Emma Johnston, Haley Fohr (Circuit des Yeux), Alicia Merz (Birds of Passage) and Martha Skye Murphy. His first book of verse, entitled Endurance, is to be released in August 2023 and a new LP, entitled Broken Heart Surgery is due for release in October 2023. He performs live relatively infrequently.