of Montreal @ Granada

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I can never really get into a conversation with someone about of Montreal before I naturally dive into telling them about what I saw at the concert–how Kevin Barnes was sexy, how bizarre the artwork is, how they did a song once for Outback Steakhouse. I’m going to try to change that. Seeing of Montreal at the Granada in Dallas was, again, a wonderful time. One can always expect a visual spectacle, sexual madness, and auditory gladness.

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Words by Tamales Tolimenses. Photos by Anna “HashBrowns” Vernon.

I had read an interview with of Montreal front-man Kevin Barnes that implied that they were going to incorporate their theatrics into the entire show, which as luck would have it, consisted of Janelle Monae as the opening act. I waited in the front row for what seemed like seven god days for her to take the stage. I had only heard a few songs, and I am not very much accustomed to her style of music which fuses pop, funk, and r&b with a little…Daniel Johnston riff?…. Maybe I was the only one who caught this as I have not seen anyone mention it. Nonetheless, I heard “Despair Came Knocking” after her first song. The listening experience was very easy to groove and shake to. Taking the stage with two Andre 3000 look-a-likes, she fit into her category very well. Her style and voice was impeccable as she danced and sang her way through a set which featured her newest album, The ArchAndroid. The theatrics were there as there were many different creatures to take the stage, but her voice was the selling point as she sang solo when she performed the song, “Smile.” Check out all of HashBrowns shots of Janelle Monae here.

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of Montreal definitely had a hell of a task ahead after Janelle’s performance. The beginning of the concert started with the eery song, “Black Lion Massacre.” During the song two creatures which seemed to be dressed as fish brandished shotguns and they seemed to play on the dark madness by pointing them at the crowd. Kevin Barnes, in a way that I thought Prince could execute, dominated the set list with his falsetto voice followed by, unlike last time, blatant sexuality. At one point he simulated intercourse with a pig as her male counterpart watched as he was eaten by creatures. He confronted the pig and asked her, “So is this some weird fetish thing. Does your man like to see you get fucked while he gets eaten.” After, it hurts to say, but mulling through the first three songs of the set, it was ON. Enough of the display of sex, the creatures, and all of the other eye catching shenanigans.

The set-list consisted of songs from the earlier albums, Sunlandic Twins, Hissing Fauna Are You the Destroyer, and Skeletal Lamping. I have listened to their newest album False Priest, and I was looking forward to see how they would execute the album. The last show, the band used a drum sequencer, but this time the entire set was stripped and raw. The purity of their act climaxed at the encore whenever they played “The Past Is a Grotesque Animal” for a screaming fan base which, by that time, was thrown into hysteria by what they had witnessed. The crowd at the Granada was the loudest I had ever heard in that sort of capacity. of Montreal truly left the stage with their souls spent and they left a well pleased audience. The faces that were so pretty and done up at the beginning had all been impregnated by a sweaty night with Janelle Monae and of Montreal.

Setlist:

Black Lion Massacre > Coquet Coquette > The Party’s Crashing Us > Suffer for Fashion > Our Riotous Defects > Like A Tourist > Sex Karma > Girl Named Hello > Plastis Wafer > You Do Mutilate? > Gronlandic Edit > Hydra Fancies > She’s a Rejecter > Casualty of You > Oslo in the Summertime > Heimsdalsgate Like a Promethean Curse > For Our Elegant Caste > A Sentence Of Sorts In Kongsvinger > encore The Past is a Grotesque Animal

Get a recording of the show here.

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