Just a little more than week after the announcement that LCD Soundsystem would be the first band to perform at the latest Bowery Presents venue Brooklyn Steel, James Murphy and Co. took the stage in Williamsburg to deliver one of their first performances of 2017. Fans were in for a treat as they neared the line outside the venue slimmed down and they approached the doors to find giant signs that read:
hi there guys! Welcome! We have a special plea
please don’t film the old songs. We already made a movie made a whole movie out of those and you’re not gonna find a “better angle” with your iPhone than Spike Jonze found with his camera.
please don’t film the new songs. It’d be a real gutpunch to all the people who have been working insanely hard for the last 18 months to release this music in the way that we want to release it.
we’re very excited to play for you tonight. Be here with us.
lots of love from LCD
Almost a year and a half after the surprise release of “Christmas Will Break Your Heart,” LCD Soundsystem returned from a short stage break to perform three brand new songs, with working titles “Tonight,” “Call Police,” and “American Dream.” While I am unfortunately unable to post any clips of the new songs — as it seems all 1,800 concertgoers heeded LCD’s request — Stereogum’s Ryan Leas was on-site to describe the sounds new sounds emanating from the speakers in word form. He noted that, of the three songs played, the second was by far the most staggering, calling it “a moment that makes you think ‘Goddamn it, this is better than I thought their new stuff would be.'”
Check out the full setlist from LCD Soundsystem’s first night of five in Brooklyn below. Hopefully the remaining performances will showcase more new material.