Of Montreal - QMU, Glasgow, Mon 4 Oct 2010
'Kamikaze R&B and electro-funk'
Uncannily akin to Rising Damp’s Leonard Rossiter (Rigsby) dolled up like Frances de la Tour (Miss Jones), Of Montreal’s frontman Kevin Barnes is nothing if not eye-catching. (Though not as conspicuous as he once was at New York’s Roseland Ballroom; he performed there, near-naked, astride a white horse.)
Flanked by bargain basement hordes of monsters, angels and animals, the falsetto-trilling disco-rock deity has middle-aged married men (and the rest of us) falling for his coquettish, fabulous dance moves and micro-skirts (off-set with a Rambo head-dress, natch). Despite their hilarious (and brilliantly DIY) stage show and backdrop animations, it’s Of Montreal’s incandescent pop that stakes their claim as one of alternative music’s most striking bands. The Athens, Georgia misfits’ kamikaze R&B and electro-funk bounces off the walls of QMU – along with confetti and bubbles – propelled by three drummers, four guitars, keys, strings and a killer bass. The softcore-groove of 2008’s ‘For Our Elegant Caste’ is a highlight. ‘You should know I take it both ways’, Barnes gesticulates, as men edge further from their wives, and blush.