"They’ve also been recording their third album since the beginning of the year, which could be released in September if Internet rumours can be trusted. A video of the band performing a new song called Alien Days surfaced on YouTube in March; the song has a fuzzed-out Pink Floyd vibe that doesn’t signal a return to MGMT’s pop past.
Goldwasser said he’s not ready to talk about the new album yet, but it can’t help but come up obliquely in conversations about the band’s future.
“We’re set up at this point where the next album can be whatever we want it to be. We don’t have to appease anybody in order to stay relevant, because I think we managed to prove we’re a band that cares more about authenticity and doing what we feel like,” he said.
He’s trying not to worry what people might think of the new songs while he’s writing them, because he said he can tell when a band writes a song in response to how they’re being portrayed in the media.
Another plus side of surviving the Congratulations backlash is that fans who come out to MGMT’s shows nowadays know what to expect from the band. They’re the ones who have embraced the group’s psychedelic-rock side, not those who were tapping their feet impatiently waiting for Time to Pretend.
“It seems like there are still people out there who are waiting to hear what we do next, and I hope they like it.
“Or maybe they’ll just be p--sed off that we didn’t make another record that sounds like Congratulations.”