Preview: of Montreal in DC

by Shaun Walters

of Montreal is a psychedelic-pop band formed in 1996 by frontperson Kevin Barnes. Despite the name, of Montreal originated from Athens, Georgia and got its name from a failed romance with a woman “of Montreal.” The band has a mix of styles throughout their history but has consistently drawn inspiration from 60s psych-pop. This can be seen in their hits such as “Wraith Pinned to the Mist and Other Games” and “Gronlandic Edit.” More recently, the band has been exploring more funk and reggae sounds. of Montreal has created a name for themselves with their creative and compelling live performances, always striving to deliver a new experience for fans.

Opening for of Montreal is Locate S,1, who is also known as Christina Schneider, and has been involved with several projects since 2018. Locate S,1 and of Montreal have been friends since she was featured on the song “Gypsy That Remains” off their 2020 album, UR FUN. Since then, Kevin Barnes has helped produce, engineer, and mix Locate S,1’s album, Healing Contest. Locate S,1 has taken a mix of Jazzy harmonics and prog-rock time signatures to create a unique sound that is distinctively hers.

The pairing is coming to the 9:30 Club on Thursday, October 6th. Doors are at 7pm and tickets can be purchased on the 9:30 Club’s website. Hope to see you at this unique, one-of-a-kind concert.