Mystic Future Pop Duo MGMT Heading Out On Major North American Tour With Of Montreal From October-November
Eagerly-Anticipated Debut Album, 'Oracular Spectacular,' Slated For Release In January 2008
The emerging futurist pop-rock duo MGMT will hit the road for a major North American tour with the experimental techno-glam band Of Montreal beginning October 2 in Knoxville, Tennessee, and finishing November 19 in St. Louis, Missouri (see full itinerary following).
MGMT will give fans on tour a healthy live sampling of the progressive psychoacoustic sounds of Oracular Spectacular, the duo's feverishly-awaited major label debut album, slated for release in January 2008 on Columbia Records.
The synchronous and simpatico pairing of MGMT and Of Montreal on tour promises to provide one of the year's most talked-about and transformative live concert experiences.
"The combinations of vibrations made by these bands should begin to break down the walls of the tunnel-reality of our common tribe," said the members of MGMT. "We can't wait for the Of Montreal tour. This tour should/should not be taken lightly."
MGMT is: Andrew Vanwyngarden and Ben Goldwasser. The pair first met in the green pastures of Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut, circa 2002, spending many collegiate nights and days comparing and sharing a wide variety of musical insights. Mutually drawn to the music of other duos, Andrew and Ben found themselves incorporating the hallucinatory power-twee of the Incredible String Band, the roaring subway minimalist electronica of Suicide, the silky pop-soul of Hall & Oates, the pulsing narcotic trance of Spacemen 3, the avant-garde industrial romanticism of Royal Trux and much more into the constantly evolving sounds of MGMT.
As on-campus performance art provocateurs, Andrew and Ben staged a series of "these obnoxious, noisy live electronic shows. It was all electronically generated at that point. We would write a new song for each show and our shows would be 15 minutes long."
In contrast to the group's early live shows, which were mainly electronically generated, Oracular Spectacular, and MGMT's upcoming on-stage sound, is filled with "more traditional rock instruments: electric guitar, bass, drums, keyboards, synthesizers all played live." MGMT will perform as a five-piece ensemble while on tour with Of Montreal.
Some of MGMT's first fans included a group of NYU students who formed an indie label, Cantora Records, in order to issue the very first MGMT commercial release, Time To Pretend (a 6-song EP, currently available on iTunes). MGMT followed the release of the EP with a couple of one-month long tours. The MGMT/Of Montreal tour mark the first MGMT shows since the band signed with Columbia Records.
40 years after the Summer of Love (and 30 years after the Summer of Hate), MGMT is celebrating the grand re-opening of the third eye of the world with Oracular Spectacular, and a full-on North American tour, bringing the duo's enigmatic and prophetic sounds and hook-riddled pop tones to the new millennium's most discriminating music fans.
MGMT/Of Montreal North American Fall Tour 2007 Date City/State Venue 10/2/2007 Knoxville, TN Bijou Theatre 10/3/2007 Urbana, IL The Canopy Club 10/4/2007 Milwaukee, WI Pabst Theater 10/5/2007 Minneapolis, MN First Avenue 10/6/2007 Chicago, IL Metro 10/7/2007 Chicago, IL Metro 10/8/2007 Oberlin, OH Oberlin College - Hale's Gym 10/9/2007 Detroit, MI Majestic Theater 10/10/2007 Buffalo, NY The Tralf 10/11/2007 Philadelphia, PA The Trocadero 10/12/2007 Boston, MA The Roxy 10/13/2007 New York, NY Roseland Ballroom 10/14/2007 Baltimore, MD Rams Head Live 10/31/2007 Athens, GA 40 Watt Club 11/1/2007 New Orleans, LA House Of Blues 11/2/2007 Houston, TX Numbers 11/3/2007 Austin, TX Waterloo Park - Fun Fun Fun Fest 11/4/2007 Dallas, TX Granada Theatre 11/5/2007 El Paso, TX Club 101 11/6/2007 Tempe, AZ Marquee Theater 11/7/2007 Tucson, AZ Rialto Theater 11/8/2007 Hollywood, CA Avalon 11/9/2007 Hollywood, CA Avalon 11/10/2007 La Jolla, CA UCSD Mandeville Auditorium 11/11/2007 Pomona, CA Glass House 11/12/2007 San Francisco, CA Great American Music Hall 11/13/2007 San Francisco, CA Great American Music Hall 11/14/2007 San Francisco, CA Great American Music Hall 11/16/2007 Salt Lake City, UT In The Venue 11/17/2007 Denver, CO Ogden Theatre 11/18/2007 Lawrence, KS Liberty Hall 11/19/2007 St. Louis, MO The Pageant www.myspace.com/mgmt www.columbiarecords.com
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