With their psychedelic electro-rock EP Time to Pretend making an appearance in 2005, MGMT captured the attention of the music industry with their explosive pop inspired tracks like “Time To Pretend” and “Kids.” They followed up the release by formulating a jam-packed tour schedule and ultimately attracted the attention of producer Dave Fridmann, who worked with the band on their next release, Oracular Spectacular, which dropped in 2008.
Their most recent album arrived two years later and is called Congratulations. It’s been a while since MGMT’s very beginnings in the industry, and since then they have amassed a large fan base. Join the crowds at one of their live shows. MGMT tickets are currently available at StubHub.
MGMT was in danger of falling into what the industry refers to as the “sophomore slump” when they prepared to issue their second album, titled Congratulations. It turned out, however that the group had very little to worry about as Congratulations showcased a much more creative approach to songwriting than their previous efforts. Tracks like “Flash Delirium,” “Siberian Breaks” and “It’s Working” all emphasized MGMT’s emergence onto the music scene and their ability to continuously develop fresh material.
An example of their creativeness is the band’s latest music video for “Congratulations.” The video features Andrew VanWyngarden and Ben Goldwasser walking through a barren dessert along with a quickly decomposing creature reminiscent of both a bird and camel. At the video’s end, the creature is found in pieces and the two band members carry the remains off so that it can finally rest in peace. In the very end, small little stars spring out from the creature’s body and fly up to shine in the night sky. VanWyngarden and Goldwasser emphasize their congratulations to the creature for its effort in crossing the vast, hot landscape.
MGMT first formed in 2005 in Brooklyn, N.Y.. At the time founding members Ben Goldwasser and Andrew VanWyngarden weren’t exactly looking to start a band, but found they had a shared interest in electronic music as well as psychedelic pop. As a result, MGMT the band was formed out of the collaboration between the two artists and they quickly started gaining popularity.
As they started finding their feet in the industry, the band supported Radiohead on their world tour in 2008 and also opened for several other notable artists like M.I.A. and Beck. Their very first headlining show was held in 2009 in Little Rock, Ark. and from then on the members of MGMT were on the ground running.
Since the release of Congratulations they’ve appeared on a few late night programs including Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. They are also frequent performers at music festivals around the globe and, as always, manage to keep a busy tour schedule throughout the year. These days, their tours attract thousands of fans, so be one of the many in the crowd at one of their upcoming gigs. MGMT tickets can be found today at StubHub.
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