of Montreal Glams Up Webster Hall [3/31/12]

Posted on: April 3rd, 2012 at 11:26 am by

Funkadelic glam rockers of Montreal got their freak on at Webster Hall on Saturday evening to a sold out crowd. Playing the second night of a back-to-back stint, the Athens-based band took the stage at 9 pm and immediately started their renowned hijinks. The stage setup featured a plethora of screens switching between various patterns of psychedelia, while lights showered the venue in a steady stream of color. A group of dancers, present throughout the entire night in various costumes (usually unknown creatures in white silky patterns or human projector screens), launched massive bags of white balloons which floated about, bathed in the reflections of various strobes.

This image has been archived or removed.

Lead singer Kevin Barnes, in fits of erratic dancing throughout the night, retained an impressively high level or energy for the entire two-hour performance. The band played songs from their newest album Paralytic Stalks, and dug deep into their discography to mix things up. Most impressively, their stage shtick and song selection weren’t there to counteract each other for crowd energy level purposes. They simply went balls-out all night, and the parade of oddities was just an enhancer. And what an added bonus it was: an intense run through “We Will Commit Wolf Murder,” “She’s a Rejecter,” and “Nonpareil of Favor” layered pounding bass and flickering lights around the venue. An already moving crowd literally shook the ground with dancing, moshing, and jumping when a group of white bodysuited dancers (with capes and the whole underwear-outside the pants thing) began crowd surfing. Later on, profoundly mutton-chopped guitarist Bryan Poole also decided to take a dip into the sea of hands.

This image has been archived or removed.

The entire affair seemed like an endless carnival of oddities, like the lyrics to an of Montreal song surprisingly snubbed from the set that begins with “let’s have bizarre celebrations.”

After closing the first set with “Authentic Pyrrhic Remission (Part II),” the dancers were the only ones left on the stage. Dressed as pigs in frilly shirts borrowed from Benjamin Franklin’s closet, they hammed it up (sorry) to keep things warm for the encore.

This image has been archived or removed.

Upon returning, the group was accompanied by a gaggle of aliens and a female boxer clad in full regalia of stars and stripes. The aliens tore off their capes to reveal nude female bodysuits, complete with inflated breasts, and topped that by stripping one of the dancers down to his pink briefs. While all this was going on, Barnes and the gang were not in the least bit distracted – they saved their tightest harmonies and grooviest bass for last. Not allowing the shitshow behind them to impede on a raging peak of an encore (like they did all night, except for when Barnes was held atop a group of silky white silhouettes), the band tore through “Gronlandic Edit.” The chorus, an intricate three-part harmony, became more than a simple sing along, despite nearly everyone’s failing to match Barnes and his trademark falsetto. In perfect sync throughout the night, the band tightly segued into the serene  “A Sentence of Sorts in Kongsvinger” and closed the night with it.

This image has been archived or removed.

Despite playing in a city jaded to the obscene and insane, of Montreal certainly left their mark on Webster Hall.

This gallery has been removed.

Writeup and photos by Benjy Tocker

Share

Recent Stories

New Condos Teased at 15-Story ‘One Essex Crossing’

Each month brings more significant updates for Essex Crossing. On the heels of the International Center of Photography launching its new flagship, the billion-dollar Lower East Side development this week rolled out more info about the CetraRuddy-designed condo tower at 202 Broome Street (aka Site 3). Dubbed One Essex Crossing, the fifteen-story newcomer features 83 […]

Broome Street Gets an Exclusive Nightclub by Omar Hernandez

Where Happy Ending once tormented this Broome Street block, and Better Days was anything but, something uber-upscale is now replacement. Perhaps even too upscale for its own good. By now you’ve probably seen the well-placed hype pieces about the newest nightclub at 302 Broome Street, led by nightlife impresario Omar Hernandez. He converted the space […]

Ten Injured, Including Firefighters, in Massive Mulberry Street Blaze Last Night [Updated]

The three-alarm blaze that engulfed 70 Mulberry Street last night spread quickly, destroying the upper levels of the historic Public School 23. The fire started shortly after 8:45pm on the fourth floor. Firefighters from Ladder 20 and police from the 5th Precinct were the first responders. More than two hundred fire personnel ultimately arrived to […]

3-Alarm Fire Engulfs PS 23 Building on Mulberry Street

Shortly before 9pm this evening, a three-alarm fire was sparked at 70 Mulberry Street (at Bayard). Within minutes, the historic building – erected in the nineteen century as Public School 23 – was in flames. More than one hundred firefighters were called to the scene to battle the blaze which is apparently confined to the […]

The Year of the Rat Scurries In

It’s the Year of the Rat! This week marks the 21st year of New York City’s Lunar New Year celebration, and no doubt the organizers are scurrying around in preparation for a veritable smorgasbord of festivities. As in years past, the festivities will kick off with the explosive Firecracker Ceremony Saturday morning at 11:00am (January 25) […]