Two Chances to See Of MontrealSeptember 15th, 2010
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 right—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.
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: They’ve released six EPs and 10 studio albums, the most recent of which, False Priest, came out yesterday. To celebrate, Of Montreal (above, doing “An Eluardian Instance” on Late Show with David Letterman) and the very talented Janelle Monae play Terminal 5 on Friday and Saturday.