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MGMT - Civic Hall, Wolverhampton - October 13 2013 (Live Review)

Tuesday, 22 October 2013 Written by Jaspreet Kaur Takhi

Essentially, the cosmic noise peddled by MGMT is made by Andrew VanWynGarden (the one who sings) and Benjamin Goldwasser (the one with the keyboards). 

When they play live though, they multiply. On stage at Wolverhampton's Civic Hall, they're six strong and a psychedelic musical force to be reckoned with.

Since they first stormed onto the scene in 2005 with Time to Pretend, MGMT have gradually become more experimental with their music, ditching a lot of their pop sheen for sprawling psych workouts.

Their current self-titled album is their trippiest to date. It's ominous, laid back at times, mysterious and not at all interested in pandering to the mainstream appeal that came with their smash hit debut, 'Oracular Spectacular'.

Having said that, they delivered a fantastic, balanced 90 minute set, belting out a mix of their new material as well as their early hits, including Electric Feel, Kids and Congratulations, which ended proceedings on a perfect note.

Just as hypnotic as the songs was the large projector screen in the background, which attempted to mesmerise the audience with visual stimulation. Instead of complementing the music though, it became an unwelcome distraction that detracted from the band's performance. While it looked great to start with, it ended up a bit like the visual equivalent of a Paul McKenna self-help book.

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