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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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  • SnowandWhisky

    Thank you needledrop.

    12 May 1:56pm Reply
  • Admiralbjorn

    past is a grotesque animal at islington was a religious experience

    4 May 3:47pm Reply
  • poor_lenore

    joining the people below me several days late in saying islington was a valuable/wild experience and everyone should see of montreal live at least once in their lives

    26 Apr 5:14pm Reply
  • RespectableChap

    Kevin fucked the suburbs outta me

    24 Apr 2:24am Reply
  • FelipeSah

    never thought I'd get to see them live but now I can say oM at Islington was easily the most fun concert I've ever been to

    23 Apr 10:03pm Reply
  • Nagsworth

    SHIT WAS FUCKING FIRE AT ISLINGTON ASSEMBLY HALLS LAST NIGHT! I WAS NOT EXPECTING TO HEAR "THE PARTY'S CRASHING US" OH BOY, WHAT A FUCKING NIGHT, WHAT A FUCKING BAND/MAN

    23 Apr 1:52pm Reply
  • sunheadbowed

    It was about time they released a live album!

    21 Apr 5:11am Reply
  • Hulelam

    Imagine an oM last.fm page where the picture ever matched the current lineup

    17 Apr 11:43pm Reply
  • HushSettleDown

    This band gave me ADHD.

    12 Apr 9:07pm Reply
  • unknownmosquito

    Am I the only one that hears Bowie on Aluminum Crown?

    9 Apr 3:48pm Reply
  • sschol

    the new album is the first of theirs i've enjoyed in the past like 5 years

    25 Mar 1:34am Reply
  • hbkaneonite

    I love this album :-D Your shifty friend gave you a cactus for a gift.......

    17 Mar 10:30pm Reply
  • sls

    it's no Sunlandic Twins.

    15 Mar 4:12am Reply
  • R-Mac

    Well, like... you're the most inaccurate reference for life dude. >_> maybe it's not the most accurate. i knew that as i was typing. it's a damn good album, I'll say that

    13 Mar 1:45am Reply
  • XDRory

    Aureate Gloom has got it. I don't know what "it" is, but it has it.

    7 Mar 6:48pm Reply
  • Pastiche1

    "04-05 montrizzy" is the most inaccurate reference for this album ever?

    6 Mar 12:46am Reply
  • RespectableChap

    Glammed out hypergalactic bullshit is why I listen to oM

    4 Mar 1:09am Reply
  • Dream-core

    Новый альбом ^_^

    3 Mar 10:27am Reply
  • R-Mac

    do i need to say it? the new album is FIRREEEEEE. like they dropped all that glammed out hypergalactic bullshit and went straight back to 04-05 montrizzy and it's FLAMES. top 10 for the year, i'm calling it fucking now.

    1 Mar 1:48am Reply
  • Dantop

    great

    22 Feb 1:04pm Reply
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