LCD Soundsystem Returns After 5-year Break

Is it really a reunion? They say so

After a five-year hiatus, electronic dance punk band LCD Soundsystem is back at it. The band is prepared to release a new album and embark on a 17-show world tour. For many LCD fans, this is great news. But is five years really enough time to justify a reunion?

Helen Teague - LCD SoundsystemCountless bands and musicians have gone that long, even longer between albums, which raises the question, what really is a “reunion” and what officially counts as a “break-up”? Modest Mouse went nearly eight years to the date between their two most recent albums. They spent that time touring, but never considered themselves “broken up” nor “reunited.”

During the time that LCD Soundsystem was disbanded, some members pursued other music projects. It was Christmas of 2015 when the band released a holiday single together, setting the stage for a possible reunion.

LCD Soundsystem went out with a bang in 2011, playing a well-publicized final show in New York City, which included acts such as Arcade Fire and Reggie Watts. They also released a final concert DVD. But after just enough time that people actually started missing them, poof! They’re back! The band announced that they would release a new album, tour around the world, and headline this year’s Coachella music festival, which, ironically, will also include the reunion of the original lineup of Guns N’ Roses. This will be the first time that Axl Rose and Slash have shared the stage since 1993.

But after just enough time that people actually started missing them, poof! They’re back!

Is it fair for LCD Soundsystem to call this a reunion? Is it fair to market their new album and concerts as “reunion shows?” Will all the fans that once showed love and support for the band be back in their places again? This seems more like driving off into the sunset, but on second thought, turning back around.

James Murphy, the frontman of the band, released a statement saying he understands fans who abandoned the band, but he promised great things for the fans that stuck around. “The only thing we can do now is get back into the studio and finish this record, and make it as fucking good as we can possibly make it,” Murphy said. “It needs to be better than anything we’ve done before.”

Does the world need another LCD Soundsystem record? If the band is willing to come back in full force and fans are willing to listen, I sure as hell don’t see why not. Regardless of whether this is considered a true “reunion” or not, we know this much: LCD Soundsystem is back. But time will tell if they will be better than ever.