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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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  • 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
  • Pastiche1

    uhhhh

    18 Jul 12:16pm Reply
  • 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
  • Weatherweather

    year after year I fall back into that of Montreal pit where I find myself listening to it exclusively for a week

    5 Jul 4:18pm Reply
  • Fall__

    Forgot how delicious they were. False Priest definitely grew on me. Great fun!

    4 Jul 10:35pm Reply
  • fieldmuzick

    documentary is awesome, lots of insight about the early days! recommended!

    1 Jul 1:57pm Reply
  • mordwyr

    Wanna watch the new documentary!

    27 Jun 4:55am Reply
  • Avant-Garde_Fan

    False Priest is underrated album

    22 Jun 5:01am Reply
  • Kucakykylol

    Show in Moscow was amazing, 9/10 would go again.

    19 Jun 10:04pm Reply
  • natalyesaurus

    http://berlinbeat.org/2014/03/14/interview-of-montreal/

    16 Jun 8:33am Reply
  • SirGhostly

    i definitely wouldn't mind another paralytic stalks

    3 Jun 8:27pm Reply
  • jmhbluenose

    Man, False Priest has grown on me so much. Skeletal Lamping flamboyancy + Hissing Fauna song structures + killer production = FP

    2 Jun 2:58pm Reply
  • electrobaboon

    I hope the next album is more similar to Paralytic Stalks. Lousy With Sylvianbriar was great, but I prefer Kevin when he does mental psychedelic pop stuff like Ye, Renew the Plaintiff.

    1 Jun 9:23am Reply
  • hashtagbluejay

    Would suck dick to see these guys live.

    30 May 5:59am Reply
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