with A Hawk and a Hacksaw
By Lash Bower
It’s finally dawning on you that of Montreal is your favorite band. I’ll spare you the superlative laudation of The Elephant Six recording collective from which of Montreal emerged bright-eyed and full of promise more than a decade ago. You already know all about it. You’re their biggest fan.
Founded in Athens, Ga., in 1997, of Montreal began as a lo-fi twee-pop outfit fronted by adequately eyeshadowed indie minstrel Kevin Barnes. of Montreal, a name born from Barnes’ failed romance with a woman from the Canadian city, is an impeccably crafted indie dance-pop quintet complete with the requisite Brian-
Early incarnations sound most like fellow Elephant Six alumnus Beulah--a disoriented jangle of kindergarten love poems and tin-can recording modus. But relentless touring and recording, the eventual dissolution of Elephant Six, and the subsequent relocation to the Polyvinyl label where the band currently resides, have lent of Montreal an air of maturity. Once a gummy exaggeration of trendy ’90s garage rock, Barnes has guided the band from a staggering and unsure adolescence into a sage—although oft-
of Montreal’s latest release, Hissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer?, also due this Tuesday, Jan. 23, gives fans what you’ve been waiting for: a frenzied, rhythmic pop compendium peppered with sweet and sour love-
Given of Montreal’s penchant for costume changes and elaborate makeup, this show will likely be the audacious space jam you’ve come to expect from your favorite band.
of Montreal will play at the Launchpad on Tuesday, Jan. 23, with A Hawk and a Hacksaw. Tickets are $12 and $15, available at virtuous.com and Natural Sound, or without a service fee at the door. Doors open at 7 p.m. All-ages.
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