Atlanta Audiences Experience The Dark Ages with MGMT
MGMT, a band whose music was once a staple for every teenage indie rebellion movie, has since moved forward into their own “Little Dark Age”. The band released their fourth album just last month, and will be touring the US until late June. A departure from their old themes, “Little Dark Age” tackles harder issues, such as loneliness, resentment, and navigating the digital age. The album also removes itself from the upbeat pop sounds from past albums, and introduces heavy amounts of sonic friction that strike a chord with the listener. The offbeat symphs and dissonant notes create a disturbing but somehow enchanting listening experience.
The band released their Grammy-nominated, debut album Oracular Spectacular in 2007. This was followed by 2010's Congratulations and 2013's self-titled album MGMT.
Last week MGMT brough their US tour to the Coca-Cola Roxy in Atlanta, GA. The unseasonal 40-degree weather didn’t sway audiences from waiting outside in the wind for upwards of two hours. The stage was adorned with faux plants, roman columns, fog, and huge screens for projections. The band took the stage and broke into their songs without needing a warm-up act. The rapidly changing lights and projections creating a mesmerizing and exciting experience, and kept the energy going through the bands entire set.
The perfect mix of old a new, MGMT’s set focused on sharing their new album, but sprinkled their fan favorites such as “Time to Pretend”, “Kids” and “Congratulations” in all the right places.
MGMT seems to have perfected what so many bands have tried - moving forward with their music and changing their message, while still showing a mastery of sound that resonates with old fans. The latest album is an obvious move forward, growing as a band but also growing with their fans.
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