Metro – Chicago, IL
Performing to a sold out crowd is an achievement on its own. When you’re of Montreal and have 10 Albums behind it should be more of an expectation. Of Montreal returned to their most loyal city, and Chicago fans playing to a sold out show at the Metro.
Their new Album Paralytic Stalks like most all of the lead singer’s, Kevin Barnes, albums is a personal reflection yet he did mention that It would not be an instantly gratifying collective and that it would take time to take it all in as a whole. Taking this into consideration, it was expected that their tour for Paralytic Stalks would be way chilled out and less theatrical then their past. Yet, compared to other shows they only performed a small fraction of songs from their current album.
Their show started off with “Gelid Ascent”, from Paralytic Stalks, as they introduced colorful projected images onto their set. A dapper Kevin Barnes stepped onstage wearing a trim grey suit while keeping in touch with his signature effeminate stage persona through wearing a red ruffle button up and electric blue eye shadow. While the set tone was bit more serious it did however pick up as they performed songs from their past albums. There were even a few appearances by their imaginative creations which consisted of white creatures and the infamous human pigs which were a main attraction on their last tour. They finished off a fun set with “The Past is A Grotesque Animal.” Yet they hit their high when they came back onstage for an encore which consisted of a potpourri of songs from their album “Hissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer?” It was the highlight of the show as they danced on stage with their mythical creatures while confetti explosions went off.
While this tour was more subtle and less outrageous then their past, Of Montreal seem to release a new album almost every year. It will be interesting to see what they’ll have for us next.
Photos from Of Montreal’s set in Chicago: