I went to see Of Montreal (one of their better songs can be found here) last night. I had to coax myself out though. It was raining like crazy and I knew I wouldn’t be home till sometime after midnight (my head ended up hitting the pillow at 1:20. ugg) and I was just feeling generally lazy. But I went and it was worth it.
The show was held at the Larimer Lounge. This is the first time I’ve been there and it was hardly a lounge, more of an ordinary dingy bar – in somebody’s basement. Something akin to the 15th Street Tavern. The stage was a smallish platform backed by black sheets nailed to the wall. It’s small and smoky and intimate and I can’t decide if I liked it or not. However the lounge does have a great schedule including Essex Green, Dressy Bessy (they were in the crowd last night) and Mates Of State in the next couple of months.
The show was pretty good. There were only about 30 people there which was kind of cool. Opening up was James William Hindel a folk singer who turned out to be really enjoyable. Of Montreal sounded pretty good even though I wasn’t familiar with most of their songs. They had that same psychedelia to them live as they do on their albums with the weird circus-like music playing between many of their songs. To me they sound like the bizarre offspring of They might Be Giants and The Beach Boys.
Oh yeah, and to the girl who decided to wear tap shoes: if your going to make you own music by tap dancing loud enough for everyone in the bar to hear and distract from the band, at least be sober enough to do it to the rhythm of the music.