​of Montreal announces new album, UR FUN, out 1/17 – listen to
​of Montreal announces new album, UR FUN, out 1/17 – listen to "Peace To All Freaks"
Posted 11/14/2019

The wait is over. A new of Montreal record right when we need it – UR FUN arrives January 17, 2020. Listen to the first track and single "Peace To All Freaks," described by Kevin Barnes as a “protest song against totalitarianism, familial terrorism and wastefulness in all its forms,” that expresses love to the outcasts and the gentle people in this world, leaving us with this reminder: “Hush, hush/ Don’t let’s be cynical/ don’t let’s be bitter/ If you feel like you can’t do it for yourself then do it for us.”

Kevin and Christina make out in a car at the airport, flipping off the police officer that tells them to keep moving. Kevin and Christina discuss taking ecstasy as couple’s therapy. Kevin and Christina break down and then reconnect.

The new love we heard about on the last of Montreal record, White Is Relic/Irrealis Mood, is settling. If that was the falling-in-love record, then UR FUN is the staying-in-love record. After several albums recorded with collaborators and various band members, Barnes opted to record this one completely alone. In his home studio in Athens, Georgia, Barnes isolated himself in creative hibernation, working obsessive 12-plus hour days arranging manic synth and drum machine maps on a computer screen with bouncy, melodic basslines, glam guitars and layered vocal harmonies.

Inspired by albums like Cyndi Lauper’s She’s So Unusual and Janet Jackson’s Control, Barnes set out to make UR FUN into the kind of album where every song could be a single, complete with huge hooky choruses and nostalgic dance grooves. The result is an unstoppably fun album that could also pass for a carefully sequenced greatest-hits collection if taken out of context.

Pre-order your Early Bird copy now from the Polyvinyl Store on Half Black/Half White vinyl and go for the limited edition UR FUN Test Pressing (hand numbered with screen printed jacket), which comes with the deluxe LP plus a bonus 7" Flexi with "Deliberate Self-harm Ha Ha" (Acoustic Version). 10% of those proceeds will be donated to the Palestinian Children’s Relief Fund. Grab some perfect merch while you are at it and stay FUN year round.

They'll take the show on the road in 2020 with support from Lily’s Band, Lily and Horn Horse, and Locate S,1. All upcoming tour dates listed below and onsale now.

  • 11/23 - Atlanta, GA @ Over/Under Fest
  • 12/31 - Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
  • 02/27 - Athens, GA @ Georgia Theatre #
  • 02/28 - Asheville, NC @ The Orange Peel #
  • 02/29 - Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle #
  • 03/01 - Richmond, VA @ Broadberry #
  • 03/02 - Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club #
  • 03/03 - Providence, RI @ Columbus Theatre #
  • 03/04 - Boston, MA @ The Sinclair #
  • 03/05 - Brooklyn, NY @ Elsewhere #
  • 03/06 - Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer #
  • 03/07 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Smalls Theatre %
  • 03/08 - Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom %
  • 03/09 - Grand Rapids, MI @ Pyramid Scheme %
  • 03/10 - Madison, WI @ The Majestic Theatre %
  • 03/11 - Minneapolis, MN @ Fine Line %
  • 03/12 - Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge %
  • 03/13 - Cincinnati, OH @ The Woodward Theater %
  • 03/14 - Nashville, TN @ Little Harpeth %
  • 03/26 - Memphis, TN @ The Hi Tone $
  • 03/27 - St. Louis, MO @ The Ready Room $
  • 03/28 - Omaha, NE @ The Waiting Room $
  • 03/29 - Englewood, CO @ The Gothic $
  • 03/30 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge $
  • 03/31 - Missoula, MT @ Top Hat $
  • 04/01 - Seattle, WA @ Neumos $
  • 04/02 - Eugene, OR @ WOW Hall $
  • 04/03 - Sacramento, CA @ Harlow’s $
  • 04/04 - Berkeley, CA @ UC Theatre $
  • 04/05 - Los Angeles, CA @ Regent Theatre $
  • 04/06 - Tucson, AZ @ 191 Toole $
  • 04/07 - Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent $
  • 04/08 - Albuquerque, NM @ Sister $
  • 04/10 - Dallas, TX @ Trees $
  • 04/11 - Austin, TX @ Mohawk $
  • 04/12 - New Orleans, LA @ Howlin’ Wolf $

# w/ Lily’s Band, % w/ Lily and Horn Horse, $ w/ Locate S,1