Published Apr 29, 2014Of Montreal have been around for close to two decades, and in that time, the band have evolved from psych folk to freaky experimental funk to stripped-down rock. Now, the whole journey is being chronicled with a documentary film, The Past Is a Grotesque Animal.
Directed by Jason Miller, the film will premiere this summer. There are a number of U.S. screenings booked for June, and while there currently aren't any Canadian screenings, digital downloads are available to pre-order now. It will arrive via Oscilloscope Laboratories on June 24, Pitchfork reports.
The film was funded through a Kickstarter campaign in 2012. At the time, it was due to be called Song Dynasties.
The Past Is a Grotesque Animal takes its name from a track from 2007's Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer?, and a press release describes it like this: "The Past Is a Grotesque Animal is a personal, accessible portrait of an artist — of Montreal frontman Kevin Barnes — whose pursuit to make transcendent music at all costs drives him to value art over human relationships. As he struggles with all of those around him, family and bandmates alike, he's forced to reconsider the future of the band, begging the question — is this really worth it?"
Watch a trailer below.