of Montreal is an American pop rock band from Athens, Georgia. He is part of the musical collective Elephant 6.
The group was formed in 1996 by Kevin Barnes, his name refers to an unsuccessful affair he had with a woman from Montreal, Quebec. Initially only member of the group, Barnes surrounds then Derek Almstead and Bryan Poole. The trio recorded their first album in 1997, Cherry Peel, followed by The Bedside Drama: A Petite Tragedy the following year, on the Kindercore Records label.
That same year, Pool left the training to focus on his other group. Since then, new musicians join Of Montreal: Jamey Huggins, Dottie Alexander and Andy Gonzales. In 1999 released a third album: The Gay Parade, followed by Coquelicot Asleep in the Poppies: A Variety of Whimsical Verse in 2001 and Aldhils Arboretum in 2002.
2004 sees the release of Satanic Panic in the Attic, almost entirely written and composed by Barnes, this time on the label Polyvinyl. Almstead and Gonzales leave the group, but Pool reinstates him during the tour. The musical style of the album is more focused on electronic sounds and synthesizers, which marks a change from previous years.