of Montreal

Saturday

For their performance at Day for Night, Georgia-based outfit of Montreal will perform the entirety of Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer? In celebration of the 10th anniversary of their landmark album. The album defined of Montreal’s career and continues to be hailed as a classic. Pitchfork called the album “Ceaselessly fascinating and inexhaustibly replayable,” honoring it with “Best New Music” and placing it in the Top 5 albums of 2007. Hissing Fauna went on to become Polyvinyl’s all-time best selling album to date.

The brainchild of Kevin Barnes, of Montreal has spent two decades blending pschedelic indie rock and electropop with elements of glam, punk, and folk-rock. Collaborating with bassist Bryan Helium (a member of Athens group Elf Power) and drummer Derek Almstead, the group released their debut album, Cherry Peel, in 1997, shortly followed by an EP entitled The Bird Who Continues to Eat the Rabbit’s Flower. From their inception, the band blended its eclectic indie pop sound with influences of psychedelia. When Helium ended up leaving the group in 1998 to focus on Elf Power full-time, Almstead assumed bass duties, while keyboardist Dottie Alexander and drummer Jamie Huggins both joined the lineup. Nevertheless, the band’s second album, 1998’s The Bedside Drama: A Petite Tragedy, was recorded primarily as a Barnes solo project.

Multi-instrumentalist A.C. Forrester joined of Montreal for 1999’s The Gay Parade with retrospective album Horse & Elephant Eatery following in 2000. The group continued to release a number of albums, including Coquelicot Asleep in the Poppies: A Variety of Whimsical Verse in 2001 and Aldhils Arboretum in 2002. In 2003, multi-instrumentalist Andy Gonzales and Almstead departed the group, and Barnes’ wife, Nina, joined the lineup as of Montreal signed to Polyvinyl Records, delivering one of their most celebrated records, Satanic Panic in the Attic, in 2004.

In 2005, Barnes began exploring a more buoyant, synth-focused sound with the release of Sunlandic Twins. In 2007, through the emotional turmoil of his newfound separation from his wife, Barnes concocted what became his darkest and most ambitious album yet, Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer? The album garnered widespread positive reviews and reached No. 2 on Billboard’s Independent Album charts.

Skeletal Lamping in 2008 continued the highly-ambitious sound of their previous album by highlighting Barnes’ alter ego “Georgie Fruit,” whose influence pushed the album toward funkier, more prog-influenced territory. The group’s tenth studio release, False Priest, arrived in 2009 and featured cameos from Day for Night alumnus Janelle Monáe and 2017 performer Solange. In 2012, Barnes revisited the personal nature of Hissing Fauna with the album Paralytic Stalks, which explored ideas of self-loathing, revenge, and romantic turmoil, presenting the group’s most personal album to date.

The full-length Lousy with Sylvianbriar, released in 2013, found Barnes recording live to tape with a host of studio musicians, creating roots rock-styled compositions influenced by the likes of Neil Young, the Rolling Stones, and other ’70s radio superstars. In 2014, Barnes took a two-week hiatus in New York City and wrote most of the material for his 13th record, Aureate Gloom, which was released in 2015. The 19-track Snare Lustrous Doomings, the group’s first live recording, was released later in 2015. The following year saw Barnes and company embrace a more glam pop-influenced sound for Innocence Reaches, their 14th studio album.