standing in front of people doing things loudly

2016 Tour dates coming soon


band humans:
james murphy, pat mahoney, tyler pope, nancy whang, matthew thornley, al doyle, gavin r. russom, david scott stone, phil mossman, j.d. mark, & phil skarich.

booking in the north america:
marc geiger william morris agency
samantha kirby yoh

booking ex-n.a.:
david levy william morris agency

phone: 212 343 0740 fax: 212 343 0630
address: 110 greene st. suite 605
new york, NY 10012

let’s just start this thing finally with some clarity.

i write songs all the time. sometimes they’re just weird songs i sing while changing a baby, or songs about annoying things that i sing to myself, or to friends while sitting at a bar, or about christmas, or new york. sometimes these songs live in my head for years and have verses upon verses added to them, almost infinitely. sometimes they’re just ghosts of ideas, and sometimes they’re fully-formed things which float in front of me, seeming like they’d be easy to make flesh, only to fight furiously as soon as i try to pin them down in any way. some of them I make with friends in a room with instrument things. only a tiny fraction of these ever become Songs; get recorded, feel like something that should be shared. those ones, i write the title or some lyrics of down on a page in a little book i carry around. or i sing a bit of them into a tape recorder (or now a phone, I guess). i’ve been doing this since i was a kid.

early in 2015, i realized i had more of those than i’d ever had in my life. more of them than when i went in to make any LCD record, or when i recorded tapes upon tapes of terrible things in high school. just loads of them, and i found myself a little perplexed. if i record them, what do i do with them? maybe I shouldn’t record them at all? i considered that, which was in a way the easiest option, but it also seemed like a weird and arbitrary (and sort of cowardly) cop-out. but to record them—well then, suddenly i have, what—a record?

so i asked pat and nancy to come over to my apartment for coffee and told them: “i’m going to record some music. should i make up a band name, or make a “james murphy” record, or should it be LCD?” we all thought a good amount about it. we have had lives for the past 5 years, which has been nice, and those guys have made amazing music with Museum Of Love, the Juan MacLean, and all sorts of other things. i’d managed to do a bunch of fun, dumb stuff which mostly annoyed people who were into the band because, well, subway turnstiles and a coffee aren’t LCD, basically.

at any rate, they both said “let’s make an LCD record”. you see, if they didn’t want to, which i’d half assumed, then there’s no such thing as LCD. imagine this: me making a record, calling it LCD, and then you go to the show and there’s just some guy playing drums over there, or some other person playing keyboards. horrifying. then imagine this: i make a “james murphy” record, or, i don’t know, an “everteen” record, or whatever made-up name i come up with, and there’s pat playing drums, and nancy. maybe al isn’t too busy with hot chip so he comes to play. what the fuck is that? here were our choices: 1. make music with your friends and call it something else, which seems hilarious (everteen) or egomaniacal to the point of sociopathic (james murphy solo record). 2. make music, but WILLFULLY EXCLUDE your friends because of the horrors in option 1. 3. make an LCD record with your friends, who want to make said record, and deal with whatever fall-out together. 4. don’t make music, to avoid the horrors of all of the above. 5. make music and, like, hide it somewhere.
we decided, clearly, on option 3, and i was fully prepared for a certain amount of “oh fuck that guy” over-it stuff—in fact welcomed it. 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.

but in my naiveté i hadn’t seen one thing coming:
there are people who don’t hate us at all, in fact who feel very attached to the band, and have put a lot of themselves into their care of us, who feel betrayed by us coming back and playing. who had traveled for or tried to go to the MSG show, and who found it to be an important moment for them, which now to them feels cheapened. i just hadn’t considered that. i know—ridiculous on my part. i saw some comments online a few days ago from people who felt that way, and it blindsided me, and made me incredibly sad. i saw some other people replying with stuff like “if that’s what you cared about, and you don’t want them to play anymore, maybe you liked the band for pretty weird reasons”, and it made me think. the truth is, while i get what the replier is saying, i kind of side with the original complaint: 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. i was so clearly expecting the cynical cries of foul, that i hadn’t seen the heartfelt complaint coming. we’ve always talked about how we’d never betray anyone who cares about us, but here we are now. given the chance again to make new music with the people i care about, and who have given a big part of their lives to doing this weird thing together, and who wanted to do it again, i took it. and in doing so, i betrayed whoever feels betrayed by that action. i by no means think that everyone who liked our band feels bad right now. a lot of people who liked our band are very happy, and we’ve been pretty blown away by the almost overwhelmingly positive response. last night i sat with al and nancy in a weird italian bar and we talked about how fucking awesome it was that so many people were happy to have us back. but that doesn’t take away from those who feel hurt. 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. it needs to be better than anything we’ve done before, in my mind, because it won’t have the help of being the first time. and we have to play better than we’ve ever played, frankly. every show has to be better than the best show we’ve played before for anyone to even say “well, that was good. i mean, not as good as they used to be. but, you know. it was good.” we know all that. which is healthy for us, because it means we go back to war, like in the beginning. for us it was always war, but now it’s really with ourselves. maybe we have a chance to make it right.

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. thank fuck we were never skinny and young. or at least i wasn’t. that always happens with bands… they aren’t fat when they come back, typically, just, i don’t know, thicker. i was lucky to start this band kind of fat and old, so there’s no, like “look how YOUNG they were!” shit to even find on the internet. i mean, we were younger and everything, but we weren’t young, if you know what i mean.

