Aidin Vaziri | There are a lot of amazing acts at this year’s Treasure Island Music Festival, which takes place next weekend, but the band everyone will be clamoring to see is the Brooklyn electro-pop duo MGMT. Even though the tie-dyed group released its first album, “Oracular Spectacular,” more than a year ago, hits such as “Kids” and “Electric Feel” have pretty much kept the duo on the road ever since, with work on a follow-up release commencing only a few months ago. Singer Andrew VanWyngarden talked to us about festivals, kids’ shows and, naturally, Phish.
Andrew VanWyngarden of MGMT
Q: Are you guys ready to compete with the Flaming Lips and their giant hamster ball?
A: I don’t think that would be a wise competition for us. We don’t have any crazy production in our show. Most the bands we’re influenced by are in their own world when they play live, from the Grateful Dead to Royal Trux to Spacemen 3. We’re kind of the same way.
Q: How is that possible when your videos are full of Chuck E. Cheese characters and people wearing feathered headdresses romping in the jungle?
A: I know. It kind of leads to a lot of people being disappointed, but that’s all right. We don’t want to use any backing tracks when we play. In order to do that, all the concentration is going to be on playing and singing.
Q: You just made a guest appearance on the children’s show “Yo Gabba Gabba!” Is MGMT good for the kids?
characters and people wearing feathered headdresses romping in the jungle?
A: I don’t know. I’m surprised Nickelodeon or whoever it is went through with it because most people are going to be like, “These guys are tripping on mushrooms!” Maybe when you’re a kid you don’t really pick up on that. But that’s probably one of the best things we’ve ever done. I was so happy with the way it turned out.