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Of Montreal bring their consumate theatricality to the Shepherds Bush Empire this summer. Their songs soar and weave with energy and goodwill, daring anyone who hears them to walk away without a smile on their face. Listening to OF MONTREAL, you might think that singer Kevin Barnes is missing the angst gene. But the longer you listen, the more you start to realize that maybe missing the angst gene is a blessing. It allows Kevin to explore more fully his crazily creative ideas and to make wondrous music, drawing on influences from the Byrds or even the Mamas And The Papas; the group’s songs are all sweet pop ditties, as suitable for campfire-singing as stage performance.
Favouring a new breed of energetic, percussion-driven music, this clan of five gentleman craft songs reminiscent of a musical tribe, singing and dancing in harmony, with the eccentricity of Talking Heads and the aura of Broken Social Scene.
With electrified, sweet melodies, Local Natives were one of the most talked about bands at this year’s SXSW, picking up across the board plaudits for their strikingly beautiful baroque, harmonic pop.
In the age of auto tune and vocoders, Local Natives is one of those rare bands defined by their ability to deliver live. In fact, it has been more of challenge for the group to translate the vibrant and exciting nature of their performances to a recording than vice versa.
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