MGMT Readies Summer Album Release with Spring Tour
MGMT will be hitting the road in North America while getting ready to release its upcoming third album.
The group will start things off with a show at Pennsylvania State University in University Park, Pennsylvania on April 26, and will stay on the tour through a May 18 date at the Frost Amphitheater in Palo Alto, California. Other cities on the tour include Geneseo, New York; Providence, Rhode Island; Winnipeg; Vancouver; Spokane, Washington and Portland, Oregon.
Additionally, the group will appear at the Firefly Music Festival in Dover on June 21-23 and the Kanrocksas Festival in Kansas City on June 28-29, as well as a previously announced gig at the Bunbury Music Festival in Cincinnati on July 13.
The group has yet to reveal the name or official release date of the new album, though it is expected to be released in June. In a post on the group’s official Facebook page, it also was revealed that fans should “look out for a special MGMT Record Store Day release, arriving on April 20th (aka 420)!!
The new album will be the group’s first since 2010’s Congratulations. The band received quite a bit of negative feedback for that album’s relative inaccessibility compared to their debut, Oracular Spectacular, from 2007. But the group recently told Rolling Stone that the new album will be even weirder than the last.
“We’re not trying to make music that everyone understands the first time they hear it,” said band member Ben Goldwasser in an interview. Songwriting partner Andrew VanWyngarden adds that public perception of the group after the release of the second album was wrong.
“People thought we took too many drugs, which was not the case at all,” he said. “We were less naïve after Congratulations.” He also said that there was no pressure from their label, Columbia, to make a more traditional pop record.
“There’s no illusion on their part that we’re going to turn into a Top 40 band,” he continued. “That’s kind of comforting.”