Days after the announcing their headlining gig at Coachella this year, LCD Soundsystem’s frontman James Murphy has released a heartfelt, detailed account of the process of reuniting after five years.
Brooklyn Vegan published Murphy’s statement in full from the band’s website, which began with, “let’s just start this thing finally with some clarity.” Murphy writes about how he constantly has songs floating around in his head and at the beginning of last year, he had more potential songs he had been thinking about than ever. “if i record them, what do i do with them? maybe i shouldn’t record them at all?” he asked himself. As a result, he spoke with Pat Mahoney (drums) and Nancy Whang (keys) about making a record, and they all agreed to create a new LCD Soundsystem project.
Murphy then apologizes to the fans that might be upset by the reunion – for example, those who traveled and payed for the farewell show at MSG in 2011. To “those who feel hurt,” he writes, “to you i have to say: i’m seriously sorry. the only thing we can do now is get back into the studio and finish this record, and make it as fucking good as we can possibly make it.”
He starts to end the letter with news of a tour beyond Coachella:
in other, more pedantic news: 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.
He then thanks fans for their endless dedication to the band:
one last note: thank you to everyone who has been absurdly kind to us over the past 14 (!) years. if you have moved on and don’t like us anymore, that’s obviously ok, too. but please, if we ever gave you any joy, just find something new and good that blows you away, and post it on our facebook page or something with, like, “hey fuck you guys! this is the real shit!” so we can hear new good stuff. that would be the best for all of us.