Of Montreal

1996-
Kevin BarnesVocals, multi-instruments1996-
Bryan PooleGuitar1996-
Dottie AlexanderKeyboards1998-
Davey PierceMulti-instruments1996-
Zac ColwellHorn, flute1996-
Clayton RychlikDrums1996-
K IshibashiMulti-instruments1996-
Nicolas DobbratzMulti-instruments1996-
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  • Of Montreal was formed in Athens, Georgia in 1996. The band's name comes from lead singer Kevin Barnes, who had a failed relationship with a woman "of Montreal."
  • Although seen as a very independent band, Of Montreal have actually lent their songs to several large organizations for use in film and TV commercials, including NASDAQ, Outback Steakhouse, and T-Mobile.
  • Of Montreal singer Kevin Barnes appeared on Bright Eyes' song "The Difference in the Shades" from the album Letting Off the Happiness.
  • R&B singer (and sister of superstar Beyoncé) Solange Knowles appears on Of Montreal's 2010 album False Priest. Soul singer Janelle Monáe also appears on the disc.
  • In 2007, Of Montreal singer Kevin Barnes spent the summer in Norway. The music influenced his writing style as Barnes says disco and electronic club music is still popular in that country. Barnes wrote songs the whole time he was in Norway and the result was a sexual album called Skeletal Lamping.
  • Kevin Barnes has a guitar with the name "Arlene" etched into it but he has no idea what the name means. Barnes bought the guitar at a used shop in Minneapolis because he liked how it sounded. The guy working at the store didn't know who "Arlene" was either.
  • In 2010, Kevin Barnes told Rolling Stone that he was very inspired by Surfjan Stevens' album The Age of Adz. "That woke me up in a way where I realized that music doesn't have to be extremely digestible. You don't have to think about getting on someone's iPod playlist."
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