Psychedelic rock band MGMT is taking their unique sound to the beach for this years Hangout Music Festival.
The “band” was founded by members Andrew VanWyngarden (vocals, guitar, keyboard, drums, percussion) and Ben Goldwasser (vocals, keyboards, guitar, percussion). The two joined forces in 2002 at Wesleyan University, and four other artists have joined MGMT since then. The band has been present in music with active album releases from 2002 through 2013. Their distinct approach to music is immediately recognizable in their tracks.
Their claim to fame is undoubtedly their track “Kids,” which was released in 2007.
“Kids” experimental electro-pop sound and slightly disturbing lyrics immediately caught peoples eye and will forever be a classic. The track was featured on their album Oracular Spectacular which gave them momentum, following their 2005 album release. Many other bands have tried, and failed, to follow in the footsteps of MGMT. But, it is simply a fact that MGMT’s music will forever be immortalized just by track alone.
The band has not performed at a festival of this stature in a very long time. The last tour dates were two venue stops in Colorado from 2016, and dates from their world tour in 2014. Hangout will kick off a handful of festival stops scattered across North America, including a headlining spots at Mamby on the Beach and Life is Beautiful.
The best way to come into this Hangout set will be with no expectations.
Three years removed from their last festival performance, who knows what they have in store for fans this summer? If they stay true to their roots, experimentation and contrasting songs on stage is a given.
Their last album, self-titled MGMT, is literally a guided psychedelic electronic trip from song to song. It is perfectly crafted in a way only MGMT is capable of, so make sure you’re familiar with it.