MGMT played a sold-out show in Spokane on Tuesday, May 14, and thenaturalstoner and I were there (shaky cell phone camera and all) to brave a sea of skinny jeans and listen to some jams by the Grammy nominated band.
Prior to this show, the only MGMT songs I was familiar with were Time to Pretend and Kids (go ahead and roll your eyes). Not that I disliked the band, they just never made it on my musical radar.
Sometimes being unfamiliar with a band’s music turns out to be a good thing. I was able to experience this show with no preconceived bias for or against MGMT. Hearing a song like Electric Feel for the first time in an intimate venue, like The Knitting Factory, is quite the trip. Everybody (including myself) was clapping, dancing and generally having a great time.
As a whole, MGMT delivered a different experience than I anticipated. They played more mellow jams than I was expecting, paired with psychedelic imagery projected on the video screen behind them…a few songs had a Pink Floyd-esque feel to them.
So, if you’re a fan of MGMT, I definitely recommend catching one of their shows the next time they are around. And if you’re on the fence about it, I’d encourage you to check them out. You might be surprised by how much you enjoy the show.
Of Moons, Birds & Monsters
Your Life Is a Lie
Time to Pretend
Introspection (Faine Jade cover)
I Found a Whistle