One of the brights spots in the San Diego music scene is Soma. The venue has two stages that ranges from having rap acts, up-and-coming bands, and more established acts perform there. On May 5th, the latter happened at Soma. On a Saturday evening, Of Montreal took the stage and performed an amazing show.
Of Montreal has released a whopping 15 albums with their most latest album, White Is Relic/Irrealis Mood, which came out earlier in March. The band is fronted by Kevin Barnes and is a part of the Elephant 6 Collective which includes other notable bands such as Neutral Milk Hotel. If you have never seen the band perform live before, you are in for a treat. I have had friends who have told me one of their favorite concerts was seeing Of Montreal live. Crazy psychedelic visuals being blasted on stage, vibrant and numerous costumed background dancers, and memorable theatrics, are everything you could see at an Of Montreal show.
The show began with the opener Locate S, 1 performing. She held her own and that crowd was into her set. However, everyone was ready to see the headliners. When the band came onto stage, right away, the band had everyone into the a great mood with their opening song, "Id Engager". The band continued to play their hits such as "Gronlandic Edit" and "Wraith Pinned to the Mist (and Other Games)", which kept the energy alive in the crowd.
The show was fantastic, with an audience that was full of life that continued to dance as each song changed to another. The audience was full of a mixed bag of people. Everyone of all ages coexisted and just had fun that night. Of Montreal played approximately 20 songs that night but their set didn't feel like it dragged on at all.
Seeing the band live will surpass all of your expectations if you're a fan. It's great to know there are bands out there that can make their songs better live instead of listening to the studio versions. If you've never seen Of Montreal live, I cannot recommend them enough. If you want to dance and sing along to good music then there is no better band to see than them.