LCD Soundsystem have become embroiled in a bizarre stand-off as news of album reissues emerge without the band’s consent.
It was announced earlier in the week that several of LCD Soundsystem’s albums would be reissued on vinyl by Rhino, with the first of them coming out on June 23.
LCD Soundsystem, 45:33, This Is Happening, and London Sessions were all supposed to be made available on vinyl this month – a claim the band have rejected saying they “certainly aren’t announcing shit”.
“Despite being in print for years and ready available at DFA Records,” the release says. “Rhino has announced that they are releasing vinyl reissues of LCD Soundsystem’s self-titled debut album, ‘45:33,’ ‘This Is Happening’ and ‘London Sessions’ — which was news to the band who issued the following statement: ‘LCD Soundsystem certainly aren’t announcing shit, as they had no idea that these were even coming out. Just buy the records from DFA [Records], like you have been able to for years.”
“The Rhino press release also describes LCD Soundsystem as ‘one of the freshest sounds on the London underground scene in the early 2000s,’” the release concluded, “so that shows how seriously anyone should take it.”
So that’s that then. Don’t be buying LCD records from Rhino… you’ve been warned.
It has been nearly seven years since This Is Happening, the last full length record from Brooklyn’s wonderfully endearing ‘dance-punk’ pioneers LCD Soundsystem.
James Murphy, a man who, five years ago, decided to call time on the band with an emotional Madison Square Garden show, could not resist the itch of a return and last year reunited the band for a series of headline shows.
Now though, with the promise of a new record for 2017, Murphy took to Facebook to reply to one fan’s request for an update it’s progress: “News on the new LCD album soon?” a fan asked.
Murphy replied: “Sure. Still working on it, but it’ll be done soon. Winter tends to mess with my voice, so finishing the thing drags out.”