'There are people who feel betrayed by us coming back and playing' - James Murphy
LCD Soundsystem have released an extended public statement in which they both confirm a full comeback – including a new record this year, and a tour beyond the previously announced Coachella headline slot – and address those who are unhappy with their return.
The lengthy statement was released via their website earlier today (January 5), and details how the band came to reform, the thought process behind the reformation and a few of their future plans.
Written by frontman James Murphy, the statement says:
“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).”
Read the full statement below, via Facebook, or here on LCD Soundsystems’ website:
Addressing those who’ve had a negative reaction to LCD’s return after the seeming finality of their retirement in 2011, Murphy says:
“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.”