Of Montreal brought some groovy weirdness and a fantastical set to Webster Hall in NYC last night. The Athens, Georgia band fronted by Kevin Barnes recently released their 13th studio album entitled Aureate Gloom.
We didn’t expect the massive show Barnes and his bandmates Clayton Rychlik, Jojo Glidewell, Bob Parins, Bennett Lewis, and Kishi Bashi put on but we quickly adjusted. The Of Montreal live experience is more theater than concert, complete with costume changes, massive props, and dancers. Some of the scenes set involved poodles undressing and pretending to have sex with Abraham Lincoln and a dinosaur wedding. The dancers were shrouded in white outfits with wings and danced behind the band while images were projected on their outfits. At another point, giant white fallopian tubes came on stage and insemination was projected on them. This was the wildest and coolest show we’ve seen in a long time. Major props to Barnes and the rest of the band for working so hard to put on a meaningful spectacle which actually held a good amount of social commentary. If you can, go see these guys on the road!