Last month we announced that legendary dance-punk icons LCD Soundsystem would return to Australia this July with two unmissable headline shows in Sydney and Melbourne.
LCD haven’t released new music since 2010, but overnight, James Murphy took to FB to release two brand new tracks, clear up any fan related anguish and do away with using capital letters after full stops.
“in other news, we’re releasing 2 songs tonight at midnight (and i mean, literally, midnight. wherever you are. so, like, australia first, and so on and so forth) via the digital things that people use now on their devices.”
Both tracks; ‘call the police’ and ‘american dream’ are synth-poppers in their own right and were conceived to be released simultaneously and loved equally.
“i’m not doing “b-sides” for this, as this is, essentially, a “double A side” release. meaning that there isn’t one song i’m like “oh this is THE song” and another song that i’m like “well, this one can go on the other side” with these. it’s not a 7″, nor a 10″ nor a 12″, in theory or format for me… these are just 2 songs that we wanted to get out to the lovely and patient (and some less patient, but one assumes equally lovely) people who want new music,” wrote Murphy.
He answered some inevitable questions like “but when is the ALBUM coming out!?!! gahh! SERiously!!” with “i insist that there is vinyl on the day it’s released (because… well… because i’m an old person) so it will go like this: finish last mix > get to bob to master > get masters to pressing plant > plant takes X amount of time > records get to distro so that they can go to stores > record released.”
It makes sense. Murphy also weighed in on venue sizing and pesky ticket scalpers “what we also don’t want: tickets to our shows being sold for $1000 on eBay, and people who like our band standing outside crying because they bought some bogus barcode from some shit-heel scalper. what we want: full shows that aren’t so big that you feel like you need binoculars to see if pat is actually behind the drums or if it’s louis ck or something.”
It was a mega PSA “anyway, this has been a communication from the desk of JM. now i need to get some oatmeal and go to work.” You can read it in full here.
Melbourne, there’s still a chance to catch LCD this July – in fact, Frontier Touring have just announced a limited release of production holds today, which means more tickets have become available. Sydney is sold owt.