of Montreal

The Broadberry and LAVA Present

of Montreal

Mega Bog

Sat, March 24, 2018

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

The Broadberry

Richmond, VA

$18 ADV, $22 DOS

Tickets at the Door

This event is all ages

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Parking is available in side lot (by Exxon)
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of Montreal
of Montreal
"A golden despondency" is how Kevin Barnes translates the meaning behind Aureate Gloom, the title he gave of Montreal's thirteenth full-length album.
The oxymoron is one Barnes says best describes the overall state of his life and mental outlook while working on the record: first on a writing retreat in New York City, then while demoing tracks in Athens, before finally recording at Sonic Ranch, just across the border from Juarez, Mexico in the Texan desert.
If you're wondering what exactly would lead Barnes to use this epithet to describe his reality at the time, look no further than the songs themselves.
While many bands rely on vague platitudes as an attempt to make their songs universally applicable, Barnes chooses to take the opposite tact — penning lyrics so personal they sound like entries ripped from a journal that should be permanently kept under lock and key.
"I was going through a very stormy period in my life and felt like I was just completely trashed," reveals Barnes. "I might be guilty of sharing or exposing too much of my private life, but to me the best albums are those that help people connect with an artist on a deep, human level and that do so without too much artifice or evasiveness."
For inspiration — and to put a bit of distance between himself and the events and people he writes so unequivo- cally about — Barnes spent two weeks in New York City this past spring. While there, he wandered around Chelsea, Greenwich Village, SoHo, and Chinatown, imagining what it was like 40 years ago, picturing himself as Tom Verlaine or Patti Smith, or James Chance.
Lead single "Bassem Sabry" (named for the Egyptian journalist who died tragically in the spring of 2014), is perhaps of Montreal's most political song to date, with Barnes proclaiming "Every leader is a cellophane punk," while hand- claps and danceable drums incite the listener to follow his command: "If you hear me, say 'Yeah!' 'Yeah!' 'Yeah!'"
The energy remains high for "Last Rites At The Jane Hotel," which channels Barnes innermost T. Rex while staying true to of Montreal's signature kaleidoscopic song structure.
"Empyrean Abattoir" begins dark and brooding before unfurling into a revved up Television-inspired outro, as all the while Barnes lays bare his most gut-wrenching lyrics.
Closing track "Like Ashoka's Inferno Of Memory" ends the record on an appropriately epic note, reveling in its seem- ingly effortless shifting of tempos and tones — a microcosm, really, of the overall album's auditory audaciousness.
Like 2013's Lousy with Sylvianbriar, Aureate Gloom was recorded directly to tape with musicians Kevin Barnes (guitar, vocals), Clayton Rychlik (drums), Bob Parins (bass), Bennett Lewis (guitar), and JoJo Glidewell (keys), plus the help of engineer Drew Vandenberg.
Having already spent many of the previous months touring together, the strength of the members' musical rapport was instantly apparent. The group completed nearly a song a day during their stay in the desert and even wrote a brand new track on the spot, "Apollyon Of Blue Room," whose title references a supposedly haunted bedroom in a hacienda on the studio grounds.
Working at such a breakneck pace, there was no time to nitpick, to dissect, to overanalyze. Only later, upon arriving back home, was Barnes able to take a step back and fully appreciate what he and his band had accomplished.
With Aureate Gloom, of Montreal have created one of the most unflinching, confessional and starkly emotional albums in their oeuvre.
Mega Bog
Mega Bog
Mega Bog is the moniker of song-dribbler Erin Birgy, a Pacific Northwest rodeo child with an unmistakable laugh who was allegedly cursed upon conception. For most of nine years, the band has stretched and wandered in a crescendo towards musical freedom. Birgy has adopted a band of wiggly jazz cartoons lifted from bands like iji, Pill Wonder, Big Eater, Causings, Hand Habits, Heatwarmer, Big Thief, and others.

Melodies always lush, erotic and free. Chords always dissonant, abstract and evolutionary. On their 2013 album Gone Banana, Bog settled into their homemade cloud of pop and jazz. Spreading the discs around the world over countless tours of dim zones. On their new bug, Happy Together, Mega Bog leapfrogs further into the storm. Dizzying fusion of lounge, pop and bouncing rocks under poetic tantrums of love gone all the way wrong. Listen closer.

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Since the release of Happy Together, Mega Bog has performed throughout the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Europe, including festivals End of the Road and Hardly Strictly Bluegrass. In July 2017, they were invited to play The Met Breuer, during the inaugural season of the performance series Theater of the Resist. They have toured with Hand Habits, Big Thief, iji, Jens Lekman, Little Wings, and Cate Le Bon (2016), and many others.

In 2018 Mega Bog has toured with Destroyer and The Low Anthem, and will tour with Of Montreal in March and April. A new album by Mega Bog is expected for release later in the year.

03.06.2018
Somehow Lounge Music Doesn’t Suck Anymore
“weaving delicate latticeworks of synth and brass on songs like ‘London,’ before setting those quilts alight in experimentalist abandon”
- Noisey

02.01.2018
"Mega Bog fuses smart, enigmatic, poetic, and personal lyricism with layered, alluring, flashy, and hypnotic instrumentation, marrying pop and jazz and indie in a seductive and enthralling way”
- No Country For New Nashville
Venue Information:
The Broadberry
2729 W. Broad Street
Richmond, VA, 23220
http://www.thebroadberry.com