Posted in music | pictures on October 13, 2008

photos by Kurt Christensen, words by Andrew Frisicano

of Montreal

I was able to easily grab tickets at the door of Of Montreal's Friday night show at Roseland Ballroom. Though Love is All had already finished their opening set before I made my way to the main room, I caught their cover of "I Ran (So Far Away)," which I also heard at their Market Hotel show over the summer, from the entrance way.

Most notably, Of Montreal made good on their promise to amp up their stage show. Standing on a field of risers and platforms, the band performed before a row of projectors while a troupe of costumed actors wheeled in props and sets to illustrate the night's songs and transitions. The various background tableaux ranged from a Western saloon scene to the life, death, and resurrection of Kevin Barnes (or at least his onstage persona Georgie Fruit), both distracting from and adding to the music at different points in the night.

The peak of the onstage theatrics came mid-set during "St. Exquisite's Confessions," when Kevin Barnes mounted a nervous looking white pony (editor's note: WTF??), singing the song's first minute or so from atop it.

For whatever reason, most of the crowd stood feet planted, arms-crossed, moving only when provoked by "She's a Rejector" and other older songs. I suspect that the lackluster response stemmed from unfamiliarity with the mostly-new Skeletal Lamping material (the album isn't actually out until Oct 21, though copies could be had at the merch table) paired with the impersonality of the huge room.

For the encore, the band performed an unironic, straight ahead cover of "Smells like Teen Spirit" before closing with "Gronlandic Edit." Overall, the show was a good time, but lacked the communal party atmosphere of past Of Montreal shows I've been to.

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Comments (55)

lol at the horse...i love this band.

Posted by Anonymous | October 13, 2008 10:14 AM

Good Lord...this is basically a traveling circus. How much money does it cost to put on a show like this in a different city every night?!?

Posted by blackhat | October 13, 2008 10:22 AM

holy moly. guess beck was the wrong choice for friday night. anyone got a setlist? do the play anything from satanic panic anymore?

Posted by Anonymous | October 13, 2008 10:24 AM

Of Montreal trying to make up for shitty music by parading a circus up there...

Posted by Anonymous | October 13, 2008 10:27 AM

lol the extra large fanny pack...gotta gives them props for taking it waaaaay over the top

Posted by Anonymous | October 13, 2008 10:28 AM

"...The [c]rowd stood feet planted, arms-crossed..."

It was exactly the opposite!

Posted by Anonymous | October 13, 2008 10:31 AM

remember when these guys were releasing good music and not pouring all their energy into garbage like this?

Posted by nick | October 13, 2008 10:37 AM

No. I don't remember when they made good music.

Posted by Anonymous | October 13, 2008 10:51 AM

When their horses break their legs and are no longer able to perform, they sell them to Outback Steakhouse!

Posted by Anonymous | October 13, 2008 10:55 AM

"It was exactly the opposite!"

the venue is so big. It probably was the people way up front.

Posted by Anonymous | October 13, 2008 10:56 AM

In my experience of the show, the crowd certainly did not have a "lackluster response"; it was the most frenetic concert-experience I have been to in a crowd for a long time! And I think their music is fabulous!

Posted by Rachel | October 13, 2008 11:04 AM

It was epic. I think they played this:

Id Engager
So Begins Our Alabee
Triphallus, to Punctuate!
She's A Rejector
For Our Elegant Caste
Touched Something's Hollow
An Eluardian Instance
Heimdalsgate Like A Promethean Curse
Gallery Piece
Wraith Pinned To The Mist & Other Games
Women's Studies Victims
St.Exquisite's Confessions
Ero's Entropic Tundra
Nonpareil of Favor
October Is Eternal
Wicked Wisdom
Disconnect The Dots
Our Spring Is Sweet Not Fleeting (?)
And I've Seen a Bloody Shadow
Plastis Wafers
Death Is Not a Parallel Move
Beware Our Nubile Miscreants
Mingusings
A Sentence Of Sorts In Kongsvinger
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Nirvana's Smells Like Teen Spirit
Gronlandic Edit

