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French Horn Rebellion

By Hana Frenette

French Horn Rebellion is an infectious indie-pop duo that caught the eye of Of Montreal earlier in the year. The two groups will be touring the country and inciting dance fests at every venue on their list as glitter and confetti undoubtedly rain from the ceiling.

The brothers came together to form their band after strange turns in both of their musical careers. Robert played the French horn since he was eight, and after earning a degree in French Horn Performance from Northwestern University and becoming a member of the Chicago Civic Orchestra, he decided he wanted something more.

“There came a point where I was tired of relentlessly practicing Beethoven excerpts, and instead wanted to create fun dance music, so I decided to start a French Horn Rebellion,” Robert Perlick-Molinari said. “Making dance music is fun and way easier than playing Strauss Horn Concerto No. 2!”

Meanwhile, brother David was working as a music producer in New York and had just produced MGMT’s first EP, “Time to Wonder.” David became interested in undertaking some musical tasks of his own and thus, joined forces with his brother.

The Brooklyn-based pair of brothers has been known to bust out some great costumes, accompanied by even greater hair and accessories, while singing catchy, dance-y, electro- rock tunes.

Of Montreal might be a hard act to open for, but French Horn Rebellion seems like a perfect fit. They’ve been praised by Pitchfork and they even had a Record of the Week on BBC.

“We’re pretty high energy—opening sets are pretty short, and our job is to get everybody ready to enjoy Of Montreal, and hopefully along the way, get to know a little bit about us, “ Perlick-Molinari said.

The band has also put out several videos, and is already preparing for the next few.

“We like to do simple videos with simple stories!” Perlick-Molinari said. “We’re in the process of developing a website where people can send videos of themselves doing silly things and playing their instruments. I’m really excited about how that will turn out.”

Now they’re playing in Mobile this weekend and releasing a new album later in December, and perhaps starting a new style.

“We are also releasing a new single, and working on a new genre we are calling, ‘Next Jack Swing,’” Perlick- Molinari said. “The single is called ‘Love is Dangerous.’ It features some of our friends in NYC as vocalists, and it really defines this new sound we’re trying to mold—I hope the world digs!”

Maybe there is something to be said for just doing what you love and dancing your heart out. Especially if the two are the same thing.

OF MONTREAL
WHAT: Of Montreal with French Horn Rebellion
WHEN: 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1
WHERE: Alabama Music Box, 455 Dauphin St., Mobile, Ala.
COST: $16
DETAILS: frenchhornrebellion.com; alabamamusicbox.net