of Montreal - Live Video Compilation

The evolution of the act in live video clips...
of Montreal
There are few bands touring far and wide today with the reputation of of Montreal. Wildly inventive and entirely unpredictable, the Kevin Barnes-fronted band’s on-record creativity extends effortlessly into the live arena, with many a show utterly unforgettable.

The Athens, Georgia-based group call in at London’s Shepherd’s Bush Empire on Tuesday July 14 (TICKETS), following sets at T In The Park and Oxegen, for what’s sure to be just one in an ongoing series of astounding performances – expect songs from the band’s ‘Skeletal Lamping’ LP of last year as well as catalogue favourites… and, of course, plenty of visual stimulation and audience interaction.

To mark their London date, Clash here presents in video form some weird and wonderful highlights of Barnes and company’s previous live endeavours (in reverse date order), as compiled by Debbie Ball. Thanks, Debbie!

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Performing 'An Eluardian Instance' on the Late Show with David Letterman, 18/12/08



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Kevin Barnes as a centaur, performing 'Beware Our Nubile Miscreants' at the Hollywood Palladium,
22/11/08



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Performing 'St Exquisites' Confessions'… on a horse, as you do, at Roseland
Ballroom NYC



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‘Skeletal Lamping’ tour intro: 'Id Engager' with the golden Buddhas!



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An early version of current single 'For Our Elegant Caste' (REVIEW), filmed on the Gender Mutiny tour 2007*


* Nb. The audio is out of synch with the visuals


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'Suffer For Fashion' on the ‘Hissing Fauna’ Tour at the Majestic Theatre, Detroit, 09/10/07



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A ten-foot tall Kevin performing 'Gronlandic Edit' at the Great American Music Hall, San Francisco, 03/02/07



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'Wraith Pinned To The Mist (And Other Games)' at the University of Florida, 17/02/06



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'The Party's Crashing Us', in Athens, GA, 13/08/05



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Note the progression: from an entertaining live act to something completely different, and much, much better.

‘Skeletal Lamping’ is out now on Polyvinyl, and you can find of Montreal on MySpace HERE. Read Clash’s interview with Kevin Barnes – conducted around the release of ‘Skeletal Lamping’ – HERE. Get tickets for their London date HERE.

Photo: Patrick Heagney

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