MGMT: 'We never intended to be a mainstream band'

US duo tell NME about their second album's change of direction

Pieter M. van Hattem
Pic: Pieter M. van Hattem
MGMT have said they never intended to become a mainstream band, despite releasing huge-selling singles including 'Time To Pretend' and 'Kids'.

The band, whose second album 'Congratulations' saw them take a more leftfield approach influenced by the likes of Television Personalities, told NME that they felt uneasy being initially pigeonholed as an "electro-pop" and "dance" act following the success of their previous releases.

"It would be wrong to say that we ever had pure intentions of being a mainstream band," Andrew VanWyngarden explained. "We began to realise that people thought of us as this electro-pop dance act. And that's really not who we are."

VanWyngarden added that he thinks the band will be pressurised to make a more accessible follow-up to 'Congratulations', though he said he's been "getting into a lot of early, minimal Detroit techno" in recent weeks.

Read the full interview with MGMT in this week's issue of NME, which is on UK newsstands now, or available digitally worldwide right now.
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