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Review: The Montreals @ Fat Controller

RAD LIFE

Review: The Montreals @ Fat Controller

Erin Gear

Last Friday night Adelaide was treated to something pretty special at Fat Controller. Three of Adelaide’s best local indie bands - Chiara La Woo, Winter Gypsy, and Zen Panda - came together to support The Montreals’ ‘Indigo Club’ EP launch ahead of their first interstate tour. The Adelaidian foursome kicked off their tour in support of The Byzantines in their hometown on the 10th February, and absolutely brought down the house!

If you missed out, don't fret, here's a snippet of the night for you to check out and see what all the hype is about!

The Montreals, the collective of Stefan Athanasov, Angus Crawford, Graham Cochran and Lachlan Billows, brought a considerable turn out to the popular venue - a clear indication of their loyal and supportive fan base, and unrivalled live musical talent.

Chiara La Woo kicked off the night, and got the crowd warmed up with their hit tracks Keep Your Feet and If You Find The TimeWinter Gypsy followed their set with some banging vocals and a mesmerising stage presence, which demanded your attention. Zen Panda finished off the support act with an energetic performance, which really got the crowd reeling in anticipation for The Montreals. 

Finally, the moment everyone had been waiting for, close to midnight The Montreals landed on stage with true rock-star charm. The whole room surged forwards towards the stage, pressing against the barriers - a reaction all musicians hope for. Having only formed in late 2015, The Montreals have an undeniably natural, magnetising and captivating live set - something which any muso, or muso-lover knows is hard to accomplish so early on. Expect to be wowed live!

The lads backstage via All You Can Eat//Fat Controller

The lads backstage via All You Can Eat//Fat Controller

Aside from the banging tunes performed, there was a raging mosh and some intense crowd surfing, which made the night that bit more excitable. The atmosphere was absolutely electric, and The Montreals delivered exactly what you would want an intimate band gig to be. It wouldn't even be a stretch to say that The Montreals brought this much needed cool change to Adelaide over the weekend, because they are without a doubt one of Adelaide's coolest up and coming bands.

Get in on the ground floor right now, because their fan base is sure to grow and expand beyond little old Radelaide faster than you can say 'Indigo Club'.

Image via All You Can Eat//Fat Controller

Image via All You Can Eat//Fat Controller

If you were one of the poor unfortunate souls who missed out on The Montreals' debut of 'Indigo Club', fear not, because they've just released a ton of official merchandise to help you jump on the band-wagon before they're back in Adelaide! 

The funky retro pop art inspired design for their first line of band T-shirts were designed by local artist Meg Bielby, and you'll be able to get your hands on them real soon. The guys are currently working on an online platform to sell their merch, so watch this space. 

Image via The Montreals' Facebook

Image via The Montreals' Facebook

In the meantime you can download 'Indigo Club' on iTunes here - but be warned, you'll have these tracks on repeat because they're so damn catchy - happy listening!

Header image via The Montreals' Facebook.