MGMT – Academy – Dublin
The auld post titles have been a little repetitive this past week, sorry about that. I promise to jazz it up and avoid The Academy for a while. Luckily for you, I don’t have much to say about MGMT’s gig in Dublin over the weekend. The kids were queueing along Abbey Street from early in the evening when the rest of us were watching the Irish rugby team collapse against Scotland. Having only just released the first taster of their second album Congratulations, there were many in attendance with high expectations for the new material. I probably wasn’t one of them and I was a little surprised to see a set-list mostly made up of new songs. After a stern warning that I had to evacuate the building after taking photos, I wasn’t in the most enthusiastic mood. The sold-out crowd gave them a great reaction when they came on, but this was quite in contrast to the distant chit-chat from the band. “Weekend Wars” was the only oldie to get an outing early on and the fans appreciated it but for the other songs it was more of a contrived and weak attempt to have fun on both parts. The new songs that I heard were mostly meandering and uninteresting tunes that kind of plodded along without any of their trademark hooks.
There’s every chance that the rest of the gig might have been revelatory but you’d have to ask someone who stuck it out to verify that. The visual fruits of my labour are below, in a State and Flicked.