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.

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10 comments to let’s just start this thing finally with some clarity.

  • wonderfool

    Glad to read that! I really missed you all.
    (come to Brazil, if you please :D )

  • Glenn

    As someone around your age bracket, LCD’s music has always spoken to me in ways that no music in my lifetime has (grandiose, eh?). It’s been the perfect amalgamation of old angst and beloved musical ghosts from my youth brought back to life in a new Frankenstein form and I love that monster. I also identify with the overthought and wrenching that goes into your posts – just make your music cause you want to! Have enjoyed your soundtrack stuff and can’t wait to hear what you guys come up with this year.

  • Martin

    Great News! I love the band and I support it. I’m a fan of yours and with that I am a fan of the music you produce. You must feel that great eagerness when something you’re looking forward to is looming around the bend. Well you’ve given me and I’m sure many others that great feeling. Your music rings in my ears during different times of my life.

    I feel bad for you feeling for those of your fans that chose to get negative about your return. But I find that many times people get possessive with the music they love. But I just want more of it, how can I not? How can a person that really loves something not want more of it? Don’t mind the strange hate in this day and age with everyone having a mouth piece with a mask, the mask shows their true face. I do respect your positive outlook on it and apologizing for it. But remember sometimes people say negative things not because of what you did but of what they feel internally regardless of you.

    You do a very beautiful thing with your music. It’s incredibly difficult to describe how your music recorded and distributed impacts everyone. So I can just say from my own point of view. I await it, I love it and I will always be a fan.

  • This is awesome news. And a brilliant post, always fun to read you. You totally clouded the news about those gravitational waves thingies, tho. I bet NASA are not happy with you guys. I heard they had a beef already for you talking shit about astronauts in Drunk Girls. Just what I heard.

    No, seriously, what I wanted to say: It’s fantastic about the come back, the record, the tour and that you are coming to Spain. I got my tickets for the show at Primavera Sound already. Of course! Of course… but… maybe… maybe it’d be incredible if you guys played somewhere outside a festival here. Like a proper LCD gig in Madrid or Barcelona. If there’s anything we can do… like from posting flyers on traffic lights to paying for the venue ourselves… well, just let me know.

    Eagerly waiting for those tour dates to be posted.

  • Eliphas

    To all of you shining stars in LCD (as you most undeniably are):

    I was one of the pilgrims to soujourn to MSG that fateful night all the way from small town nowhere British Columbia thanks to my ever so kind father who made the trip my graduation present. I remember standing just behind Jayson Green thinking about what LCD song I would say was my favorite if he was to interview me (for the record “Freakout/Starry Eyes” at the time, “Home” now). Sadly I didnt get the chance, however, this did not detract from one of the greatest extended moments of my life.

    Anyway, (brevity is not my strong suit) I just wanted to say, from one human to you others, I am completely elated to find that you have decided to reenter the fold and to make mass magic take place all across the world. Not sure if you know the psychic implications of what you do, but the positivity it induces is exactly what we need to survive.

    It was you guys who got me “into” and I mean “into” music so much as to follow my dreams and become a musician myself. My band and I are literally studying your London Sessions to incorporate more dance funk into our progressive psych vibes. Were out to change the world, not sure if thats what you all intended but its what you are doing. Hope you know that.


    All the Love to you gems, please make it out to Vancouver when you head up North. I will be at the sending you all the Love.



  • Diana

    Thank god!!! YOU are back!! Love your voice James!!!
    Thank you for sharing such a different, unique and awesome sound!!!
    See you in Paredes de Coura in Portugal …
    Ooohh yeeeeaaahhh bitchiesssssssssss!!!

  • Tracy

    Double ditto what Glenn said…and holypotatosticks! A new LCD record – such riches! Thanks for opting to deal with fallout – definitely better than all those other options.

    Also, only three comments? That’s weird. Hmph.

  • Nathan

    For me, and I’m positive of countless others, I discovered your band far after your msg show. I was in 8th grade when you guys pulled out of the game. I live in some rinky dink town in pigs knuckle Maryland. How was I supposed to find you guys? Any sloppy conglomeration of dog shit words can’t convey to you how immensely overjoyed it makes me that you guys are going on tour and putting out a new record. As someone who has a strong emotional connection with your music, as someone who has so much respect for everything your band has done, and as a musician myself trying to find a voice, you have made an enormous impact on me. Your band taught me that it’s okay to be weird, it’s okay not to be liked, it’s okay to read gravity’s rainbow or cut your hair weird and you don’t have to be apologetic. You’re raw and cunning. You might feel like you’re betraying your old fans, but for many of my friends and I you are making our year. You are letting us be a part of something we thought burned out 5 years ago. We cannot thank you enough.

  • Mike Cook

    Glad to hear you guys are back from your coffee break :P

    Can’t wait to hear new stuff, and hope you make your way around the states! Seeing you live would be amazing!

  • Dan McDonnell

    This is gonna sound really crazy, but last night I had a dream that I was at an LCD show and was backstage talking with Nancy and James. I told them how excited I was that the LCD were back together. When I woke up I did a search on “LCD SOUNDSYSTEM” and saw that they WERE INDEED back together!! I had no idea until today. I’ve been smiling all day…Thanks!

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