While they took a break from touring and recording beginning in 2014, MGMT came back in late 2017 in a big way. In October of 2017 the band released their first single in four years, “Little Dark Age, the title track from their fourth studio album. Two more singles followed, “When You Die” on Dec.12 and “Hand It Over” on Jan. 5, 2018. AXS has compiled a list of things you should know about MGMT. Here are five things that might surprise you.
1. MGMT met in college
The core duo of MGMT, Ben Goldwasser and Andrew VanWyngarden, met while attending Wesleyan University in Connecticut. Their original names was The Management, however, they had to change because of a conflict with another band. Another interesting fact, the band Francis and the Lights were schoolmates of Goldwasser and VanWyngarden.
2. The band has some very famous Fans
MGMT enjoys the admiration of some of the biggest names in rock. In 2009, Bruce Springsteen attended their late night set at the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, after his headlining slot. MGMT also opened for Paul McCartney at Fenway Park in Boston the same year. Paul has openly stated that he is a fan of the band.
3. MGMT sold out their first Red Rocks headline
Playing at the iconic Colorado amphitheater is a milestone for any band or artist. But MGMT went above and beyond for their show at the famed venue on June 11, 2010.. For their first headlining slot at Red Rocks, the band sold out the 9,500 seat venue. It was their largest headlining show up to that point.
4. The band dressed as the “Scooby-Doo” gang
That same year, MGMT performed at the Voodoo Express Festival in New Orleans. For their costume, the whole band--including touring members Will Berman, Matt Asti, and James Richardson--dressed as the characters from “Scooby-Doo.” The core duo dressed as the ladies in the gang, with WynGarden donning a red wig as Daphne and Goldwasser throwing on the glasses to play Velma.
5. The band’s collaborations
MGMT has collaborated with a number of high-profile bands and artists. In 2009, the band contributed to Beck’s covers album Songs of Leonard Cohen. MGMT has often recorded with renowned producer Dave Fridmann, who has also worked with The Flaming Lips. The band worked with The Lips on the track “Worm Mountain” on their 2009 album Embryonic. MGMT then teamed up with the rapper Kid Cudi on his 2010 track “Pursuit of Happiness” along with Ratatat. The video for the song, which featured MGMT, was nominated for Best Hip-Hop Video at the MTV VMAs.