Thursday 26 April 2018

MGMT concerned over second album

Andrew VanWyngarden says Congratulations may need a few listens
Andrew VanWyngarden says Congratulations may need a few listens

MGMT have admitted their new album may not be instantly likeable.

After the success of 2008's Oracular Spectacular, frontmen Ben Goldwasser and Andrew VanWyngarden have urged fans to give their record Congratulations a few listens before deciding if they like it.

Andrew said: "This album to me is something that needs to be listened to kind of carefully and a couple of times to really get into it, and I think there's a good chance that a lot of people will kind of immediately brush it off ... like, 'This is bad'. I hope they don't, but I feel a lot of people might do that."

Andrew said the band - which also includes bassist Mat Asti, drummer Will Berman and guitarist James Richardson - were determined not to become too mainstream, and had even turned down supporting slots for well-known acts.

"We've seen it on the inside, what mainstream music (does) and what it evolves like with live shows and with marketing and promotion, and it just kind of grosses us out, and no matter what benefits, like financially or otherwise we could get from it, it's just not what we want to do," he said.

He added: "We've turned down a lot of opening spots for kind of these huge world bands in arenas and we've turned down a lot of commercial licensing, and I think we've done a good job in trying to preserve our career, because this is what we want to do. It's really just about music."

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