Published May 05, 2010Fans of MGMT know that the mind-bending, eternally catchy electro pop of their debut is mostly absent on their recently released Congratulations. Instead, the duo of Andrew VanWyngarden and Ben Goldwasser have stripped back their compositions, leaving room for their songs to grow. The album has been polarizing, to say the least, with some listeners praising the band for going in a new direction and others lamenting MGMT's lost identity. Well, the UK's Friendly Fires definitely fall into the second category.
Speaking with the Daily Record, the samba-loving, dance-inducing trio said that their sophomore Friendly Fires album is taking so long because they don't want to make the same mistakes as their peers.
"I really hope we are not going to do what MGMT did," the band's Edd Gibson said. "Whatever it is they have done, we want to steer well clear of it. I don't understand why they would make such a leap: go from great pop songs to just any old acoustic music played in anyone's bedroom."
Friendly Fires released their self-titled debut in 2008. A full year ago, they were already chatting up their second effort, but no signs of its release have surfaced. Time to put your money where your mouth is, guys.