Of Montreal get special guest at New York show

David Byrne turns up in crowd

Of Montreal played their second show at New York’s Irving Plaza last night (March 10) before a famous fan.

They performed songs from their newest album, ‘Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer?’ to a sold-out crowd, that included former Talking Heads frontman David Byrne.

The band’s line-up changed constantly throughout the night, with drum machines occasionally replacing drums, and two bassists on other numbers. The group played in costume, guitarist BP Helium in a full angel suit, complete with wings. Screens behind the band showed psychedelic animation, including ‘Yellow Submarine’-style caricatures of the musicians.

Leader Kevin Barnes, who recently bared all during a gig in Las Vegas, stayed mostly clothed throughout the one-and-a-half hour set. With tightly parted hair, Barnes began the show in a sparkly cape. By the end, he wore a sashed kimono, cut-off shorts, and fishnet stockings.

“It’s kind of my concept, to bring world peace to the Earth if everyone had to stand naked in front of their peers once a month,” Barnes told Rochester‘s WITR in February. “I had to pick Vegas because that’s the only 21-plus venue we’re playing on this tour and I didn’t want to become a sex offender, because that would be pretty dreadful.”

The full set was:

‘Heimdalsgate Like A Promethean Curse’

‘So Begins Our Alabee’

‘Suffer For Fashion’

‘Sink the Seine’

‘Cato As A Pun’

‘Bunny Ain’t No Kind of Rider’

‘Disconnect the Dots’

‘Will You Come and Fetch Me’

‘Requiem For O.M.M. 2’

‘The Past is a Grotesque Animal’

‘She’s a Rejecter’

‘I Was Never Young’

‘Faberge Falls For Shuggie’

‘Oslo In The Summertime’

‘Gronlandic Edit’

‘Rapture Rapes the Muses’

‘Forecast Fascist Future’

‘The Party’s Crashing Us’

‘The Repudiated Immortals’