“We've Got the Vision, Now Let's Have Some Fun”
Current “It-factor” band, MGMT, sold out the Echoplex along with co-headliner Yeasayer last Saturday. Our group of seven withstood the two hours of rain to get the last remaining tickets. Literally, we were of the final 25 lucky “walk-ons”(the doorman assigned us numbers, you’d think Willy Wonka was headlining). This kind of commitment contest was not expected for such a young act, whose first album only came out last week (then again we should have learned something from that Vampire Weekend experience).
MGMT’s debut, Oracular Spectacular, has become a force in the apartment since all roommates fell hard for its acid-washed videos and anthems like 08’ frontrunner, “Electric Feel.” I haven’t seen such unified listening sessions since this time last year when Of Montreal first Hissed from our windows.
All elements fell into place for this legendary night; old friends in town, a day full of beach volleyball, and that cohesive buzz I just talked about. That was until we realized the prospect of a sell out. It didn’t look good for us and the dozens of others in a line of uncertainty running off Sunset Blvd. But torrential downpour on top of anticipation would only add to the tale. And luckily we had enough Christopher Walken impersonators around to pass the time. There was this general “record release party” vibe going on inside.
From what I caught of Yeasayer, they infused some extra energy into tracks from All Hours Cymbals. In other words, the whole thing came to life nicely.
We migrated to the front as Andrew VanWyngarden, Ben Goldwasser, and the rest of MGMT (they tour as a five-piece) setup their own equipment. VanWyngarden, who I must say has every unsaid appeal imaginable as a frontman, gently plugged in like it were a high school battle of the bands. But right from the opener, “Handshake”, it was nothing short of psychedelic pop perfection (or rock done right, or dance all sexed up, or whatever you want to try and call it).
The band stuck around after the show. It didn’t take long for stadiums and shrines power hype guy, Tony Earley, to approach the humble guys by the merch table. What transpired from that conversation on cannot fully be retold in this internet age… but let’s just say the story ends with a 3am text message from Andrew saying something like,
More videos from the show:
“See you at Coachella. Space Kittens Forever!”