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Athens, Georgia, United States (1997 – present)

of Montreal is an indie pop band which formed in Athens, Georgia, United States in 1997. The band is fronted by Kevin Barnes, who writes, composes, and plays most of the music for his albums.

They were among the second wave of groups to emerge from The Elephant 6 Recording Company and the group has a style that is typical of many Elephant 6 bands due to their interest in combining musical experimentation with the basic tenets of pop i.e. catchy melodies and sing-along choruses. The band’s style has been influenced by conventional indie pop, psychedelic music, vaudeville and music hall on their earlier releases and by afrobeat, funk, krautrock and reggae on their recent releases.

The band’s style has been known to change between albums. At first, the band embraced a more simple, quirky, lo-fi indie pop sound, which occasionally bordered on twee pop. The band was created by Kevin Barnes and named after a failed romance with a woman from Montreal, though the story changes in various interviews. Barnes was the only member of the “group” prior to his relocation to Athens, Georgia. There, he met Derek Almstead, later of Circulatory System, M Coast, Elf Power etc., and Bryan Poole, who also performs as The Late B.P. Helium.

Together, they recorded their first album, Cherry Peel, as well as The Bird Who Continues to Eat the Rabbit’s Flower and The Bedside Drama: A Petite Tragedy.


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  • XDRory

    Kevin's speedy work ethic really is a blessing

    Yesterday 3:46pm Reply
  • Nagsworth

    I just heard "One of a Very Few of a Kind" the other day. I can't believe I've never heard that song before, it's one of the best I've heard by them. My god man that kazoo solo.

    27 Sep 7:57pm Reply
  • hashtagbluejay

    Yay 1 million listeners!

    26 Sep 11:44pm Reply
  • RespectableChap

    Almost 1 million listeners, 20 to go

    26 Sep 12:20am Reply
  • Nagsworth

    prog-pop inspired by talking heads and t. rex? YES FUCKIN PLEASE KEVVO

    25 Sep 12:50pm Reply
  • Eddicus-Catico

    new album is a coming!!! quite excite.

    25 Sep 6:32am Reply
  • Witheredpieces

    Icons, Abstract Thee my favorite was well worth buying the Japanese issue of Hissing Fauna because it was included as a bonus :D

    23 Sep 7:34am Reply
  • RespectableChap

    So how stupid would it be to go as Kevin for Halloween?

    21 Sep 12:21am Reply
  • Jimushyn

    why they r so amazing

    17 Sep 3:07am Reply
  • Evan___

    @ strange-era "I accidentally listened to the entirety of Daughter of Cloud earlier while speaking to this vaguely chubby but extremely hot guy on grindr and I have to say, I have the most sudden and intense appreciation for it." this comment ftw

    11 Sep 3:27pm Reply
  • willett25

    Kevin Barnes' vocal work on "Faberge Falls For Shuggie" never cease to awe me, and it keeps up with the rockier movement of this playlist. Check it out here!-

    1 Sep 10:11pm Reply
  • sls

    I say, if David Bowie can be a "rock and rollin' bitch for you", Kevin can use that word too. It's hard to get your oM freak on if you're handcuffed by the PC police. (Handcuffed to bed by tranny is OK though)

    16 Aug 7:48pm Reply
  • jmhbluenose

    I hear wharf too

    14 Aug 4:42pm Reply
  • Eddicus-Catico

    really in "and i've seen a bloody shadow" it sounded more like woof to me. this digital woof. woof woof woof.

    12 Aug 10:30am Reply
  • SirGhostly

    other than that he's really good at what he does and i mostly look up to him

    11 Aug 2:44am Reply
  • SirGhostly

    forgive me for sounding like the pc police or whatever you call it, but kevin sure does use a lot of derogatory slurs that he... shouldn't be using

    11 Aug 2:28am Reply
  • SirGhostly

    anyone else notice how whenever he says "wolf" it sounds like "wharf"? seriously, listen to "and i've seen a bloody shadow" and "colossus" and tell me it doesn't sound like he's saying "digital wharf" and "i've become such a wharf around you"

    10 Aug 2:58pm Reply
  • jmhbluenose

    Hissing+Skeletal 4 life

    29 Jul 11:38am Reply
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  • strange-era

    I accidentally listened to the entirety of Daughter of Cloud earlier while speaking to this vaguely chubby but extremely hot guy on grindr and I have to say, I have the most sudden and intense appreciation for it.

    6 Jul 12:18am Reply
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