Kevin Barnes: Vocals/Guitar
Bryan Poole: Guitar
Dottie Alexander: Keys
Clayton Rychlik: Drums
Davey Pierce: Bass
Nicolas Bobbratz: Keys/Bass/Percussion
“Released their 11th studio album in February of 2012”-AltSounds
"Working on a full-length documentary, 'Song Dynasties'"
"With an endlessly inventive stage show to match its inspired glam-pop tunes, Of Montreal is a concert experience unlike any other” - Paste Magazine
Where does one begin to explain a band like of Montreal? They have been described as indie rock, indie-pop, dance, punk, dance-punk, psychedelic, neo-psychedelic, and even R&B. Formed in 1996 by Kevin Barnes and part of the Elephant 6 Collective, at this point there isn’t much ground that of Montreal hasn’t musically covered. Ranging from twee-pop type hits with catchy hooks to somber, folky tunes with darker tones, they’ve just about done it all.
Just a sampling of their song titles include: “Advice from a Divorced Gentleman to His Bachelor Friend Considering Marriage,” “A Dreamy Day of Daydreaming of You,” “There Is Nothing Wrong With Hating Rock Critics,” and “Erroneous Escape into Erik Eckles.” Their 2001 compilation album entitled The Early Four Track Recordings contains 16 tracks all arbitrarily and humorously named after Dustin Hoffman. of Montreal’s 2006 release Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer? features a mid-album transformation in which Kevin Barnes shifts into his alter-ego, Georgie Fruit, described as “a black she-male from a demented past time.”
Still not intrigued? Their live shows usually contain elaborate costume changes, skits, and theatrics fueled by Barnes’s knowledge and love of storytelling, comedy, and music. Expect to find all of this along with the more bass-driven, up-tempo sounds of their 2012 album Paralytic Stalks at this year’s Savannah Stopover Festival.
Watch the live version of “An Eluardian Instance” from the Fall 2007 Gender Mutiny Tour: