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MGMT deny piss and control issues

By | Published on Thursday 30 September 2010

MGMT’s Andrew Van Wyngarden has denied reports which surfaced earlier this week. It was claimed that the band were rescinding creative control over their next album to their label after the poor performance of this year’s ‘Congratulations’, and that drummer Will Berman stormed off stage at a gig in Manchester on Sunday after a pint glass full of urine was thrown at him.

In an email to Pitchfork, Van Wyngarden explained that the liquid thrown was actually “hearty Manchester ale”, and that this was “a sign of affection over here [in the UK]”. He added that, rather than storm off, Berman had simply gone to dry off, assuming that the rest of the band would be quite capable of completing the last song of the set without percussion. As they duly did.

As for comments made about giving up creative control on their next album, he said: “We aren’t even close to starting the process of making a new album; label-relations are currently quite friendly, [but] we are very proud of ‘Congratulations'”.

So, there you go. He didn’t comment on the other MGMT news being reported on this week, which was that the band plan to work with Jedward. This is most likely because negotiations are at a very tricky stage. It is definitely going to happen, though.