March 13, 2006
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Thrice singer/guitarist Dustin Kensrue performs at the Taste of Chaos tour's
Detroit stop. A slideshow can be found on www.michigandally.com.
A taste of hard rock
Of Montreal makes love to audience at the Blind Pig last Thursday night.
MONTREA LMA CHERIE
OF MONTREAL BRINGS MUSIC, SEX TO THE PIG
By Lloyd Cargo
Daily Music Editor
CONCE RT R EV(EI
When lead singer Kevin Barnes took the stage
in a wedding dress Thursday night at the Blind
Pig, the sold-out crowd knew
it was in for more than just a
concert. "Ann Arbor, we love
you. Will you marry us?" he
asked. The answer, of course,
was a resounding yes, and
At the Blind Pig
big brothers. Thursday, they mostly drew from
their latest two albums, Satanic Panic in the
Attic, and The Sunlandic Twins, while debuting
songs from their upcoming album, tentatively
titled Hissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer.
Unlike their earlier work, Of Montreal has
recently taken the band in a dancier, more
disco-oriented direction with a solid foundation
and prominent synthesizers.
The new songs, like the breakup epic "Vol-
taic Crusher," sounded great alongside previous
favorites like "Wraith Pinned to the Mist" and
"I Was Never Young." But with every song simi-
lar in volume and tempo, the show would have
no doubt lost steam without the stage presence
of Barnes and the musicality of the men he had
to back him.
Barnes, a onetime resident of Grosse Pointe
Park, humored the crowd between songs, telling
stories between all four of his wardrobe chang-
es. The rest of the band ably supported him
without overcomplicating what was essentially
catchy dance music. Drummer James Huggins
was especially effective, keeping excellent time
throughout the hourlong performance. Most
importantly, Of Montreal were able to get peo-
ple moving; even the Blind Pig staff, usually
stoic, were dancing behind the bar..
One particularly enthusiastic concert attend-
ee was overheard telling a friend they'd waited
in line outside since 7:15 p.m. in order to get
in first, indicative of the kind of response Of
Montreal typically garners. The Pig, poorly
,ventilated and absolutely packed with more than
400 patrons, quickly became very hot once the
crowd got worked up. During the middle of the
set, when everyone was nice and sweaty, Barnes
asked, "Are we going to have sex tonight?" The
answer again was of course, yes. Not only was
the crowd privy to a solid performance from a
decent band, but everyone was probably going
to get laid too.
By Trevor Campbell
Daily Arts Writer
It might only be in its second year, but
the Taste of Chaos tour __________
is gaining momentum Taste of
at a near-unstoppable Chaos
rate. The expertise of
Warped Tour vision- Saturday
ary Kevin Lyman at At Cobo Arena
the helm provides the
experience to make the event thrive.
With more than a dozen bands,
booths surrounding the back of the
main floor, video games and an Ernie
Ball guitar demo station, Taste of Chaos
provides far more than just live music.
Not much is different from its summer
sister tour, but its novelty lies in timing.
The tour starts in the dead of winter,
several months before the slew of sum-
mer package tours even begins.
Music constantly reverberated through
Cobo Arena on Saturday at the tour's
stop in Detroit. With an early door time
of 4:30 pm., the show kicked into gear
quickly. One of the tour's special features
is a localization of each show, with a band
from every hometown kicking off at each
venue. The opening slot was filled with
Red I Flight, a local band selected through
an online poll on the music-fueled web
community MySpace.com, the sponsor of
the tour's second stage.
The dual-stage setup filled the front
area of the main floor, with a larger stage
for the more prominent acts and the
smaller MySpace stage where the sup-
porting groups played to fill the gaps. Acts
bounced between the two stages, so the
show found a consistent pace throughout
the entire evening, eliminating the lull of
soundchecks and stage changes.
"The tour's been great so far," Thrice
frontman Dustin Kensrue said. "It's got
that 'festival-y' vibe, but at the same time,
it's a lot mellower. You don't have hun-
dreds of people fighting for a shower."
Bringing together bands from several of
rock's current subgenres, the tour blends
the musical scenes fluidly and unites fans
together for one night of solid live rock.
Groups on the tour range from the experi-
mental sounds of Dredg to the rustic per-
cussion of Street Drum Corps and the
brutal screams of As I Lay Dying.
The concept of the tour is almost flaw-
less: Pack in seven hours of music, set up
meet-and-greets with most of the bands,
hand out free promotional merchandise
and set up video game booths for free play
- all for less than $30.
Taste of Chaos is growing at a formi-
dable pace, with the number of stops up
eight cities - most of which are in Cana-
da - from last year's 36-city jaunt. Don't
be surprised to see next year's tour take
on even more venues, pack in even more
bands and span even more time. Out of
necessity, the show is confined to arenas,
limiting its capacity for bands and fans,
but that shouldn't stop it from becom-
ing an important part of the expansion of
today's rock scene.
for the rest of the evening, the crowd danced in
celebration of the group's peculiar combination
of psych-rock and dance-pop.
Of Montreal, long viewed as an underachiever
out of a scene - Elephant 6 collective - that
produced indie heavyweights like Apples in
Stereo, Beulah, Olivia Tremor Control and,
of course, Neutral Milk Hotel, have distanced
themselves from the aesthetic of their musical
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