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James Murphy explains LCD Soundsystem reunion to miffed fans, reveals album and tour plans

Published 06/01/2016 | 14:15

HALLANDALE, FL - AUGUST 20: DJ James Murphy (DFA/LCD Soundsystem) performs at Lexus Pop-Up Concert Series Powered By Pandora at Gulfstream Park on August 20, 2015 in Hallandale, Florida. (Photo by Sergi Alexander/Getty Images for Pandora Media Inc.)
HALLANDALE, FL - AUGUST 20: DJ James Murphy (DFA/LCD Soundsystem) performs at Lexus Pop-Up Concert Series Powered By Pandora at Gulfstream Park on August 20, 2015 in Hallandale, Florida. (Photo by Sergi Alexander/Getty Images for Pandora Media Inc.)

While most LCD Soundsystem fans are thrilled with news of a reunion, new album and tour, James Murphy suspects some fans may be a bit miffed.

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In a lengthy letter to fans posted on the LCD Soundsystem website, he explains the rationale behind reforming the band 5 years after they split.

They parted ways in 2011 after their third LP This is Happening and went out on a high with a final show at Madison Square Garden, which was charted in the documentary Shut Up and Play The Hits.

Murphy explains that he has always composed songs "since I was a kid" and "early in 2015, I realised I had more of those than I'd ever had in my life."

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 03: Dave Scott Stone and Nancy Whang of LCD Soundsystem performs live on the Main Stage during Day 2 of the Wireless Festival in Hyde Park on July 3, 2010 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 03: Dave Scott Stone and Nancy Whang of LCD Soundsystem performs live on the Main Stage during Day 2 of the Wireless Festival in Hyde Park on July 3, 2010 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)

He considered what to do with them and spoke to Pat Mahoney and Nancy Whang about whether he should release them as a James Murphy record, under the guise of a new band, or as LCD material.

All three decided to work together again as LCD Soundsystem.  However, Murphy says he was prepared for backlash.

"I was fully prepared for a certain amount of “oh f**k that guy” over-it stuff—in fact welcomed it," he wrote.

"It’s strangely energizing to have people who don’t make music themselves take potshots at you from the internet.

"And there’s always been a current of o.f.t.g. with me (I'm saying me and not us because, let’s be honest… no one hates anyone else in lcd, partially because they’re unhateable, and also because they have the wisdom to not shoot their mouths off nearly as much), and that’s just fine.

"I’m pretty used to it, and find it relatively funny."

Murphy also revealed he feels for fans who feel the attachment they have to the band and particularly to their final show in Madison Square Gardens has been "cheapened" by their reunion.

He wrote, "If you cared a lot about our band, and you put a lot of yourself into that moment (or anything about us you chose), and you feel betrayed now, then I completely understand that.

"It’s your right to define what you love about a band, and it’s your right to decry their actions and words as you see fit, because it’s you, frankly, who have done much of the work to sustain that relationship, not the band."

However, he also says he's been blown away by the "overwhelmingly positive response" to the news of new material and performances.

LCD Soundsystem will play Coachella and will also tour.  They'll also release a new record.  So, he writes, "this isn't a victory lap or anything, which wouldn't be of much interest to us."

Read the full post HERE

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