show recap: of montreal
  • WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2009

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Photos By Lyndsey Matthews

The over-the-top antics at a live Of Montreal show provide the ideal visual candy to accompany their gleeful music. The Athens, GA based band peppered their nearly two hour set last Friday at New York's Terminal 5 with a series of skits. Performed by friends of the band, the visual accompaniment ranged from outlandish (a pair of pigs pretended to pork upon a pink-sheeted mattress) to disturbing (a family dinner ending with the mother being shot). On the whole, things were far more light-hearted than other Of Montreal shows, probably because a number of the musicians' children were in attendance and joined in the fun on stage for a few songs. They played songs from the full spectrum of their albums, moving away from heavily concentrating on last year's Skeletal Lamping material as they did earlier this year.



Following the pig sex scene, a group of goons lathered a raffish looking satyr's purple glitter bedecked torso with shaving cream. Soon after, he jumped into the crowd, smearing the front row with glitter and goop. Near the end of the set things spiraled downwards into a sort of classic rock jam. Bassist Davey Pierce wandered off to sit and play crossed-legged where Barnes' angel-haired children, dressed up in costumes and glitter makeup just like their dad, danced near the stage. Later on in the show half a dozen scantily clad women clambered into the spotlight and staged a pillow fight that ending in thousands of white feathers streaming into crowd, like a gleeful shower of confetti projected over fans at a Flaming Lips concert. The extreme theatrics of it all wasn't the only element that echoed a Lips experience. Though frontman/guitarist Kevin Barnes kept in between song banter at a minimum, when he did speak to the crowd it was usually in joyfully grand Wayne Coyne-esque statements like, "Be positive!" and "You are the chosen people!"

While Of Montreal's theatrics complement their music, opener Janelle Monae's android alter-ego schtick distracted from her astounding vocal capabilities. However, Barnes tapped into Monae's pure talent and incorporated her into Of Montreal's set, including not only a duet in the middle of the show (wearing matching black and white Russian mushroom hats), but also an encore with Solange Knowles. Check out the link below for more crazy photos.-lyndsey matthews


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Pictures:Of Montreal At Terminal Five
Of Montreal on Myspace

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