MGMT are making a summer comeback
That effort marked the third release by Andrew VanWyngarden and Benjamin Goldwasser, who make up MGMT, and followed the band’s previous records, 2010’s Congratulations and their 2007 debut Oracular Spectacular.
Of these albums, MGMT is best known for Oracular Spectacular simply because it is spectacular.
The album spawned the hit singles “Time to Pretend,” “Electric Feel” and “Kids,” and earned MGMT multiple Grammy nominations and a win for Best Remixed Recording for the Justice remix of “Electric Feel.”
Oracular Spectacular also made Rolling Stone magazine’s Top 20 Albums of the Decade list.
Now the guys of MGMT are busy preparing their long-awaited comeback which involves a new album and summer festival tour dates.
“Spare time is a foreign concept right now,” Ben answered when I asked him just how swamped they are.
But they’ve got it under control. This isn’t their first album release and definitely not their first festival run.
MGMT has performed at fests around the planet from Coachella in California and the Glastonbury Festival in England to the Fuji Rock Festival in Japan and Osheaga in Montreal.
Still, Ben admits that globetrotting isn’t always easy.
“I remember the first couple times we toured. We had no idea how to deal with time zones and jet lag. We were in a zombie state for longer than we should have been and we slept all day and couldn’t at night. We realized that we have to take a couple days off once in a while and not do anything. We know better now.”
May 5 – Beale Street Music Festival – Memphis, TN
May 19 – Hangout Beach, Music and Arts Festival – Gulf Shores, AL
May 27 – Sasquatch Music Festival – Quincy, WA
June 24 – Mamby on the Beach – Chicago, IL
July 28 – Panorama NYC – New York, NY
August 4 – Osheaga – Montreal, Canada