Of Montreal is an American indie pop band formed in Athens, Georgia. Fronted by Kevin Barnes, it was among the second wave of groups to emerge from The Elephant 6 Recording Company.
The band was created by Kevin Barnes and named after a failed romance with a woman from Montreal, though the story changes in various interviews. Barnes was the only member of the "group" prior to his relocation to Athens, Georgia. There, he met Derek Almstead, later of the Circulatory System, M Coast, Elf Power etc., and Bryan Poole, who also performs as The Late B.P. Helium. Together, they recorded their first album, Cherry Peel, as well as The Bird Who Ate the Rabbit's Flower and The Bedside Drama: A Petite Tragedy.
After production on The Gay Parade began in 1998, Poole left the band to focus on his duties with Elf Power, another Elephant Six band from Athens. Barnes then recruited Jamey Huggins and Dottie Alexander, who had been performing together as Lightning Bug vs. Firefly, to play various instruments. Derek moved from drums to bass. The band was joined soon after by Marshmallow Coast's Andy Gonzales.
A number of singles and a re-release of The Bird Who Continues to Eat the Rabbit's Flower occurred before the advent of the band's third album, The Gay Parade in 1999. With contributions from several members of the Elephant Six collective at the time, it also featured artwork from Kevin's brother David Barnes, who would continue to do artwork for future albums.
Following the release of The Gay Parade, the band signed with Kindercore Records, who would release a number of singles and compilations. It wasn't until 2001 that Coquelicot Asleep in the Poppies: A Variety of Whimsical Verse would be released as a new album with original material. The album again featured contributions from across the Elephant Six spectrum.
* 1997 Cherry Peel (Bar/None)
* 1998 The Bedside Drama: A Petite Tragedy (Kindercore)
* 1999 The Gay Parade (Bar/None)
* 2001 Coquelicot Asleep in the Poppies: A Variety of Whimsical Verse (Kindercore)
* 2002 Aldhils Arboretum (Kindercore)
* 2004 Satanic Panic in the Attic (Polyvinyl)
* 2005 The Sunlandic Twins (Polyvinyl)
* 2007 Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer? (Polyvinyl, #72 US)
* 2008 Skeletal Lamping (Polyvinyl, #38 US)
* 2010 False Priest (forthcoming)