Band: MGMT Viewed: 4.30.13
I started listening to MGMT unwillingly in 2007/ 2008 when synth music was really coming back. I had made a secret promise to myself back then that Radiohead was the only acceptable band to use synth so heavily. I think this was a struggle for my old heart to never let the Beatles die out, which they won’t regardless. I thought MGMT sounded like senseless dance music, a fad of sorts. Because let’s face it, Electric Feel could have easily been foreshadowing to a disaster, e.g. Cobra Star Ship.
It wasn’t until 2010 when I started to realize and embrace their psychedelic musicality. I purchased Oracular Spectacular, and it did not disappoint. Not only are they inventive with moving melodies and lyrics, there is still an old rock ‘n roll soul in their music. If you listen to “Pieces of What” and don’t immediately think Mick Jagger, you need to seriously evaluate what you know about rock ‘n roll. They even reference The Rolling Stones in their second album Congratulations, Flash Delirium: “The hot dog’s getting cold, And you’ll never be as good as the Rolling Stones.”
This is why when we heard they were touring through Portland, ME, tickets were purchased IMMEDIATELY. The show was amazing. The sound was great and the momentum felt natural. With every familiar tune, my heart was a flutter anticipating memorized solos and riffs. They even premiered a few new tracks from their upcoming album. The only shock was that they didn’t play Kids! I’m pretty sure everyone was expecting it, especially during the encore. Still, not a deal breaker for me.
What I didn’t realize until being at the show is how old I’m becoming. Practically all the show goers were under 21. I know this because none of them wore wristbands. For some reason, this bothered me to know that more young adults weren’t in attendance. But I did remind myself, on more than one occasion, that the band members of MGMT are 30-ish and that I’m not crazy old for being there and enjoying myself immensely. All in all, I would highly recommend seeing them live! Also, here is a mediocre photo I took of them: