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Of Montreal blend indie rock with eccentric fashion and dance during at The Mohawk in Austin, Texas

There are plenty of bands that are notable for their eccentric stage presence. Insane Clown Posse, Gwar, Daft Punk are a few that come to mind, but one band that stands out amongst the rest are the indie pop band; Of Montreal.

Derived from Athens, Georgia, the now 22 year old band is led by lead singer Kevin Barnes whom is notorious for his expression through lyrics and live performances. The band has released a whopping 15 albums, each being significantly unique from one another. With the release of their newest album, White Is Relic/Irrealis Mood, the band continues to provide consistency with thorough songwriting and one of a kind instrumental harmonies

It was a cold, rainy, Sunday night when we caught the band outside at Austin’s famous Mohawk venue. Opening up the night, was Portland based band; Reptaliens. The band provided a parallel, bizarre intro similar to that of Of Montreals. Throughout the set, the audience was showcased with several, weird outfits worn by their percussionist which helped create the perfect warm up for the headliner.

Quickly following the openers, David Barnes (brother of Kevin Barnes) delivered a powerful intro, as his brother bursted onto stage. Instantly, the night kicked into gear as the band dispatched a rich, surplus of energy. The set consisted of Kevin in various outfit changes ranging from dresses to sporty school girl. Through the night, Kevin and his many backup dancers synchronized in motion and style up until the very last note was played.

Without a doubt, Of Montreal will always be one of my favorite acts to see. Every show is a new experience and not to be missed. Be sure to catch the band as they wrap up their North American tour!

Ryan Rose
Ryan Rose is a photographer originally from Pennsylvania who currently lives in Portland, Oregon. More of her work can be found at justryanrose.com.

Of Montreal blend indie rock with eccentric fashion and dance during at The Mohawk in Austin, Texas

There are plenty of bands that are notable for their eccentric stage presence. Insane Clown Posse, Gwar, Daft Punk are a few that come to mind, but one band that stands out amongst the rest are the indie pop band; Of Montreal.

Derived from Athens, Georgia, the now 22 year old band is led by lead singer Kevin Barnes whom is notorious for his expression through lyrics and live performances. The band has released a whopping 15 albums, each being significantly unique from one another. With the release of their newest album, White Is Relic/Irrealis Mood, the band continues to provide consistency with thorough songwriting and one of a kind instrumental harmonies

It was a cold, rainy, Sunday night when we caught the band outside at Austin’s famous Mohawk venue. Opening up the night, was Portland based band; Reptaliens. The band provided a parallel, bizarre intro similar to that of Of Montreals. Throughout the set, the audience was showcased with several, weird outfits worn by their percussionist which helped create the perfect warm up for the headliner.

Quickly following the openers, David Barnes (brother of Kevin Barnes) delivered a powerful intro, as his brother bursted onto stage. Instantly, the night kicked into gear as the band dispatched a rich, surplus of energy. The set consisted of Kevin in various outfit changes ranging from dresses to sporty school girl. Through the night, Kevin and his many backup dancers synchronized in motion and style up until the very last note was played.

Without a doubt, Of Montreal will always be one of my favorite acts to see. Every show is a new experience and not to be missed. Be sure to catch the band as they wrap up their North American tour!

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