LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy reveals the reasons underlying the band’s 2011 split
Ever since LCD Soundsystem’s surprise return with the announcement of a new album American Dream — to be released in September — fans are understandably puzzled, as well as relieved, given their apparently irreversible breakup back in 2011. In fact, the band even made a feature film about their break-up, which makes their comeback all the more confusing.
In a recent interview with New York Times, front man James Murphy revealed that there were two main factors underlying their decision to call it quits. Firstly, Murphy was worried about a shift in priorities and production style as the band’s influence grew. “I didn’t want to be that band. I liked being the band that was relevant to me. I felt like we were about to be the band that was not relevant to me.”
The second, rather amusingly, was to ensure that their “final” show at Madison Square Garden would sell out before their performance. “My theory was, if I make it our last show, we’ll sell it out in two weeks. It wasn’t a total lark, but it was a bit larky. But I like making decisions. I find it easy.” The show sold out in a mere seconds post their heartbreaking announcement.
In fact, Murphy was apprehensive about a prospective return, given the apparent finality of their Madison Square Garden performance. “I was like, no, because now if we’re going to play again, we really have to justify it. That’s a new, exciting problem and far more interesting to me. We’ve got to do something good enough.”
In light of the given comments, it is safe to say that there is more pressure on LCD Soundsystem to deliver with American Dream, than ever before.