Things to consider: anyone who has ever deemed themselves a fan of LCD Soundsystem knows loss, disappointment, and the aching void left unfilled in the absence of a band they love. In 2011, it wasn’t ‘see you later,’ but ‘goodbye for good’—or so the fans believed. There was no implication of this being a publicity stunt, nor an attempt to profit off of their April farewell, aptly dubbed “The Long Goodbye”, fully captured on film in their documentary “Shut Up and Play The Hits.” That night in April, an emotionally troubled, but otherwise devout arena full of fans poured their hearts out in acceptance of the hard facts; this was the beginning of the end.
But it wasn’t. In line with their April departure five years back, the band ‘rose from the dead’ last year, performing two nights of sold-out shows at Webster Hall, followed by a string of festival performances. In retrospect, James Murphy’s vocalized fears that he was not ready to take the final bow as frontman of LCD Soundsystem manifested into a welcomed reality. The band wasn’t done making music. At least not yet. And so it was. Their re-emergence into the world of music catapulted the band back into the spotlight— with rumors and confirmation of new music to come— sans possible release date or much greater detail. That is, until last week’s confirmation that the band would kick off 2017 with a 5-night residency at brooklyn’s newest venue, Brooklyn Steel.
Tickets? Well, they were damn near impossible to obtain the old-fashioned way and immediately saw a re-sale value comparable to the average price of rent in the city. Some fans who patiently clung to hope (myself included) were able to snag some two hours before doors were set to open —a stroke of luck still seemingly unbelievable.
New music will be played at tonight's LCD Soundsystem shows pic.twitter.com/1VMWDB5JJC
— Patrick Dietrich (@patty_d_27) April 6, 2017
Upon entering the venue was a sign—a thoughtfully penned plea to the band’s fans to trade in their desire to preserve what lies ahead with incessant low-quality videotaping for an opportunity to live in the moment. To my delight, the stage was, shockingly, not obstructed by a sea of limbs clinging to iPhones—for once— and likely for the last time in a while. The notice also confirmed the debut of new tracks alongside the old.
Just after 9 PM, Brooklyn’s newest venue fell almost silent as LCD Soundsystem took the stage. James Murphy, never one to contradict expectations of artists with celebrity status, introduced the show with a characteristically self-critical warning that fans may only think they want to hear new material, though he couldn’t be sure. Kicking off the night with a structured set of classic hits, among them, “Daft Punk Is Playing At My House,” “Get Innocuous,” and “I Can Change,” all of which set the stage for the debut of three new tracks which followed. As a sort of introduction preceding the debut, Murphy announced that the band would play “New York I Love You,” a track many fans know as the band’s characteristic set closer.
According to Stereogum, the three songs debuted on opening night of LCD’s residency and the venue’s grand opening are titled, “Tonight,” “Call Police,” and “American Dream,” all of which were warmly received by an exhilarated audience of fans, heavy with anticipation of what to expect that night. Little more was disclosed about the album’s slated release or what else was finished in terms of the album’s progress. However, a seemingly confident Murphy told one fan that the album was “almost done,” a mysterious confirmation that we could see a new LCD Soundsystem album this year. The band is set to play four more shows tonight, Saturday, Monday, and Tuesday as part of Brooklyn Steel’s grand opening.