Iconic Live Electronic Band Reunites for New Album & Tour
Back in October, news leaked that LCD Soundsystem would be reuniting. The now-iconic live electronic group said goodbye in 2011 after a successful decade-long run that included three studio albums, three grammy nominations and a glorious farewell concert chronicled in the documentary, Shut Up and Play the Hits.
Talk of a reunion was quickly squashed back in October when DFA Records label head Kris Petersen harshly shot down the "rumors." The release of the 2016 Coachella lineup on Monday, however, confirmed that the band was in fact planning a reunion.
Now that the secret is out, James Murphy - the mastermind musician and producer behind the group - took to the band's website to write a lengthy letter discussing the reunion and announcing a new record and tour in 2016.
"...i asked pat and nancy to come over to my apartment for coffee and told them: 'i’m going to record some music. should i make up a band name, or make a "james murphy" record, or should it be lcd?' we all thought a good amount about it. we have had lives for the past 5 years, which has been nice, and those guys have made amazing music with museum of love, the juan maclean, and all sorts of other things. i’d managed to do a bunch of fun, dumb stuff which mostly annoyed people who were into the band because, well, subway turnstiles and a coffee aren’t lcd, basically... at any rate, they both said 'let’s make an lcd record.'
... we’re not just playing coachella. we’re playing all over. we’re not just having some reunion tour. we’re releasing a record (sometime this year—still working on it, actually), so this isn’t a victory lap or anything, which wouldn’t be of much interest to us. this is just the bus full of substitute teachers back from their coffee break with new music and the same weird gear—or as much of it as we still have (it’s very interesting to re-buy the same gear, and in some cases buy gear back from people you sold it to), and rambling around trying to be louder than everyone else."
Anyone who is confused or upset by the reunion or just wants to climb inside James Murphy's head for a bit, should head over to the site to read his letter in full: http://lcdsoundsystem.com/main/archives/793