The latest “incarnation” of LCD Soundsystem is all about regaining their place in the music industry. That is even truer now that they have made their comeback after a prolonged hiatus. They bid farewell a few years back and even went on a farewell tour. It looked as though the journey had come to an end but then out of nowhere, LCD Soundsystem returned.
Yes, they have had a few critics who aren’t exactly excited about them returning after they announced to call it a day. The argument being that the farewell now looks staged. The reality is that there aren’t too many people around who put them under pressure like James Murphy. He had this to say about the retirement and now the subsequent comeback:
“There was a moment when I was regretting it.” “But then I was like, no, because now if we’re going to play again, we really have to justify it. That’s a new, exciting problem and far more interesting to me. We’ve got to do something good enough.”
They are on tour once again and LCD Soundsystem tickets are in demand. This is something their fans never thought they would get to experience again. But now that it has happened, they are going to make the most of it.
The Early Days
James Murphy was influenced by names such as The Velvet Underground, David Bowie, The Fall, Daft Punk, Talking Hears and Liquid Liquid among a few others. Murphy joined the Falling Man in 1988 and remained as its member till 1989. He then went on to join Pony and then made the move to Speed King shortly afterwards.
During this time, he also began to perform as a DJ and used Death from Above as his stage name. He then went on to form DFA Records in 2001 with Jonathan Galkin. Murphy then decided to form his own band and that idea resulted in the inception of LCD Soundsystem.
They started off by coming out with a few singles, all released by DFA Records. Their debut single was titled Losing My Edge and it became a big hit in the underground dance music circles. The track also charted in the UK. Losing My Edge made it to the “Top 500 Songs of the 2000s” list compiled by Pitchfork. On top of that, it was also put on the fortieth spot by NME on its 2011 list of the “150 Best Tracks of the Past 15 Years.” LCD Soundsystem then released another track Give It Up and then came two more hit tracks Movement and Yeah. The former went to the fifty second spot on the UK Singles chart, while Yeah peaked at the seventy seventh spot on the same chart.
The Debut Album
LCD Soundsystem then decided to release their first studio album and it was a self-titled effort. The record came out on January 24, 2005 and turned out to be a huge hit with the critics. AllMusic gave it four stars out of five while Blender gave it all five. At NME it was given 8 out of ten. Q magazine and Rolling Stone both gave “LCD Soundsystem” four stars out of five.
The album also charted in different countries like Belgium, Finland, France, Italy, Norway, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States. LCD Soundsystem then released the track Daft Punk Is Playing at My House and it went to the number twenty ninth position in the UK. LCD Soundsystem earned two Grammy Awards nominations as well.
LCD Soundsystem came out with “45:33” a compilation record in October of 2006 for the Original Run series carried out by Nike. The record was another massive critical success. It got four stars out of five from both AllMusic and The Guardian. 45:33 also received four and a half stars out of five from Alternative Press and an A from Entertainment Weekly.
A few months later, in March of 2007, LCD Soundsystem released their next album, “Sound of Silver.” Just like its predecessor, the record was a huge critical hit. AllMusic gave it four and a half stars out of five, while it also received five out of five from The Guardian. Q and Rolling Stone both gave it four stars out of five.
Sound of Silver also received a Grammy nomination and a nomination for the Shortlist Prize. On top of that Drowned in Sound, Uncut and The Guardian labeled it the album of the year. In the year 2012, it made it to the Rolling Stone’s list of “The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.”
LCD Soundsystem also released the track All My Friends from the album and it went to the fourth spot on Time’s list of “The 10 Best Songs of 2007.” Pitchfork called it the second best song of the 2000s. LCD Soundsystem also toured to support Sound of Silver and once the road trip finished, they came out with another single Big Ideas.
This Is Happening and Hiatus
“This Is Happening” was the title of the band’s next record and it hit the music stores in the UK on May 17, 2010. In the US, it was released a day later. This Is Happening received four stars out of five from AllMusic, Rolling Stone and The Guardian. The album also went on to top the US Dance/Electronic Albums chart and went to the seventh position on the UK Albums chart. Then all of a sudden, LCD Soundsystem announced in February of 2011 that the time had come for them to call it a day. They played a few special shows before going off the radar.
Rumors began to swirl in 2015 that LCD Soundsystem might be returning. The band confirmed the rumors of a return officially on January 4, 2016. They went on to headline Coachella that year and then announced the arrival of their next studio record. LCD Soundsystem spent a big chunk of 2016 performing at major festivals like the Lollapalooza, LouFest, Austin City Limits and Outside Lands among others.
They released their latest album “American Dream” on September 1, 2017, to much critical acclaim. AllMusic, Q and Rolling Stone gave it four stars out of five, while The Guardian gave it five stars out of five. It also made it to the first spot on Uncut’s Albums of the Year list. American Dream also went to top the Billboard 200, which makes it their first record to achieve the feat. It also went to the first spot in Canada and Portugal.
LCD Soundsystem Tour Tickets
LCD Soundsystem are on a tour right now to support American Dream and celebrate their comeback. Fans bought LCD Soundsystem tour tickets in big numbers and the trend looks all set to continue for the rest of the road trip. This is a very special tour and now you can join the thousands of others as they all come together to celebrate the return of LCD Soundsystem.