Spending my Winter Break somewhere a bit warmer this year, I traveled back to my family’s home in Florida and managed to catch of Montreal at the Grand Central in Downtown Miami. Only minutes away from the glamour of the American Airlines Arena and the Klipsch Amphitheater, the Grand Central may not be in the best area but they do host acts such as Georgia’s own of Montreal.
The band was supported by indie-folk singer Nedelle Torrisi with Clayton Rychlik, Jojo Glidewell, and Bennet Lewis from of Montreal backing her up on drums, keyboards, and guitar respectively. Torrisi showed off her full range that night aside from singing, playing a solo song on piano and the violin. While the noisy environment didn’t work towards her advantage during her softer ballads, Torrisi came on stage with a reserved but bright stage presence.
After a brief costume change from the back up band, the ensemble came on with the opening skit before introducing singer Kevin Barnes. Leading up to the release of their thirteenth studio album “Aureate Gloom” the band began with the bombastic, funk romp opening track “Bassem Sabry”. The band’s set was comprised of track from their major record “Hissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer?”, “False Priest”, “Lousy With Sylvianbriar”, and “Skeletal Lamping” featuring Barnes’ theatrics in transitioning from himself into his alter ego “Georgie Fruit”. The evening was a fantastical production fraught with costumes, props, and dramatics all underscored to of Montreal.
For the encore, the band returned with another skit where they had to “save the rec center” (a reference to the 1979 film “Over the Edge”) before going into a cover of Gloria Estefan’s “Rhythm is Gonna Get You” in typical Miami fashion.