September 17th, 2009 4:23am

Equilibrium Spinning

of Montreal @ Santos Party House 9/16/2009

Set #1: Mingusings / Suffer For Fashion / Sink The Seine / Cato As A Pun / Forecast Fascist Future / Requiem For OMM2 / Rapture Rapes The Muses / Id Engager / Faberge Falls For Shuggie / For Our Elegant Caste / Touched Something’s Hollow / An Eluardian Instance / Heimdalsgate Like A Promethean Curse / The Past Is A Grotesque Animal Set #2: We Were Born The Mutants Again With Leafling / Bunny Ain’t No Kind Of Rider / Beware Our Nubile Miscreants / My British Tour Diary / She’s A Rejecter / Love Hangover (with Solange) / Heat Wave (with Solange) / Oslo In The Summertime / Anderson Cooper 360 chant –> very long jam including bits of Sweet Child O Mine, Suffragette City, Daytripper, She’s Like The Wind, Footloose, and Don’t Let Me Down

of Montreal's stage setlists

These are the setlists from the stage. As you can see, the band deviated significantly from their plan for the second set of the night.

This was not a public show, but rather a Fashion Week event put on by various sponsors. As such, I think the band was in an odd mood, and far more inclined to fuck around than they would be at a show full of paying fans. The first set was fun but certainly not the band at full power, and I don’t blame them — they were performing for a crowded room mainly comprised of people with minimal investment in their music. There were excellent moments — “Grotesque Animal” was particularly unhinged — but overall, the quality of the songs trumped the pleasure of the actual performances. By the time the band came out for a second set, Kevin Barnes was clearly pretty far gone for whatever reason, and basically seemed insane for the remainder of the evening. “Bunny…” was a total trainwreck, albeit in an amusing way, and from there on, the performance became increasingly odd and loose until the group surrendered to their impulses and basically just jammed out on classic rock nonsense while Barnes’ wife and her friends writhed around onstage. It was wildly indulgent, and totally hilarious. Also, uh, Solange showed up for a while there. Huh.

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