Evenings were a party. / by Ahmed Gallab


On April 2nd, 2008 we (Caribou) headed to Athens, GA. I was playing IN my favorite band! @pitchfork wrote about it and they even gave Sinkane a shoutout. It was surreal! 

After the show I went to say hi to some friends and was sidetracked by a tall drunk guy and his friends. They had a vibe. “Dude! We read the story and were scared that this show was going to be weird but you KILLED IT!” Then a young lady, Dotty, said, “We all play in @of_montreal and we were wondering if you wanted to play with us?” What?! Of Montreal?! “You guys really want ME to play with YOU!?” *THIS WAS THE 2ND DAY OF TOUR*

2 months later I ran into them at ATP Camber Sands Festival. A spectacle best described as the epitome of the early Oughts indie rock explosion. It contained bands like Caribou, Jay Reatard, of Montreal, Deerhunter, Born Ruffians, Black Lips, Dirty Projectors, Yeasayer, Times New Viking, Vampire Weekend, No Age, Fuck Buttons, Hot Chip, Bon Iver and many more. All of the bands stayed in chalets connected to one another. Evenings were a party. Some notable moments were doing MDMA with Jay Reatard (who was already tripping on acid and washing everything down with wine), having a push-up contest with of Montreal, and watching Jared from Black Lips trash Deerhunter’s chalet. I also met @anandwilder & Ira from @yeasayerthat day. 

I moved to Athens that summer. The night before my first rehearsal, Kevin gave me an MPC, a CD and said, “have 3 songs ready for tomorrow.” I worked relentlessly with my friend @what_evan to set up my rig that month. 

Of Montreal marked a lot of firsts for me. 1st time on a bus, big scale EU tour, playing a show with a horse, and 1st time playing on TV. It was a lot of fun although bittersweet. The band was going through a tough time and I felt like everyone’s grievances were projected onto me. Granted, I WAS a snotty 24 yr old. I take responsibility for my cockiness. Still, I dealt with a lot from those guys. What I was told would be a year of touring ended abruptly that December. My last show with them was on David Letterman. Afterward, I took a cab to my sister’s place in Brooklyn and decided to stay. #hardcoretourstories