MGMT at First Avenue, 11/18/13
|Photo by Mark N. Kartarik|
First Avenue, Minneapolis
Monday, November 19, 2013
Is it a good or a bad sign when a show has to move from a larger venue to a smaller one? For one, Andrew VanWyngarden, the lead singer of MGMT didn't care.
He told the audience, "It sure is cool to play here at First Avenue," bringing cheers from the young group of kids there to see the band's style of ambient indie rock. So, for those who could drink, they did, and the ones who snuck in something else, they used it. For the sober ones, the evening could have used a little pick-me-up at times.
For a band that made a name around dance music, MGMT lack the moves onstage. But what they lacked, they made up for in screen projections behind them. The band was comprised of VanWyngarden, his collaborator, Ben Goldwasser, and opening band Kuroma that turned into the backing band for MGMT -- what a financially efficient way to tour. The group opened with "Weekend Wars" off of their breakout album Oracular Spectacular.
|Photos by Mark N. Kartarik|
Though not considered to be a shoegaze band, MGMT fits the role perfectly at times, especially when Andrew brings out his falsetto. One of the group's bigger hits, "Electric Feel," was immediately recognized in the beginning riffs, making the audience cheer to the pulsing synth-driven kaleidoscopic piece.
What everyone was actually waiting for was the massively fun "Kids." As soon as Goldwasser hit the first notes, all of the kids were off their feet. Phones were pulled out as VanWyngarden took his hand-held camera and pointed it at the audience. So meta. With their extended bridge, the band got to jam on three different keyboards, stretching the piece to over eight minutes and extending the party a little bit longer. Hopefully this is not a parallel to the band's career -- living off the one hit. As the group gathered after the bridge to finish out the song, MGMT was in their element, and reminded everyone that they still knew how to throw a party.