by Adam Rogers
May 12, 2018
VANCOUVER – MGMT played the Orpheum on Friday night, a beautiful but challenging venue for the group. Kicking off with ‘Celebration’ from 2010’s album of the same name, the band played an upbeat and psychedelic set, which was helped to life by some stunning and trippy visuals.
Their 15 track set drew heavily from their recent release Little Dark Age, from which 6 tracks were played. It should be no surprise by now that these guys have shunned the limelight they were afforded after the release of their first record Oracular Spectacular, which spanned the hits ‘Kids’ , ‘Electric Feel’ and ‘Time to Pretend’. Since that record they have gone more and more to the left field, with dark synthy tones, indulging themselves not others.
MGMT though are the masters of playing live, the songs that might seem a little subdued on the records are brought to life on the main stage, tracks like ‘When You Die’ and ‘Alien Days’ (which was the only track from 2012’s self titled MGMT album) are given a real push live.
Obviously the hits from their debut record drew the biggest cheers, however everyone was enthralled by the entire set, it was just a shame our dancing moves were restricted to the small seat we were designated. Maybe the band would have appreciated people being more free to move.
Seat frustration aside, the show was fantastic and the beauty of the venue can’t be discounted, especially when as MGMT did, they used visuals to bring the place to life, and coupled with their dance driven set, we all left ready and happy for the next stage of our Friday night.MGMT, Orpheum Theatre