by Lauren Rosier
Of Montreal has been a staple within the indie rock scene for several years now and is now taking the scene by storm with the release of the band’s 13th studio album, Aureate Gloom (released 3/3).
They are considered to be one of the most unique bands of their kind in the indie rock scene with sounds, image and live shows. The band has played much indie pop music; however, this latest record is more rock inspired than the band’s previous efforts.
Much of the influence “is inspired by different types of artists and spirits. The rock influence is kind of new. [We’ve] incorporated more Americana, 70s, folk, country and are influenced by mint 70s punk Patti Smith and Led Zeppelin,” lead vocalist Kevin Barnes explains. “[They have] a very poetic quality to their work.”
The new record also brings in many more elements of electric rock, artistic rock and roll, and progressive rock. Overall, Barnes says, Gloom is just a more emotionally sophisticated record.
From wild animals to bright makeup, the band has been known for its extravagant theatrics and live show. Barnes’ brother, David, has been mostly responsible in artistic side of the project. “[He] creates most visual content with help of other people, and he puts a lot of effort into it. The band helps, but they have their own role.”
Be sure to check out Of Montreal when they perform at Union Transfer on Sunday with Yonatan Gat.