September 24, 2013 12:13

MGMT say Facebook and Twitter 'dilute' mystery value of bands

Ben Goldwasser says, 'It dilutes the whole thing in a way'

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MGMT have said that they do not think it is healthy for bands to share too much information on social networks like Facebook and Twitter.

Speaking to Digital Spy, both Ben Goldwasser and Andrew VanWyngarden said that they felt uncomfortable with feeling like they are expected to update fans constantly with information and revealed that they held off starting an MGMT Twitter account until earlier this year.

"People have come to expect that from the artist, that they should be sharing every aspect of their lives," says Goldwasser. He adds: "It dilutes the whole thing in a way, and I don't know if it'll ever be the same again where there were people like David Bowie. Who really knew anything about David Bowie? He was able to craft this mysterious image that wasn't really him but this character [Ziggy Stardust] he created. You don't know how much of it was him or the character. That's something that is getting lost."

VanWyngarden goes on to use Daft Punk as an example of an act who are doing things in a way they approve of.

He states: "It's not like we're wearing masks. I think that's what's so incredible about Daft Punk, how complete their myth is and impenetrable their image is – it's pretty amazing. That's not where we're at, but I'm happy that there is some mystery and questions around our band."

MGMT released their eponymous third album last week (September 23). Read NME's verdict on the Brooklyn duo's efforts here.

Meanwhile, MGMT are due to head out on tour next month, starting in Glasgow before ending up in London.

MGMT will play:
Glasgow ABC1 (October 12)
Wolverhampton Civic (13)
Manchester O2 Apollo (14)
London Forum (16)


To check the availability of MGMT tickets and get all the latest listings, go to NME.COM/TICKETS now, or call 0844 858 6765.

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