Behind him appears bandmate Ben Goldwasser, who smiles loosely in response.
Cast and crew make their ways downstairs to film the next scene of the music video for “Flash Delirium,” the first single off MGMT’s second album, Four days later, before devouring a plate of French toast at Jack the Horse Tavern in Brooklyn Heights, Van Wyngarden, 27, reaches into his mouth and removes the invisible braces that hug his upper and lower sets of teeth, placing them into the pocket of his black trench coat.
With a bellowing creak, a pair of imposing wooden doors opens into Alder Manor, an 80-room mansion in Yonkers, New York.
The space is cluttered with equipment, sheets of music and unpacked boxes of all sizes.
A camouflage banner hangs between two walls, the words “Welcome home, Ben! At least a dozen people are screaming, jumping and waving their arms in the air.
An old woman in a blue cocktail dress and matching heels lifts a glass of champagne to the sky as bursts of silvery confetti explode behind the crowd.
“They appear to be laissez-faire about things,” he says. Van Wyngarden was even romantically linked to actress Kirsten Dunst.
(His current girlfriend is an Irish commercial model based in New Zealand.
“A lot of the interviews we did that night were with people who had no idea who we were,” he says.