Posted by Eduardo | October 13, 2008 11:28 AM

Yeah, I also disagree with the "reviewer" I don't know where he was standing but the front row was pure madness. I also heard an 18 year old boy have a nervous breakdown when Andrew from MGMT played guitar for the encore, hahaha. Here are some more photos:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/ihateanarchists/sets/72157607919701896/

Posted by Natasha | October 13, 2008 11:52 AM

Of Montreal today is like Bowie at his ultimate nadir in '87 on the Glass Spider Tour with all sorts of insipid bullshit

Posted by Anonymous | October 13, 2008 11:54 AM

I thought the crowd was pretty nuts. I was closer to the back and the place seemed to eat everything up the entire night.

Posted by mp77 | October 13, 2008 12:03 PM

wow

Posted by Anonymous | October 13, 2008 12:15 PM

some douchebag kept on stealing these kids ciggs and joints to feed off of their misery. The guy didn't even work at roseland, he just took it right out of their mouths and threw it on the floor.
obviously this guy doesn't know what it's like being a kid. he was probably born with those shitty ass mutton chops and vest that he most likely bought at urban outfitters.
fucking hipster ruined the whole show for everyone trying to have fun

Posted by Anonymous | October 13, 2008 12:15 PM

Yeah the crowd was nuts, I don't know what bv's talkin' about.

Really great show.

Posted by anonymous | October 13, 2008 12:16 PM

pic 21 - It's My Dick In A Box!!

Posted by the jim | October 13, 2008 12:21 PM

"Of Montreal today is like Bowie at his ultimate nadir in '87 on the Glass Spider Tour with all sorts of insipid bullshit"

If you saw a concert in '87, you're old. Go away.

Posted by Anonymous | October 13, 2008 12:41 PM

Who was the guest guitarist who joined the band for Smells Like Teen Spirit?

Posted by prometheus | October 13, 2008 12:57 PM

i have it on DVD behtch!

Posted by Anonymous | October 13, 2008 12:59 PM

was all the pageantry for this show or is the whole tour gonna be like this.

nuts (in a box).

Posted by Anonymous | October 13, 2008 1:07 PM

They're going to have skits and what not for the rest of the tour but the videographer said that the horse, Nirvana, and the coffin were only for NYC.

Guest guitarist was Andrew from MGMT.

Best part of the show was when a shaving-cream covered Kevin Barnes lept into the audience to give a fan a hug. Those kids definitely went wild.

Posted by kathryn | October 13, 2008 1:12 PM

the show was definitely fun, but, too many songs from skeletal lamping. Also, unlike a year ago at Roseland (which was spectacular), they didn't use a backing synth/percussion/drum machine track, which I think kept things together a little better.

Posted by Anonymous | October 13, 2008 1:16 PM

funniest pictures I've ever seen.

what a setlist!

Posted by Anonymous | October 13, 2008 1:32 PM

It was a great night

Posted by Anonymous | October 13, 2008 1:56 PM

This was definitely one of the craziest and most fun concerts I have ever seen. There was so much going on, st times I didn't know where to point my camera.

Posted by Kurt C. | October 13, 2008 2:12 PM

No "The Past Is A Grotesque Animal" or "Your Magic Is Working"? Setlist fail.

Posted by Anonymous | October 13, 2008 2:39 PM

this show was mind blowing. i was halfway back from the stage and i have never seen a crowd move like that. i have never moved like that! i will never forget this show!

Posted by jeb | October 13, 2008 2:58 PM

Call me crazy but it looks like Mr. Barnes was smuggling some plums (2nd pic). Wearing super tight pants is dangerous business.

Posted by Anonymous | October 13, 2008 3:05 PM

This is the Pitchfork equivalent of explosions and smoke and flames at a Metallica concert. The Nirvana tune only confirms that there's nothing going on here worth paying attention to.

