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MGMT is an American pop and rock band formed in 2002 in Middletown, Connecticut. It was founded by multi-instrumentalists Andrew VanWyngarden and Ben Goldwasser. Alongside VanWyngarden and Goldwasser, MGMT's live lineup currently consists of drummer Will Berman, bassist Simon O'Connor, and guitarist and keyboard James Richardson.
Part of a piece written by Gavin Haynes for THE GUARDIAN back in February 2018 about the surreal success of MGMT: "MGMT was huge. The duo graced 2008 with three festival classics: Time to Pretend provided them with a manifesto, Kids an anthem and Electric Feel a floor-filler. Their synth-swathed astral indie seemed a logical progression from nu-rave’s MDMA epiphanies to tuning into the cosmos on LSD. They were part of a group of acts, which included Yeasayer, Passion Pit, and Santogold, who went from Brooklyn warehouse infamy to suddenly proper on-David-Letterman famous. Along the way, they inspired a Gucci runway show and made hippy headbands a thing. Behind the scenes, however, the relationship between the two members was of complementary opposites: the analytical Ben Goldwasser and the free-spirited Andrew VanWyngarden. “It’s strange,” Simon O’Connor of fellow Brooklynites Amazing Baby told Rolling Stone in 2010. “There would be weeks where they didn’t even speak to each other. Then they’d spend a whole day writing in Ben’s room, and then go their separate ways again. They’re like a married couple that has really good sex but that’s it.” Despite the critical and commercial success of their debut, Oracular Spectacular, this odd couple didn’t want to play the rock star game. They refused to play Kids at their shows and followed that culture-shifting debut LP with two albums of purposefully oblique acid rock: Congratulations from 2010 featured a five-minute prog jam called Lady Dada’s Nightmare, while 2013’s MGMT was swiftly forgotten about"