If you haven’t heard, LCD Soundsystem made their surprise return a while back. They also revealed that they’ll be releasing a new album called American Dream in September. Back in 2011, the band declared a devastating breakup along with a feature film regarding the topic.
In a New York Times interview with lead band member James Murphy, he revealed there were 2 main elements in the decision to end the band.
The first one was understandable. He expressed concern regarding the relevancy himself to the band. He claims “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.” It sounds like there could’ve been outside influences that were steering him away from his own goals for the band.
The second reason is something the world is definitely raising their eyebrows to. Murphy was determined to sell out their “final” show at Madison Square Garden. He explains it best when he says “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 just a couple minutes after broadcasting the beloved band’s tragic breakup.
As this appeared to be a bit a conniving move, LCD Soundsystem is now under more pressure than ever to deliver on American Dream.
In light the recent pressure and criticisms on this comment, the band’s guitarist Al Doyle took to Twitter to defend his group and insist that the breakup was not to “grub ticket money.”
We’re relieved to hear a reassuring explanation from the group and, despite the scandal, are very excited for the new album to drop next month.