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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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  • RespectableChap

    Glammed out hypergalactic bullshit is why I listen to oM

    Yesterday 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


    22 Feb 1:04pm Reply
  • songdep

    CD just came in the mail today! Holy shit... According to the inside, the band is made up of Kevin, Clayton Rychlik, Robert Parins, Bennett Lewis, Josiph Glidewell, and Kishi Bashi.

    21 Feb 10:19pm Reply
  • Semi-Mental

    Just who exactly is in the current version of the band? I can't figure it out at all.

    21 Feb 2:56pm Reply
  • RespectableChap

    Listening to the romantic songs on the older albums is quite sad, knowing what the new material is like.

    20 Feb 5:08pm Reply
  • Eddicus-Catico

    fun times

    14 Feb 4:32pm Reply
  • Hulelam

    Virgilian Lots -

    10 Feb 10:28am Reply
  • Hulelam

    I tend to enjoy Kevs voice no matter how he uses it.

    10 Feb 10:27am Reply
  • jmhbluenose

    I'm not trying to say that he's never spoke-sang before, I'm trying to say that he didn't do it for the majority of his best works and that it sounds like crap on Bassem Sabry. And if you seriously think the vocal style on The Past is a Grotesque Animal is anything like the stuff on Aureate Gloom I really can't help you, it's so much less abrasive and upfront

    8 Feb 9:43pm Reply
  • RespectableChap

    Are you really going to use the album with The Past is a Grotesque Animal as an example of a period where he didn't 'speak-sing'?

    8 Feb 2:03am Reply
  • Weatherweather


    7 Feb 10:21pm Reply
  • Pastiche1

    Kevin "talk-singing" on his first material from 1993-1996. I realize your main exposure to the band is Hissing Fauna, but you can't discount his early material because you're trying to make some implausible point.

    7 Feb 10:02pm Reply
  • jmhbluenose

    Just compare Bassem Sabry to something like Sink The Seine, the difference is night and day

    7 Feb 7:55pm Reply
  • jmhbluenose

    Don't tell me that Kevin always used this singing style because he didn't. And actually yes I would like him to return to using a more melodic voice a la Sunlandic/Hissing and even Skeletal; I think he was at his vocal peak then and that his voice is pretty grating these days

    7 Feb 7:48pm Reply
  • CureVaNiNawl

    he sounds so much Lou Reed when he sings the aforementioned lines

    7 Feb 3:03pm Reply
  • coloured_stripe

    That whole summer was really jos toooo…… peculiaaaa

    5 Feb 8:45pm Reply
  • CureVaNiNawl


    5 Feb 5:37pm Reply
  • XDRory

    You're complaining about of Montreal sounding like of Montreal

    4 Feb 4:37pm Reply
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