MGMT announce new album and September 2010 UK tour

Posted: 6th April 2010

When MGMT released their debut record in late 2007 they were quickly heralded as one of the most exciting new bands in the world. The music-loving public united in worshipping the New Yorkers' synth take on noughties pop and in trying to work out whether they should call them M-G-M-T or 'Management'. For a few brief, enjoyable weeks, cool kids across the land were trembling at the prospect of making an unforgiveable faux pas.

It transpired that Ben Goldwasser and Andrew Van Wyngarden had originally fashioned themselves as 'The Management' but that name was already in use so opted instead for MGMT, which - let's face it - is much better. 'The Management' sounds like the kind of band Eastenders' characters would form. Even 'HR' or 'Admin' would have been better than The Management (what were they thinking?).

Dodgy name aside, Ben and Andrew stole the show with tracks like Kids and Time To Pretend and are soon to release the greatly anticipated follow-up to Oracular Spectacular, 'Congratulations', which is set for release next week on 13th April.

Brooklyn's finest synth-rockers have also announced they will be touring the UK with the new material in September - tickets for the seven-date tour are on general sale from 9am on Friday 9th April.

The short tour starts in Dublin at Olympia and concludes with back-to-back dates at the Brixton Academy. They'll also be bringing their impressive stage show to the comparatively intimate (and wonderful) Manchester Apollo on Sunday September 26.

So get your ticket, get the new record, and set your eyes to stun. In that order.

Stewart Darkin