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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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  • sschol

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

    25 Mar 1:34am Reply
  • CureVaNiNawl

    What if Walter White had poopd his pantz in the pilot, instead of gotten cancer? would he go up to Skyler and be like "ehehe tuch mi zeenie!!!" and then Saul would go up to and say "sir you have pooped your pants and you need the best legal representation available in my humble opinion." Then Jesse would come up to Walt and go like "Yo Bitch, yo, I smoke meth, and you be like all about spellin' and sh!!ttin' your pants, bitch, yo"? Would Walter decided to have cooked meth to buy a new pair of pantz, because he poopd in his pants? Would Jesse tuch walter's butthole? And then Hank might be like "yo Gomie, my brother pooped his pants lol"

    24 Mar 12:35am Reply
  • TrackerMagazine

    'Aureate Gloom' Review @

    22 Mar 9:22pm 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
  • Eddicus-Catico

    9 Mar 7:53am 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
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  • 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
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