Sun-drenched indie pop from the USA

COLIN WILSON One of the stalwarts of the Athens, Georgia, pop scene Of Montreal, bring their sunshine-drenched indie pop to Norwich Arts Centre on Monday.

COLIN WILSON

One of the stalwarts of the Athens, Georgia, pop scene Of Montreal, bring their sunshine-drenched indie pop to Norwich Arts Centre on Monday.

Of Montreal is the recording and performing project of one Kevin Barnes and one of the many bands still in operation with a tie to the loose Elephant Six collective of the late Nineties, a group of like-minded bands centred around that incredibly fertile Southern college town.

Of Montreal are not, however, predictable. And therein lies the appeal of a band that, over their past two albums with Polyvinyl Records, have exploded from cult appeal to international popularity.


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With their union of Kinks-inspired, late-Sixties rock send up and Eighties-era synth stylings, the 2004 album Satanic Panic in the Attic planted the seeds for a new audience.

Last year's dance-inducing electro-pop masterpiece Sunlandic Twins cultivated that expanded and ever-enthusiastic audience. Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer? arrived in January 2007, ready to reap the benefits.

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Main support comes from The Strange Death of Liberal England who made many friends with their debut single, A Day Another Day. The five-piece band from Portsmouth have already seen their music championed by the Guardian and Uncut Magazine and found favour with Zane Lowe and Steve Lamacq amongst others.

The band release their second single, Oh Solitude, on June 18 which will be followed by their debut album Forward March! in July.

The Strange Death of Liberal England play the Latitude festival in July.

Opening the evening are Video Nasties, a young London based five-piece who write lo-fi pop songs in their shed and play them at gigs. Their influences comes from early Nineties American indie, punk and Eighties pop music and Seventies and Eighties film and video.

Doors 8pm. Tickets £10adv, £11door, 01603 660352 Online bookings go to www.ueaticketbookings.co.uk

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