Of Montreal at the Ready... Room • 11/15
While Of Montreal is not actually from Montreal, the band’s music has been known to take listeners to faraway places. The Athens, Georgia collective delivers a psych-jam experience that encompasses everything from ‘60s psychedelia to ‘80s synth-pop.
Of Montreal will bring its eclectic style to The Ready Room in November in support of its March release White Is Relic/Irrealis Mood. Singer-songwriter Kevin Barnes says the album came about after he experienced what he describes as “Simulated Reality” paranoia.
“I feel like a switch was recently turned on in my brain and now I'm beginning to see through the lies that have been fed to me my whole life by the masters of media and by those who control and manipulate the narrative of our cultural identity and social order,” he says.
Armed with this realization and the works of a diverse range of authors including Noam Chomsky, Angela Davis, and Ta-Nehisi Coates, Barnes crafted a collection of songs that feels like an MDMA-fueled journey through a crowded dance club.
Photo • Ebru Yildi
The unabashed embrace of emotional crises has allowed Of Montreal to create some of the most affective work in American indie pop. Concert-goers will feel that with the band’s live performance, which has been called “transportative” for its theatrics and psychedelic elements. After 20+ years of coloring outside the lines with its music, it’s only fitting that Barnes and Co. would have a show to match. --BA