The time is 3:30 the doors open at 7:00. I’m impatiently waiting in my house. Trying to decide what time to get there I spontaneously just leave. Walking 15 blocks to the Electric Factory I have time to listen to the first half of Little Dark Age. There is a nor’easter happening as well. I start to hear things I hadn’t heard over the last couple of listens. Things that got me excited. Like different synthesizer sounds; I am questioning whether or not they were real or if I had made them up. As snow falls softly soaking my unhooded hair I walk quickly to the venue.
Now it is 4:00 and there are about 10 people in line already. I decide it is too cold. So I get my ticket and walk to a brewery around the corner. A half an hour (plus a chicken sandwich) later, I decide it’s time to secure my place in line; which was 15th in line. Shaking my head. I mistakenly did not pee before I left the bar and am panicking in line. On the verge of peeing my pants for an hour and a half. You could image once the doors opened I was one of the first to the bathroom.
The shows starts with James playing a beautiful melody on the “Harpsichord”. Andrew, Ben, Will, and Simon come out after a deep synthesizer note is hit. The stage has a few plants and two Doric pillars surrounding a rectangular screen. It is strange even for MGMT. But it fits well. The sound is beautifully executed, I did not notice any hiccups.
I sat myself above the crowd between two women, one was a mom the other was Amanda. The mom (unfortunately I did not get her name) and I watched her son smoke pot from a vape the whole night and laughed at him, one of the highlights of my night. The woman Amanda was seeing the band for the first time. When they finished the first song Little Dark Age I turned to her and said “do you love them yet?” and she laughed.
She must have.
They played these songs https://www.setlist.fm/setlist/mgmt/2018/electric-factory-philadelphia-pa-7bef2e18.html
Watching Simon nail every note on Little Dark Age and watching Will play She Works Out Too Much so perfectly made the night. Expert musicians together making fine music.
I have always been a big fan of the 3 big ones. But this time I wish they had skipped over them. Their current catalog is far more amazing than those 3 songs. I understand they are crowd pleasers but the band is at the point to where those fans have gone. We want An Orphan of Fortune.
To my surprise, they ended on Brian Eno, a personal favorite. They changed the break down similar to the way Tame Impala broke down Elephant live.
It was fantastic.
The mixing and feeling of the night could not have been more surreal.
Unfortunately, I was a bit tipsy by the end of the show and didn’t get Amanda’s number
(MGMT at the Electric Factory in Philadelphia, PA)