Concert Review: Of Montreal at The Paradise in Boston, MA
Reviewed by: Sally Feller
It’s been three days since I heard Of Montreal at their sold-out show at Paradise Rock Club in Allston, MA, and I’m still processing it. I left the venue feeling like I just stepped out of a David Lynch movie. There were dudes with black unitards and pig and tiger masks, chaotic Willy Wonka’s crazy boat ride visuals on the screen behind the band, a dude in a skirt, a girl in an 80s party dress, and band members in greenscreen-ready shirts. I can certainly say that these guys can put on an entertaining show, whether or not you’re enough of a hipster to handle it—that’s for you to decide.
Of Montreal rocked the crowd with new and old tunes, the most memorable being “A Sentence of Sorts in Kongsvinger,” that even got the emo hipsters with their hands jammed in their skinny jeans jumping around like they were 13-year-old girls at a Backstreet Boys concert. The band mastered the art of entertaining and captivating the audience with unusual props, visuals, and costumes, in much the same way they mix different genres into their songs to create a full and unique sound.
If you go to their show and feel like you’ve just stepped into another era, of the glam-rock variety, you wouldn’t be alone. Kevin Barnes’ voice rings of falsetto notes, emo anger, punk angst, and rough-cut rock, all of which combines in a sound that pulls at your heartstrings like Lifetime TV does to middle-aged women. Does Barnes’ look like he bought his clothes from the women’s section of Urban Outfitters? Yes. Do I care after I hear him sing? Not so much. In fact, now I just want to borrow his sweet pink/red skinny jeans.
Be prepared, when you go to an Of Montreal show, you become part of the act. You’re sucked into their craziness and find yourself just going along with it as if it were normal. Sure, guys in their underwear on stage holding up apples and a skull (Hamlet? What?) is cool. Sure, feeding said underwear-clad men? Of course…they look hungry. Confetti shooting into the crowd as they scream with joy and anticipation? It’s an Of Montreal show! Get yourself to one.
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Catch Of Montreal on tour:
January 25 – Baltimore, MD – Ram’s Head Live – AA **
January 26 – New York, NY – Highline Ballroom – AA **
January 27 – Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club – 18+ **
January 28 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club – AA **
January 29 – Norfolk, VA – The Norva – AA **
January 30 – Richmond, VA – The National – AA **
February 3 – Athens, GA – 40 Watt Club – 18+
February 4 – Athens, GA – 40 Watt Club – 18+ **
February 5 – Asheville, NC – The Orange Peel – 16+ **
February 6 – Nashville, TN – Cannery Ballroom – 18+ **