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