But their year criss-crossing Europe, America and Australia reflects the extent to which their psychedelic pop has caught the imagination of young music-lovers.The two 25-year-olds are glassy-eyed and subdued, not from the hedonism for which they have quite a reputation, but from flu.Or in the words of Ben Goldwasser, “Everything is not OK.” One of the strangest MGMT interviews I’ve seen was Andrew talking to Anton Newcombe of The Brian Jonestown Massacre in a fifty-minute ramble-a-thon in Newcombe’s living room in Berlin. It’s like a long, awkward chess match of non sequiturs. Andrew Van Wyngarden: Yeah, well, Anton’s a pretty far out dude.His girlfriend was in the 8mm Bar, which we happened to pass by, and she came over and was like, “You want to come upstairs to meet Anton? His apartment is pretty crazy—I guess you can see it in the video."One of my goals is to tear people away from the internet," says Van Wyngarden, "because I think it is bad thing. A lot of social networking sites are promoting vanity and destroying privacy and mystery. We are getting rid of our My Space page and getting an old-fashioned PO box - and an old-school fan club, so we can send out newsletters."MGMT have clearly touched a nerve.As they did in their star turn at this year's Glastonbury, and on support slots with Radiohead and Beck, tonight they have the youth of Lille screaming out every word to their songs, transfixed by their carefree glamour."We want to make people happy and sad and confused at the same time," says Van Wyngarden.Thrust into the limelight in 2008 with their debut LP , the duo’s retrospective soundtrack to an unburdened childhood reserved its few dark moments to describe the approaching specter of adulthood.Five years and one commercial failure later, their self-titled third LP initially picks up where their last album—the Sonic Boom-produced ’s marked Side B moves beyond clever forays into psychedelic pop to a place more disorienting.
The tables have turned, and now the past is as dark as the future. It was the night before your show in Berlin in 2010. We were hanging out with Will Carruthers from Spectrum and Spacemen 3, and I know he’s a friend of Anton’s, but I had no idea that took place.
Mixing everything from shimmering glam rock on the epic single Time to Pretend, to disco, electro-funk and droning guitars, the record has a far-out feel.
Along with the duo's penchant for wearing headbands, it has had them classified as "psychedelic".
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