of Montreal

PopGun Presents

of Montreal

Yip Deceiver

Apr 12

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 7:00 pm (event ends at 10:30 pm)

Elsewhere - Hall

Brooklyn, NY

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of Montreal
of Montreal
Two important events occurred during the making of White Is Relic/Irrealis Mood. I became
“Simulated Reality” paranoid and I fell in LOVE.
Well a lot more happened during the process of writing and recording, but those are the two
big ones. I also reached a healthy point of self-forgiveness for my failed marriage and became
deeply educated in the lies of America the Great.
I feel like a switch was recently turned on in my brain and now I’m beginning to see through the
lies that have been fed to me my whole life by the masters of media and by those who control
and manipulate the narrative of our cultural identity and social order.
My paranoia began during the presidential election cycle and reached a dangerous peak shortly
after the inauguration. In the meantime I watched and read countless works of art in a mad
effort to be reminded of how many truly brilliant people there are living/struggling among us
and to try to maintain a positive outlook. The works of Angela Davis, Noam Chomsky, Chris
Kraus, Ta-Nehisi Coates, and the Autobiographies of Malcolm X and Mark E Smith were all great
inspirations, to name a few.
Musically, I was very inspired by the extended dance mixes that people used to make for pop
singles back in the ‘80s. It’s so cool how a lot of the 80’s hits had these really intricate and
interesting longer versions that wouldn’t get played on the radio and could only be heard in the
clubs. I used that template with these tracks, I wanted them all to feel like the extended “club
edit” of album tracks.
I also decided to abandon the “live band in a room” approach that I had been using on the
recent albums and work more on my own or remotely with collaborators. I used the same
drum sample packs throughout because I wanted the album to have a rhythmic continuity to
it. I wanted the drums to have a strong and consistent identity, similar to how Prince’s Linn
Electronics LM-1 drum machine played such an important role on his classic albums. Zac Colwell
also played a huge role on this album, adding saxophones and synths to most of the songs. I
also got a lot of help from long time collaborators, and “of Montreal” touring members, Clayton
Rychlik and JoJo Glidewell.
The two title concept came to me when I was thinking about how difficult it is to frame the
message of a song with just one title, because so often the songs are about so many different
subjects. ‘White Is Relic’ was inspired by James Baldwin’s writings regarding the creation and
propagation of a toxic American White identity. I’ve come to learn how it’s just a tool wielded
by the 1% to give poor white people a false sense of superiority in an effort to keep the masses
placated and numb to how deeply we’re all getting fucked by our capitalist rulers. An ‘Irrealis
Mood’ is a linguistic indicator that something isn’t yet reality but does have the potential to
become so.
I’m always searching for new identities so this concept of the death of “Whiteness” appeals to
me greatly. Might be the only way to save the world.
-Kevin Barnes, January 2018
Yip Deceiver
Yip Deceiver
Just the facts...Athens GA trio Yip Deceiver
arrived 2011 with a four song, self titled EP
on Aerobic International. Originally a solo
effort by Davey Pierce (Inkwell, of Montreal)
the project grew to include Nicolas "Dobby"
Dobbratz (Sugar & Gold, of Montreal) and
John Swint (Modern Skirts, Easter Island).
The duo version toured US, Europe, and
Mexico releasing their debut album
Medallius on New West Records in 2013. A
split 7"single with Kishi Bashi and a 12"
single with remixes by Willy Joy and Loose
Shus followed on Aerobic International. The
trio version went on to support Electric Six,
Turquoise Jeep, and of Montreal and
eventually recorded a six song EP for New
West Records which was manufactured but
never released in 2015. After some time off
from touring, the band returned to the studio
to write and record new songs, some of
which comprise the tracks for upcoming
KONIEC EP. Yip Deceiver's records carry
disparate influences of punk, rock, r&b, and
pop but are glued together by their unique
production. As performers they bring all the
elements to the table and commit to a
powerful live show.
Venue Information:
Elsewhere - Hall
599 Johnson Ave.
Brooklyn, NY, 11237