Over the past few months, the LCD sound system has been too active for a band that doesn’t seem to have an album in sight. group played Brooklyn Fall Stay (Minus three shows that Canceled due to the rise of COVID-19), they have had Amazon Prime VacationAnd just last week They were the guests of the music On Saturday Night Live He performed two very old songs. They also have a number of recently announced residencies in Boston, Philadelphia and London.
Today, James Murphy, the leader of the LCD audio system, decided to make a presentation band update In which he talked about the reasons for the stays SNL And why the three canceled New York City shows won’t be rescheduled. This is the full text of his Facebook post:
It’s time for an update, it seems. They ask management. I pretty much think that playing shows/releasing music is the main way the band communicates with the world, but then, historically, we also used to do more interviews with magazines and things like that. I think this has been a lot more difficult lately, as most journalistic stuff has become kind of clickbait by necessity, there are far fewer people buying actual magazines and newspapers anymore, and I’m not interested in clickbait/hot. Having said that, it would be nice to have a good interview again at some point. This means that we don’t have 100% control over what’s being said, which is healthy if you’re at work trying to figure out what you really are in the world, which you don’t know much about when it’s only your voice. And you don’t learn it from Twitter, for example.
Regardless, here we are.
We did 17 shows in Brooklyn at the end of last year, and now we’re doing small residencies in a few places, like Philly and Boston. Then London. You see, we tend, historically, to take big breaks between tours and LPs. And then, after the break, I started feeling like I wanted to set a record, or we wanted to run some shows. But then I started thinking “Oh man. If you make an album, we need to rehearse for months to get ready for the tour, and you need to book a tour in advance yet, and who knows when the recording will be ready?” This happened with The American Dream. We booked the shows, thinking I was going to finish or about to finish recording, and then I didn’t, and here we are on this whole tour with me trying to work on the record in the gaps, which wasn’t much… There’s something with tours, too, where you invest So much time, energy, and cost in “getting ready” that you end up rambling through the ages just to make it worthwhile… then you need a big break again. You are hesitant to start over. It is a cycle.
We really wanted to stop living this way, so we talked about just putting on some shows in New York, where most of us live here, and not making it too big. Like, just playing because we like it, and because we like each other. Just being a little New York band. And maybe we’ll do something like this every year. Just keep fit, if that makes sense. And make logs along the way. Maybe just singles for a while, so there’s no some “album panic” etc. we don’t know. We know it’s been great running those shows, and we’re looking forward to the rest of our shows this year. It’s not overwhelming, so I can work on new music and we can all be human. Maybe we’ll play elsewhere next year, move to cities we like to play in, where we want to, etc.
Then a few weeks ago SNL asked us to play uninterrupted, and that was great for us. Many of us grew up on this show. We didn’t have anything new to promote, but they were completely open for us to play whatever we wanted and we could basically take a taxi, so it was clear to us to do that. It was incredibly fun. Who wouldn’t want to do that?
Finally, this year is going to be terrifying for our 20th year of being a rock band. I mean, “Loss of My Advantage” / “Rhythm Connection” 12″ came out in the summer of 2002, and then we did our first show on November 19 of that year. It was in London, when Arthur Baker and Shawn McCluskey were back for a New York party at the Great Eastern Hotel So we’re kind of partying, albeit in a small way.
And not to forget, it’s also the 20th anniversary of DFA records, with the first 12″ released in the spring of 2002. So we’re trying to get some good DFA achievements in a few places. Come see us!
You stand still tall enough, and everything spins again.
Dreams never end.
Oh and PS. I see people asking when we’re going to “reschedule” the three canceled Brooklyn Steel shows. Basically, we don’t “reschedule” those shows. Here are some of the reasons:
We gave everyone their money, because I hate the idea of keeping people’s money for a bare ‘future’ show. (I have friends who paid for tickets to canceled shows in mid-2020 and are still waiting for the rescheduled show, and while I understand 100% that a particular band might not have the resources to pay everyone back after they’ve spent a fortune setting up a show together, that’s not something I felt comfortable with doing it.)
One has to book a place like brooklyn steel about a year in advance at this point so there aren’t nearly 3 days available to grab it (and if we reschedule, what about people who had tickets but couldn’t show up on those days? That they lose their money just because they can’t make it? What if we choose a different place that the ticket holder hates. It’s a minefield out there!)
We give anyone who missed out on first-time shows the next round of shows in New York, so it’s basically a “rescheduled” if you like, letting people decide if they want to go anymore, or maybe they’re bored of us and want to go see someone another instead.
So this is that. We will play again. And it won’t be in 5 years, so if you have a ticket to a show that’s been canceled, you’ll be first in line at those upcoming shows.
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