Concert Review: of Montreal in Stockholm

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Monday night me and Moomin went to an of Montreal gig at Medborgarplatsen in Stockholm. Amazing stuff. Seven musicians on stage, everybody swapping instruments all the time, three mimes prancing around in weird masks, psychedelic animated films on the backdrop, and a solid 90 minutes of intricate pop music, everything tightly rehearsed. I’m glad I had done my homework on the new album, because this isn’t the kind of music that you get the first time around — particularly not with so-so live sound quality.

The last time I caught the band live, they ended their set by covering Sabbath’s “War Pigs”. This time they covered another great song for an encore. The choice of song however — Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” — and the searing lead vocals did nothing to calm my fears for of Montreal central-figure Kevin Barnes’s long-term emotional sustainability.

And I forget
Just what it takes
And yet I guess it makes me smile
I found it hard
It’s hard to find
Oh well, whatever, nevermind

The kid who wrote those lines ain’t with us any more.

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