Their cathartic, sublime dance-punk – highlighted in tracks such as ‘Daft Punk Is Playing at My House’, ‘Drunk Girls’, ‘I Can Change’, ‘Losing My Edge’ – defined the Noughties, creating a legacy felt to today. Frontier Touring is thrilled to announce the highly anticipated live return to Australia by Brooklyn’s LCD Soundsystem!
Formed by New York DJ/musician James Murphy back in 2002, the dancefloor icons will perform two unmissable headline shows this winter: Sydney’s Hordern Pavilion on Monday 24 July, followed by Melbourne’s Margaret Court Arena on Wednesday 26 July. General public tickets for both performances go on sale Thursday 20 April.
‘Frontman Murphy, preacher-like in a white suit, clutched the mic to his mouth throughout, bellowing out existential lyrics and infectious falsetto whoops over propulsive dance beats and noodling guitar lines…. ★★★★★’ – The Telegraph
‘‘Us Vs Them’, ‘Daft Punk…’ and ‘I Can Change’ come consecutively and the intensity doesn’t waver thereafter. Far from making it feel top-heavy, these three bangers – and it feels unfair to call them anything else – merely set the tone for hit followed by hit followed by hit.’ – NME
‘LCD Soundsystem accomplished more in 10 years than most bands achieve in 40.’ – Rolling Stone
These shows will mark LCD Soundsystem’s first visit since reuniting in 2016, Murphy promising fans a new album is on the way. The band made their comeback last year with headline slots at the world’s biggest festivals, including Coachella, Lollapalooza, Glastonbury, Bonnaroo and Primavera. (LCD will play the closing night of 2017’s Splendour In The Grass.)
“It was definitely not supposed to be my life,” the singer joked to triple j about LCD’s early days (listen here), when the band released a series of singles via DFA Records, the NYC label co-founded by Murphy. “It always seemed like we were free to really enjoy it because we weren’t expecting it to be our careers.” Buoyed by the attention grabbing, eight-minute ‘Losing My Edge’, LCD’s self-titled debut (2005) went on to earn two Grammy nominations and a Top 20 hit in Australia with ‘Daft Punk Is Playing at My House’.
2006’s one-track ‘45:33’ was brilliant, initially commissioned for Nike as a workout mix. That in turn influenced 2007’s acclaimed Sound Of Silver, Murphy’s hooks and self-effacing lyrics proving a unique combination. The record debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Dance/Electronic Album chart, and later crowned Album Of The Year by Drowned In Sound, Uncut and The Guardian, thanks to tracks ‘North American Scum’, ‘Us v Them’, ‘Someone Great’, the anti-gentrification ‘New York, I Love You But You’re Bringing Me Down’ (remember the Kermit video?), and ‘All My Friends’.
2010’s This Is Happening followed, with singles ‘Drunk Girls’ and ‘I Can Change’. Refusing to overstay their welcome, Murphy called time-out on the band 12 months later, culminating in a legendary four-hour ‘farewell’ show at Madison Square Garden, captured on The Long Goodbye.
Then, in January 2016, fans were elated when the band announced they were headlining California’s Coachella. While the world eagerly awaits new music, there’s no mistaking the band’s legendary live power:
‘LCD turned the massive Coachella stage into a glowing New York nightclub, perhaps the most grandiose moment of the reunion tour … Out front is Murphy, their digital maestro.’– SPIN Magazine
‘Toward the end of a nearly two-hour set, in “Dance Yrself Clean” and “All My Friends” repetition locked into ecstasy and all of LCD Soundsystem’s thought and craftsmanship were transformed into motion.’ – The New York Times
Make no mistake, this is going to be THE party of 2017, so don’t delay in grabbing your tickets. Help welcome back LCD Soundsystem to Australia this July!
LCD Soundsystem 2017 Aussie Tour
Monday 24 July – Hordern Pavilion, Sydney
Wednesday 26 July – Margaret Court Arena, Melbourne