MGMT give French fans peek at new album

Wed Mar 24, 2010 3:52pm EDT
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By Dominique Vidalon

PARIS (Reuters) - Andrew VanWyngarden and Ben Goldwasser from American psychedelic-electro rock act MGMT were back in Paris Tuesday to give fans a taste of their upcoming second album "Congratulations," out on April 12.

The Brooklyn-based pair and their band kicked off a one-hour long set at the sold-out Trabendo venue with "Flash Delirium," a new song which set the mood of an album full of haunted and dreamy psychedelic sounds.

"Nice to be in Paris. This is a nice, very intimate setting," a smiling VanWyngarden told the 700-capacity crowd.

The gig was part of a string of low-key European shows MGMT has embarked on this month to showcase the keenly anticipated follow-up to their 2008 debut album "Oracular Spectacular" that has been praised for its stylistic breadth and anthemic tunes which poked fun at fame and rock excess.

So far fans had only heard "Flash Delirium," a new track with its telling lyric "We will never be as big as the Rolling Stones," the band gave away as a free download this month.

Despite a setlist dominated by new material, MGMT quickly established a connection with the audience, which cheered new songs such as "It's working" or "I Found a Whistle" but went into a frenzy for old favorites such as "Electric Feel."

In interviews the band has said that "Congratulations" was a reaction to the success of the first album, which sold over one million copies, and that they tried not to recreate the hits of their debut.

Complacency was not on the band's agenda as MGMT did not play their biggest hit "Kids," the song French President Nicolas Sarkozy's UMP party used for a campaign without the band's permission last year and was fined for doing so.   Continued...

<p>The band "MGMT" arrives at the 52nd annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles January 31, 2010. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni</p>