Of Montreal's debut album, Cherry Peel, appeared in 1997, followed that autumn by an EP entitled The Bird Who Continues to Eat the Rabbit's Flower. From the start, the band buoyed its flamboyant indie pop sound with elements of psychedelics and Vaudeville. After B.P. Helium left the group i... More
Of Montreal's debut album, Cherry Peel, appeared in 1997, followed that autumn by an EP entitled The Bird Who Continues to Eat the Rabbit's Flower. From the start, the band buoyed its flamboyant indie pop sound with elements of psychedelics and Vaudeville. After B.P. Helium left the group in 1998 to focus on a side project, Almstead assumed bass duties and keyboardist Dottie Alexander and drummer Jamie Huggins both joined the lineup. A.C. Forrester signed on for 1999's The Gay Parade, and the band continued to record progressive and conceptual albums effortlessly each year.
With the subsequent folding of record label Kindercore, the departure of members Gonzales and Almstead, and frontman Barnes' marriage, 2003 proved to be a momentous year for the group. Barnes' new wife, Nina, joined Of Montreal's lineup as the group signed to Polyvinyl Records and delivered one of their most celebrated records, Satanic Panic in the Attic, in 2004. The following albums explored a bouncier, synth-driven path with the release of Sunlandic Twins. Moving to his wife’s native Norway for the birth of their daughter, Barnes fell into a deep depression.
What came of the turmoil was the band’s best album yet, Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer? (2007). This album was most commercially successful yet, literally so in that "Wraith Pinned…” became the new Outback Steakhouse song and many other songs began to appear sporadically throughout TV. Arriving one year later, Skeletal Lamping furthered that ambitious sound by emphasizing Barnes' outrageous alter ego “Georgie Fruit," while pushing their pop boundaries and debuting at #38 on the Billboard 200, their best yet. This September of Montreal is expected to release False Priest, their tenth studio album which they are currently promoting while on tour with R&B singer/songwriter Janelle Monae, who will appear throughout their new album. Of Montreal will be at the House of Blues on September 16th.