LCD Soundsystem Label Reps Shoot Down Reunion Rumors
A rep for LCD Soundsystem‘s label wrote a series of scathing tweets refuting rumors that the group was eyeing a 2016 reunion, after reports surfaced online suggesting it was a possibility. “Hey idiots, LCD Soundsystem isn’t reuniting,” DFA Records label manager Kris Petersen wrote. “They’re dead, along with your good looks and cultural relevance.” DFA cofounder Jonathan Galkin also denied the rumors to Pitchfork.
The source of the rumors was music website Consequence of Sound, citing anonymous “multiple sources” as confirming that the group intended to perform “at least three high-profile music festivals” in the U.S. and U.K. Billboard subsequently published its own article with confirmation coming from another anonymous “well-placed source.”
In his Twitter tirade, Petersen called Consequence of Sound’s “multiple sources” “some fucking knobs on the Coachella message board.” He also submitted a statement to Vulture. “LCD Soundsystem is not reuniting at Coachella next year,” he wrote. “I’m sure some festivals have offered the group a giant tempting pile of money, but there is no truth to this. Can we all just move on with our fucking lives?”
While a rep for the band declined to comment, a rep for DFA Records tells Rolling Stone, “‘This office has no knowledge at all of any reunion.” A rep for Monotone, Murphy’s management company also tells Rolling Stone, “We have no knowledge of any reunion.”
LCD Soundsystem played their final concert in April 2011 at New York City’s Madison Square Garden. Last spring, they put out a five-LP box set of the entire, nearly four-hour concert titled The Long Goodbye. The band also set up a “Long Goodbye” exhibit at Brooklyn record store Rough Trade, which included the album playing in full and photographs of the group.
Since the group disbanded, main man James Murphy has found many interesting ways to keep busy. He remixed computer-generated music made from tennis matches, recorded a chill song for a Noah Baumbach movie, covered David Bowie, opened a wine bar and began campaigning for a chance to refigure the way the New York City subway system sounds.
When Rolling Stone asked Murphy in June 2014 if he ever wondered whether or not it was a mistake to end LCD Soundsystem, he said no. “It felt pretty good,” he said of bidding farewell to the band. “But that doesn’t mean that I don’t miss it. There are times when I miss it a lot.”