It would have been fascinating to see the faces of MGMT’s label bosses when Congratulations was presented to them, but it seems the band’s wilfull ways are going to be difficult to inflict on the public again. Andrew Van-Wyngarden has been talking about the band’s third album, claiming: “We have some ideas and have been talking about possible directions of where to go next.”
But the MGMT label heads are clearly going to keep a more watchful eye on the group this time. “We’ve been looking at relationships with the label during the recording process and it’s quite different this time,” he claims. “They’ll be more involved and not give us as much freedom.” So, like the Klaxons before them, it seems MGMT is just going to have to do whatever their label wants them to this time, although it’s hard to see how that’s not going to lead to tensions on either side.
Meanwhile, the band had to pull a show in Manchester in England on Sunday (Sept. 26) because drummer Will Berman was hit by a bottle of urine. MGMT was performing “The Handshake” at the Manchester Apollo when the incident occurred, causing Berman to storm off. Perhaps it was an angry label representative who was just getting those tricky third album negotiations started?