Posted by Anonymous | October 13, 2008 5:31 PM

Nothing going on here? I am so sick of all you supposed music lovers who can't appreciate a band that is trying to push the envelope while remaining talented and legit. Of Montreal has been around for a long time, and their popularity is a testament to hard work and creativity that keeps their music fresh. So what if they want to put on a crazy stage production? That's their perogative and their fans appreciate it. I'm sorry you prefer to watch a band stare at their feet while crying about some bitch who dumped their asses. There's a reason why your favorite band, which I'm guessing you probably only like because Pitchfork HATES it (which of course, you HAD to mention...soooo 2007), will be gone tomorrow. Get a over yourself and continue searching for porn online.

Posted by fedup | October 13, 2008 6:57 PM

This show was one of the best things I've ever done with my life. Kevin Barnes is a musical genius

Posted by Shannon | October 13, 2008 7:01 PM

^^^ haven't seen them on this tour but saw them on the last two tours. incredible. I think the genius tag is completely warranted.

Posted by Anonymous | October 13, 2008 9:02 PM

i saw them last year and it was amazing im pretty sad i missed this, however i went to man man at websters, which truly was fucking crazy. great live band, well both are.

Posted by Anonymous | October 13, 2008 9:39 PM

i was at this show, and i didn't enjoy the music very much (sounded over-rehearsed, and almost like club music, with too much of that 'night at the roxbury'-style mindless thumping for my taste). but i have to say that the reviewer here, one Andrew Frisicano, is just straight up lying to purport that this show lacked the "communal party atmosphere" of recent of montreal shows. i've been to the last 4 shows they've played in new york (i don't think i missed one), and to suggest that the crowd wasn't freaking the fuck out to at least the same extent as they were at the last 4 is total nonsense. this was not subjective. the guy had an agenda in writing this. lame.

Posted by Anonymous | October 13, 2008 10:52 PM

wow amazing. they did all this shit AND played music?!?!! I have to catch them when they roll around my hood.

Posted by Anonymous | October 13, 2008 11:59 PM

this show was amazing. they had a great setlist, and it was a lovely, surprise when they played Eros' Entropic Tundra. And I listened to Skeletal Lamping a lot in the weeks before the concert so I could rock out to every song.

Posted by Anonymous | October 14, 2008 12:22 AM

The last two Of Montreal albums are arguably the two strangest albums they have released, Skeletal Lamping in particular. The Outback and T-Mobile deals are kind of irritating, but I would probably say it's worth it if it allows them to keep putting on shows like this.

Haters will hate, but the fact is that the band played a huge, packed-out show to a crowd that ate it up, even if most of the material was from the new, officially unreleased album. Mr. Frisicano's review is way off base and reeks of smugness, like he's trying to score points for seeing OM way back when or name dropping Market Hotel. How cool.

Posted by feedbacker | October 14, 2008 12:25 AM

Yes i was up in the front and the crowd was completely ridiculous the whole night.
Yes the horse and Nirvana were only for NYC, but they have been doing the coffin the past couple nights of the tour as well.
A setlist shouldn't be too hard to find because I do believe they are playing the same set the entire tour to match up with all the theatrics.

"i have it on DVD behtch!"--- YOU HAVE IT ON DVD?!!!! GIMME!

Posted by Shannon | October 14, 2008 5:44 PM

Does anyone remember when this band played Maxwells in 2004? They opened up for the Thrills...

Posted by Anonymous | October 16, 2008 1:37 PM

THIS IS INSANE I WISH I WAS THERE

Posted by Anonymous | October 17, 2008 6:47 PM

good sharing

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Posted by flash oyun | March 12, 2009 6:26 AM

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Posted by flash oyun | March 12, 2009 6:31 AM

A set list shouldn't be too hard to find because I do believe they are playing the same set the entire tour to match up with all the theatrics.

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Posted by teknoloji | December 20, 2009 10:14 AM

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Posted by haber | December 20, 2009 10:17 AM

his was definitely one of the craziest and most fun concerts I have ever seen. There was so much going on, st times I didn't know where to point my camera.

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