LCD Soundsystem’s reformation last year left a few people puzzled in light of the significant song and dance they made about breaking up, including releasing a feature film.
Earlier this summer James Murphy namechecked David Bowie as an influence behind the reunion decision. Now in a New York Times interview he’s admitted that the decision to break up was partly down to wanting to ensure the group sold out a headline show at Madison Square Garden.
He revealed the 2011 show had been booked before the band announced plans to break up, and they were nervous about how it would sell, so figured calling it their last ever show would aid sales.
“My theory was, if I make it our last show, we'll sell it out in two weeks,” he said, adding “It wasn't a total lark, but it was a bit larky.” The show ended up selling out in seconds.
It would be fair enough for fans to feel a little deceived about the revelations, but we expect any ill feelings will be forgotten if LCD Soundsystem deliver a quality record with forthcoming album ‘American Dream’, which lands on September 1.
Patrick Hinton is Mixmag's Digital Staff Writer, follow him on Twitter