Get to know: LCD Soundsystem
X Games Aspen 2018 act LCD Soundsystem was founded in 2002 in Brooklyn, N.Y. by James Murphy. Murphy, a DJ and co-founder of DFA Records, had also produced music from acts such as The Chemical Brothers, Le Tigre and Nine Inch Nails before venturing out on his own with LCD Soundsystem. With LCD Soundsystem, Murphy's aim was to combine elements of punk, indie, new wave, post-hardcore and dance electronica. In a word, he brought hipsters back to the dance floor at a time when it was better suited to cross your arms and do the stand still. By 2005, songs such as "Daft Punk is Playing At My House" had reached number one on the U.K.'s dance charts.
In April of 2011, after almost a decade of success, LCD Soundsystem broke up amicably at the height of their popularity. The band wore black-and-white funeral attire and according to Murphy, the decision came as a result of wanting to walk away from "bigger and better instead of doing more and different." In October of 2015, multiple sources reported that LCD Soundystem would regroup to headine several music festivals in the U.S. and U.K. The rumors were confirmed by the release of "Christmas Will Break Your Heart" in December of 2015.
In early 2016, Murphy elaborated on the reformation of the band. "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."
In May of 2017, LCD Soundsystem appeared on NBC's 'Saturday Night Live' to perform "Call The Police" and "American Dream," the first new (non-Christmas) singles from the group since 2010. Murphy posted to Facebook that the songs would be released at the stroke of midnight around the world. The album, 'American Dream,' was released on Sept. 1, 2017, a date that was hard to pin down because Murphy insisted on releasing a vinyl version of the album on the same day.
When asked about playing live in May of 2017, Murphy was very direct about his aspirations for the future. "We generally prefer medium sized venues over huge ones, but we also loathe overpriced bs, so we're navigating this as best we can," said Murphy. He added that "we want full shows that aren't so big that you feel like you need binoculars to see if Pat is actually behind the drums or if it's Louis CK or something," and also that he needed some oatmeal and to get back to work.
LCD Soundsystem is playing Sat., Jan. 27, 2018 at X Games Aspen 2018. Listen to them on Spotify here.