Band discuss their mixed feelings on modern pop music
Andrew VanWyngarden of MGMT has hinted that David Guetta approached the band with a view to recording a collaboration with them.
The band started their career with two hit singles – ‘Kids’ and ‘Time To Pretend’ before exploring more psychedelic directions on their second and third albums.
Speaking to Digital Spy about the current state of the charts, VanWyngarden explained that he hates Guetta’s song ‘Titanium’ because it is so catchy. “What’s that huge song – I don’t actually like it cos I get so furious when it gets stuck in my head,” he said. “‘I am titanium’ [by David Guetta] It drills into your brain!” He adds: “I think [Guetta] actually has maybe approached us.”
VanWyngarden’s bandmate Ben Goldwasser was similarly dismissive of pop music, specifically the lyrical content in the songs. “The production a lot of the time is really cool and impressive,” Goldwasser said. “But it’s hard for me to identify with a lot of the lyrics. So much of it seems to be about completely forgetting any sort of responsibility and having fun. It’s nice that people have that music to turn off the world to, but it doesn’t have the kind of staying power that I crave.”
Earlier this month MGMT admitted that their new album features music which they “don’t even know if it’s music we would want to listen to”. They also said they were troubled by some of the artists they met after signing a major label record deal in 2006.
“So many musicians have this really commercial sensibility about everything,” Ben Goldwasser said. “That made me really disgusted. Looking at music as a product, talking about what we were doing like a brand? We had never thought about music that way.”
In August, MGMT revealed the surreal video for their new single ‘Your Life Is A Lie’, which is taken from the album. In the video the band are joined by a number of different characters including a choir of skeletons, Happy Days actor Henry Winkler and a crying pebble.
MGMT will tour the UK later this year, playing four dates in October including a gig at London’s Forum.
MGMT will play:
Glasgow ABC1 (October 12)
Wolverhampton Civic (13)
Manchester O2 Apollo (14)
London Forum (16)