Glastonbury Review: LCD Soundsystem

June 29, 2024

James Murphy has always seemed like the man both most likely and least likely. It’s a paradox set to elicit more chin stroking than philosophy students in a uni lecture hall, but sit with the thought for a moment and you’ll know what we mean. This self-professed music nerd always seemed destined for the periphery – to never leave the niche environs of his native New York local scene. And yet, the project he called LCD Soundsystem was hoovered up with the scene we retrospectively call Indie Sleaze in the early 00s. And he’s never looked back.

If evidence were required, 20 years since they first made a splash, LCD draw the first truly big crowd at the Pyramid Stage for the weekend. This was a set that didn’t disappoint. The group kept things lithe and incisive, delivering a pulsating set that charted their whole career.

If Talking Heads were making music in the twenty-first century, you could bet your bottom dollar it would sound like LCD Soundsystem. Less shlubby than he was in days of yore, Murphy still exudes the countenance of an A level music teacher reluctantly forced to take the reins and show his students how it’s done, but he’s adept at his role. If there’s a dance act that works better with a live band, I’d like to know who they are.

The highlights were many. ‘Losing My Edge’ remains a live tour-de-force of some magnitude, and they threw in snippets of Daft Punk’s ‘Robot Rock’ and Yaz’s ‘Don’t Go’ for good measure. Likewise, ‘Dance Yrself Clean’ showed its anthemic qualities remain evergreen. They departed with a spellbinding ‘All My Friends’ that demolished any lingering doubts that the Pyramid Stage is where this brilliant indie band belong.

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