Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Of Montreal talks 'Little Rock' and why they're coming back after all

Posted By on Tue, Apr 15, 2014 at 12:55 PM

Of Montreal is playing at the Rev Room on May 2, which might come as a surprise to anyone who's ever heard their song "Little Rock," a bonus track from their 2008 album "Skeletal Lamping." A short acoustic demo, the song references some terrible experience the band had here in town and ends with singer Kevin Barnes's solemn promise, "The only guarantee is that we're never coming back to Little Rock." As the music fades out, he clarifies: "No, we're never coming back to your shitty little town."

I reached out to the band, curious about the song's back-story, and Barnes responded via email:

What's the story behind this song ? What happened?

To be honest I can't really remember the scenario that inspired the song. I have a vague memory of the show being kind of underwhelming, but I'm not sure if it was the fault of the band or the audience or what, and I think after the show someone from the audience walked off with a hat I was wearing on stage ... it's all very murky. I definitely don't carry any deep-seated resentment around with me about it though. We actually played Little Rock once more after that incident and that other show was a lot of fun, so i'm excited to come back.

What was it about this Little Rock experience that demanded expression in a song of its own? (as opposed to other bad or just underwhelming experiences in other cities)

I think I just liked the idea of writing a song about Little Rock, I mean the city name is a really easy set up. If you all changed the name to A Lot Of Rock it would make it harder ;-).

Are you nervous about coming back?

Like I said, we've been back once before and that experience was very positive, so I'm not at all nervous about coming back.

In the song you say, "I can't count the things you have, just all the things you lack" — what are some things we lack? 

Well one thing Little Rock lacks is a rainforest filled with howling kittens, if you'd address that issue you'd be perfect.

Do we owe you an apology?

Ha ha, no!

click to enlarge ofmontreal.jpg

NOTE: If anyone was at that show and remembers anything interesting or notably awful about it, please get in touch: will@arktimes.com

Tags: , , , , , ,


Speaking of...

Related Locations

Comments (4)

Showing 1-4 of 4

Add a comment

Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-4 of 4

Add a comment

More by Will Stephenson

  • A Q&A with Peter Guralnick

    On writing biographies, Elvis, Charlie Rich and more.
    • Apr 14, 2016
  • Ruthie Foster comes to South on Main

    Also, Mumford and Sons at Verizon, 29th Annual Ozark UFO Conference in Eureka Springs, Fantastic Cinema and Craft Beer Festival at Riverdale and Melanne Verveer at the Clinton School.
    • Apr 7, 2016
  • Goodbye to all that (Arkansas edition)

    What I'm trying to say is that I'm quitting the Arkansas Times — this is my last week — and not because I hated it, but because I loved it so much.
    • Apr 6, 2016
  • More »

Readers also liked…

  • V.L. Cox's "River Bridge" coming to South on Main

    Come snow or whatever, V.L. Cox will unveil her monumental painting "River Bridge" at South on Main on Thursday. The event runs 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the happening restaurant at 1304 Main St.
    • Mar 2, 2015
  • Listen to Lo Thraxx's new mixtape, 'Sharkansas'

    "Sharkansas," the new mixtape from Little Rock rapper Lo Thraxx has been one of our most anticipated local releases of the year, and it's out as of this afternoon. It features Two 9's Curtis Williams, Raz Fresco, Houston rappers Doeman and Roosh Williams, plus production by Fresco Grey, Trakksounds and others.
    • Mar 13, 2015
  • Raborn reflects on Italy, at Boswell Mourot DATE CHANGE

    It's a quick show, so don't put it off: "An Italy Experience: Reflections on the Past and Present," figurative work by Laura Raborn, is at Boswell Mourot Fine Art Feb. 28 through March 5. March 21-April 2.
    • Mar 18, 2015

Most Shared

Visit Arkansas

Logoly State Park dedicates new visitors center

Logoly State Park dedicates new visitors center

Arkansas’s first environmental education state park interprets the importance of the natural world and our place within it.

Most Recent Comments



© 2016 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation