Ben and I both feel a little bit shocked [at the response]. We’re both sensitive dudes. A lot of times it feels like it’s a competition to see who can say the snarkiest thing. It’s so much less about listening deep into the music, which is all we want to do. The good thing is that if music critics aren’t doing that, then our fans are more and more. We hear it from them. That’s why we play shows. We’re fortunate that we’ve established and developed deep connections with our fans. They’ve kind of followed us along and gone down different paths of experimentation with us. And that’s what we want.
MGMT sounds like what a 1960s band might have sounded like if the ’80s happened first.