[RH Review] of Montreal @ Lincoln Hall 10/30

The rain didn’t stop anyone from making it over to the sold out show at Lincoln Hall last night to see of Montreal turn it out Halloween Eve-style, with the grooviest set I’ve seen in a while. Lincoln Hall was packed to the brim with fans decked out in costumes and ready to dance, hoping to hear their favorites and some new tracks from of Montreal’s latest record, Lousy With Sylvianbriar, for the first time.

The show kicked off with a man dressed Nacho Libre giving an appropriately creepy and energized introduction for Kevin Barnes. Barnes hit the stage in a vintage 60s two-piece pant suit, thanking everyone for coming and jumping into “Triumph Of Disintegration,” followed by the first track off the new record “Fugitive Air.” The band was accompanied by stage dancers who came out in full white body suits, catching psychedelic projections on their bodies, and eventually diving into the crowd, surfing their way to the back of the venue.  They brought the whacky down a bit for “Raindrop In My Skull,” another new track from Lousy, sung by the beautiful Rebecca Cash. Her spooky sensuous voice entranced the crowd adding a mysterious and enticing vibe to the set. But my favorite part was probably the fact that they played a ton of songs off Hissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer including “Suffer For Fashion,” “Heimdalsgate like a Promethean Curse,” and “Gronlandic Exit,” with an a capella introduction from the crowd singing the funky synth part under Barnes’s vocals.

The show was a perfect way to start off the Halloween weekend, but the tour continues. Don’t miss your chance to see of Montreal live, and check out their new music video for “Fugitive Air.”

Brynn Bixby

Before she was an indie music journalist sharing tunes with the likes of you, Brynn performed all over Chicagoland and cut a full-lenth record with her high-energy, indie pop trio, Caught in Your Pockets. She also regularly provides vocals for various homegrown acts, from indie-blues-rock kings, Train Company, to Chi Town hip hop icons in the making, Show You Suck and Legend Haz It. A piano and guitar playing singer songwriter, Brynn double majored in vocal performance and education, and can definitely school you on what sounds amazing.

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