Live Show: of Montreal Hits High Dive
Prior to the release of their 13th studio album, “Aureate Gloom,” the indescribable band, of Montreal, will make a pit stop in little ol’ Gainesville as a part of their trek through the South.
The eclectic indie-pop band, composed of lead singer Kevin Barnes, Clayton Rychlik, Jojo Glidewell, Bob Parins and Bennett Lewis, is known for delivering memorable, one-of-a-kind shows and incomparable sound, and will be performing at High Dive on Thursday, along with opening act Nedelle Torrisi.
The short run, spotting the continental South and spanning the month of January, is likely a precursor for their aforementioned upcoming album, in the wake of the release of the new track, “Empyrean Abattoir,” from said album, which is scheduled for release March 3.
The band’s musical stylings are ever-changing and range from flamboyant glam pop with catchy, shout-along choruses to funky, psychedelic musings.
In interviews, Barnes, the band’s lead singer, describes the upcoming album as a chaotic upheaval, spanning a multitude of genres he experimented with in an attempt to reestablish his identity. The emotional rollercoaster Barnes has ridden was documented and released in the 2014 documentary “The Past Is a Grotesque Animal.”
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If the album is described as chaotic, imagine how out of control the live shows will be.
The band’s crazed antics during their wild shows have made headlines before, including in 2008 when lead singer Barnes performed atop a white horse on stage and, during that same performance, seemingly hanged himself on a noose. He’s still alive though. I promise, he’s not a zombie, though I wouldn’t put it past him to devour brains or other human organs while on stage Thursday.
And it doesn’t stop there. The band has also performed in drag, crowd-surfed in an inflatable raft while wearing pink body suits and terrifying pig masks and frolicked on stage in a busty bat costume. The theatrical genius of of Montreal radiates an air of bona fide authenticity, unlike artists that rely on shock factor to make up for their subtle averageness.
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Tickets for the show on Thursday, Jan. 15, are still available at ticketweb.com, High Dive and Hear Again downtown. Doors open at 8 p.m.
Feature photo courtesy of: Pop Press International