Wednesday, August 31, 2005

In Montreal

On Sunday (august 28) I spent the evening dancing to the grooves of Of Montreal at the lovely and may I say cozy Sala Rossa. Every time I am lucky enough to see a band at this venue it seems to add to my enjoyment. There is just something about it, the beautiful and classy restaurant that holds fort for said venue, the chandeliers delicately lighting the "220" person capacity dance floor all the way down to the metal chains that hold the sometimes not too sturdy overhead fans in place. If anybody ever has the chance to see a band play there, I highly recommend doing so.

Now, to discuss The Management, or MGMT as their banner stated. These two enthusiastic topless, sunglass wearing guys opened the night with their upbeat infectious pre-recorded beats and playful lyrics. The stage had a half assed tempo (carport) with the letters MGMT hanging in the background, and two guitars handing from elastics on each side. No instruments were really ever played besides a few slaps on the small electronic drum pads they had beside them and the occasional hit on the guitars with the same drumsticks. Halfway through the set one would end up mentioning that just because they don't play any instruments does not mean they are not talented. Oh well besides all the antics, I couldn't help but think that if I was introduced to their music by way of a song or album before seeing them I would probably enjoy it. Too bad they don't have some sort of band/instruments/turntables/something.

Of Montreal went through a similar set as the previous time they graced the stage of La Sala Rossa, however this time with a few less lights and with a bit more attitude (the good kind). They played a new song that fitted perfectly with the rest of the set which was largely made up of songs of their latest effort "Sunlandic Twins", and seemed as happy as ever to be up there giving it their all. Further into the set, most members decided to take off their shirts mostly due to the immense heat in the packed-to-the-back room, and even the female keyboardist got into the fun by slipping out of her "panties". Good times were had by all.

Sidenote - I picked up the New Pornographers latest album "Twin Cinema" and have been largely impressed to date. Highly recommended.


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