MGMT recently sat down with Rolling Stone for an interview about their upcoming third album. MGMT is due out later this month, and the band just released a trailer featuring some of the new music. In addition to the cinematic preview, the interview gives fans a glimpse into the making of the new record.
In the interview, the band reveals that they were working 12 hour days for weeks, and it had some negative effects on the members. Frontman Andrew VanWyngarden admits, "I had total mental breakdowns sometimes." To help himself feel better, he adopted an adorable pet. "I was like, 'I'm gonna go in the grocery store, and if there's a flier up that says FREE KITTENS, I'm gonna get one.'"
MGMT also touched on their past. They were offered a record deal back in 2006, but they were disappointed with the business side of the music industry. Ben Goldwasser states:
So many musicians have this really commercial sensibility about everything. That made me really disgusted. Looking at music as a product, talking about what we were doing like a brand? We had never thought about music that way.
The band's sophomore album was not recieved as warmly as their first, and it triggered a low point in their career. The duo felt "uncomfortable," and during their tour in support of the record, VanWyngarden asked himself, "What am I actually doing right now?" Luckily, the band has bounced back from the struggles, and their new album is even more experimental. As VanWyngarden proudly reveals:
I don't even know if it's music we would want to listen to. It's just what's coming out of us. We didn't make a single compromise.
Based on what we've heard so far from their lead single, "Your Life Is A Lie," and the new trailer, the music certainly sounds intriguing. MGMT will be out on September 17th, and is available for pre-order on iTunes now.
Via Rolling Stone