Of Montreal Commodore Ballroom, Vancouver BC, June 17
Published Jun 18, 2016Kevin Barnes and the rest of Of Montreal set up and sound checked for a good 30 minutes prior to their set, making the group's official arrival onstage just minutes later a touch anticlimactic and leaving a good portion of the crowd unreceptive and unsure of how to interpret the Georgia psych-pop band.
Of Montreal's performance wasn't lacklustre, but there was certainly a disconnect between artist and audience. Their seamless transitions between tracks did garner positive attention, though, causing the set to sound almost like a string of medleys.
Barnes and crew found their footing midway through their set, when they fell effortlessly into "The Party's Crashing Us," with Barnes jovially dipping into the crowd in an attempt to amp up the energy before moving into "Wraith Pinned to the Mist and Other Games." The energy was shortlived, however, and "She's a Rejector" didn't get the response it should have.
The crowd remained largely listless throughout, presumably due to the fact they were unfamiliar with such a prolific act, who really hit their stride a decade ago.