Of Montreal Come to Webster Hall Next TuesdayDecember 7th, 2012
Since forming back in 1997, Of Montreal’s lineup and sound have changed, but the one constant has been Kevin Barnes, who got the impetus to create the band following the end of a relationship with a girl from—you guessed it—Montreal. The group he founded has been active in the collaborative indie-pop community in Athens, Ga., and has been involved with the Elephant 6 Recording Company, a musicians’ collective. And as Barnes has gone through life changes—getting married, moving to Norway to have a child, coming back to the U.S., briefly getting separated from his wife and daughter before reuniting—so has the tone of the music. The band has incorporated synthesizers and different elements of funk, pop, psychedelia and rock into the songs Barnes writes. And being surrounded by so much creativity, he writes a lot: Their 11th full-length studio album, Paralytic Stalks (stream it below), came out earlier this year. Watch them, above, doing “Forecast Fascist Future” at this year’s SXSW, and then go see them at Webster Hall next Tuesday.