Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Of Montreal

It is definitely an experience entering a concert venue with no preconceived notions about the performer.  It is actually kind of a refreshing change.  Yes, it is true that you do not have the benefit of being able to sing along when your favorite song comes along, but you won’t be disappointed if the performance is not what you expected.  Of Montreal is the band that played on the damp London night of July Fourteenth.  And let me tell you, this was an experience to remember.  Since I had no prior knowledge of this band, I was positively amazed at their use of actors dressed up in a variety of costumes during their shrilling songs.  My favorite act occurred during one of the beginning numbers when a man in a gas mask brought out wrapped gifts to three other players wearing pajamas, presumably to parallel the Christmas setting.  The first two opened their gifts and received gas masks of their own, which they eagerly and excitedly put over their heads.  The third gets gassed in a dramatic fashion that impressively corresponds to the song being played by the band.  All of these mini numbers were so creative and unusual that my eyes were glued to the stage.  Bands usually do not incorporate these artistic devices to supplement their performance, but Of Montreal thrives in this kind of setting.  Even the band mates themselves were dressed in crazy garments.  The purpose is pure entertainment.  Their uniqueness demonstrates that they are not the type to follow a crowd.  Their personalities shine immensely on the colorfully lit up stage.  Of Montreal is a chaotic, bizarre, and outrageous band that makes perfect sense.

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