The day-glo drug disco of nu rave is slowly starting to wane as three-day come downs with only the ringing sounds of Shitdisco to keep you company start to become a bit less MDMA-zing.Leona Lewis’ ‘Bleeding Love’ is keeping The X Factor‘s seemingly unstoppable chart dominancy charging ahead.
Leading the new tribe, and perhaps the best new band of 2008, is the charismatic Brooklyn duo MGMT, Meeting Ben Goldwasser and Andrew Van Wyngarden before a gig on a grey day in the French industrial town of Lille does not feel like being in the maelstrom of a musical revolution.
But their year criss-crossing Europe, America and Australia reflects the extent to which their psychedelic pop has caught the imagination of young music-lovers.
For nearly a decade now, the legacy of Manhattan four-piece the Strokes has dominated indie rock, inspiring an army of skinny-jeaned boys from Arctic Monkeys to Razorlight.
But this year, across the East River, a new tribe of American guitar bands has emerged, influenced not by spiky chord changes but by a bizarre combination of Hall and Oates and early Genesis.
That same year, he won a contest at Lausanne, playing "Under the Bridge" by the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
He was influenced by the music he listened to with his sisters, Nirvana and Phish in particular, and often went through his parents' record collection in the attic where he found Neil Young, Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones, etc.The timestamp is only as accurate as the clock in the camera, and it may be completely wrong.Birth Name: Benjamin Nicholas Hunter Goldwasser Place of Birth: Mishawaka, Indiana, United States Date of Birth: December 17, 1982 Ethnicity: *Ashkenazi Jewish (father) *English, German, Scottish, Irish (mother) Ben Goldwasser is an American musician, singer, and songwriter.The concept of the viral Youtube smash is in its infancy and ‘Gangnam Style’, ‘Friday’ and the ‘Harlem Shake’ are but evil glints in the internet’s eye.If you were a fan of aspirational, effervescent, psych-tinged pop bangers, however, then 2008 will mainly be remembered as the year of MGMT.Andrew Wells Van Wyngarden (born February 1, 1983) is an American musician.