Of Montreal

Hissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer?
VÖ: 16.02.2007
Label: polyvinyl records
Vertrieb: cargo records

of Montreal is many things. of Montreal is one of the stalwarts of the Athens, Georgia pop scene. Of Montreal ist he recording and performing of one Mr. Kevin Barnes. And of Montreal is one of the many bands still in operation with a tie to the loose Elephant Six collective of the late 90s, a group of like-minded bands centered around that incredible fertile Southern college town. of Montreal is not, however, predictable. And therin loes the appeal of a band that, over the past two albums with Polyvinyl records (in the States and Track and Field in Europe), has exploded from cult appeal to international popularity.
With ist union of Kinks-inspired, late 60s rock send-up and `80s-era synth stylings, the 2004 album Satanic Panic in the Attic planted the seeds for a new audience. Last year´s dance-including, idiosymcratic electro-pop masterpiece The Sunlandic Twins cultivated that expanded and ever-enthusiastic audience, letting a grwoing legion of fans flourish Hissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer? Arrived on Janury 26th 2007, ready to reap the benefits.
It´s an irrestible and remarkable album, sounding like a logical extension of the erratic indie-disco sounds of Sunlandic Twins. Recorded as a one-man operation in a tiny Norwegian bedroom and an attic in Athens GA, the album swings from swaggering guitar to moody synths, from exultant sing-along to curious combinations of sounds. Lyrically, you´ve got entrancing and rewarding. And if not for the tumultuous year that nearly tore Kevin Barnes apart, it never would have existed.
Hissing Fauna ist the most personal of Montreal album to date, with Kevin, currently 32 years old, pouring tremendous amounts of emotion, heartbreak, frustration and elation into ist 12 tracks. Written and recorded primarily during what he calls “šan insane year´, Hissing Fauna saw Kevin adopt a new writting style. It was an unabashedly autobiographical attempt from songwriter whose early material tended towards characters and story-songs.
He went to Norway to have his daughter Alabee, as his wife´s hometown is Oslo.
“žLiving in Oslo, with nothing really to do and no friends really”, says Kevin, “žit was a bit if a culture shock going though all that. I think that, because of the dramatic lifetstyle change, I went though this really intense depression. It was something I´d never gone thtough before.{…}”
Before the success of the last 2 albums (Satanic Panic In The Attic and The Sunlandic Twins) of Montreal spent almost 10 years in what Kevin called the “šindie ghetto´, garnering slight attention but often dismissed as a second-tier `60s-obsessed Elephant Six band.
After spending a little time playing with the band Elf Power, in 1997 Kevin puts together Cherry Peel, the debut of Montreal album release by Bar/None. It was a collaboration with bassist Bryan Poole (The Late B.P., Helium, Elf Power) and drummer Derek Amstead (Ciculatory System, 63 Crayons).
of Montreal line up is the same as it has been fort he past year or so, though the band there days is scattered across the globe. But nevetheless..a tour is planned for spring 2007.

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