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After a four-year hiatus, reports say James Murphy and the rest of LCD Soundsystem have allegedly decided to join forces again.
LCD Soundsystem was founded by Murphy, a singer-songwriter and producer, in New York City in 2001. During the decade that the band was active, they released three studio albums. Murphy often played most of the instruments himself on the albums, but called upon a rotating cast of musicians to join him for live performances. Musicians who took part in LCD Soundsystem include Nancy Whang, Tyler Pope, David Scott Stone, Gavin Russom and Jerry Fuchs. Murphy and company were nominated for two Grammys in 2006 and one in 2008, losing to The Chemical Brothers on all three counts.
According to Consequence of Sound, LCD Soundsystem plans to reunite for at least three music festivals in both the U.S. and the UK in 2016. Though multiple sources have claimed this is the case, the band’s representative did not confirm the announcement. In addition, the label that Murphy co-owns, DFA Records, has denied the reunion in a statement. This news has not deterred fans and media alike from believing that an official reunion announcement will be coming soon from LCD Soundsystem.
When LCD Soundsystem split in 2011, they announced that their final show, at Madison Square Garden, would be released on DVD. In 2014, the show was released on a 5-LP vinyl box set called The Long Goodbye: LCD Soundsystem Live At Madison Square Garden. In the time between the final show and the record collection, they released a documentary entitled Shut Up And Play The Hits, which debuted at Sundance Film Festival and contained footage of the concert, Murphy’s pre-show routine and insight into his decision to end LCD Soundsystem.
Since the group disbanded, Murphy worked with Arcade Fire on their 2013 Reflektor album and collaborated with Pulp on the track “After You.” Over the years, LCD Soundsystem has remained relevant, as evidenced by the performance at which David Byrne and Hot Chip covered “All My Friends” in August 2015.