This LCD Soundsystem article was written by Jamie Muir , a GIGsoup contributor. Edited by Siobhan Scarlett.
LCD Soundsystem are back, and after being confirmed as headliners for this year’s Coachella they’ve gone into detail about their reformation and what is to come from the acclaimed New York icons.
Sending fans and admirers into pandemonium, the indie-disco titans confirmed their first shows since 2011 when frontman James Murphy wound down his project after three universally acclaimed studio albums and an emotional farewell show at Madison Square Garden.
In a lengthy post on the band’s official website, Murphy detailed the reasonings and moments that ultimately lead to the reformation, why LCD Soundsystem are back and what’s to come in 2016 for one of the most beloved alternative bands of the 21st century.
As Murphy explains, the genesis of a return started “early in 2015, when I realised I had more [songs] than I’d ever had in my life” and debated “if I do record them, what do I do with them? maybe I shouldn’t record them at all?”. This lead to a chat with previous LCD members Nancy Whang and Pat Mahoney, toying with the prospect of releasing a James Murphy solo record among other ideas before deciding to “make an LCD record with friends, who want to make said record, and deal with whatever fall-out together”
Whilst the majority of fans have welcomed the news with open arms, some have reacted angrily to the return, with many who emotionally and physically invested in the band’s final few shows during 2011 expressing betrayal and trepidation over the latest development. For Murphy, this came as a complete shock.
“I saw some comments online a few days ago from people who felt that way, and it blindsided me, and made me incredibly sad” going on to address those fans who feel this way by stating “If you cared a lot about our band, and you feel betrayed now, then I completely understand that…. to you, I’m incredibly sorry”. However Murphy also detailed their emotions at the opposite end of the spectrum, commenting “how f**king awesome it was that so many people were happy to have us back”
With expectations extremely high for the upcoming live shows (Murphy himself acknowledging “every show has to be better than the best show we’ve played before“), visions look towards the future, confirming “we’re not just playing Coachella, we’re playing all over. we’re not just having some reunion tour, we’re releasing a record” elaborating that it could be expected towards the end of 2016.Perfectly summed up by the man himself as “the bus full of substitute teachers back from their coffee break with new music and the same weird gear, rambling around trying to be louder than everyone else”, the return of LCD Soundsystem looks set to be the defining moment of 2016.