LCD Soundsystem and Hot Chip at the Hordern Pavilion

I saw LCD Soundsystem last night, and they were really cool. James Murphy claims this is the end of his project as a touring entity; if that’s true I’m glad I got to see them.

I caught the last half of openers Hot Chip. I saw them open for Goldfrapp once upon a time. They’ve become a little more robust since then, and their nerd-dance sound was good hype music.

But it was LCD Soundsystem that I was excited about, and they didn’t disappoint me. Song after song of what I can only describe as euphoria-punkhit the room in our collective funny-bone, producing non-stop dance spasms. The raucous songs like “Drunk Girls” and “Movement” got us jumping. The extended tripfests of opener “Us v Them” and mainset closer “Yeah” performed effective mass hypnosis (or hip-nosis) on us. The real surprise for me was how funked-up “Daft Punk Is Playing At My House” turned out to be live: it was a scorcher.

Murphy’s voice sounded much better than I expected, too. Choosing “New York I Love You, But You’re Bringing Me Down” as a closer was a bit of a surprise to me, but it did showcase that his pipes – while not diva-level – are better than past YouTube vids had led me to believe.

I honestly think that LCD is one of the best examples of a truly fun, influence-integrating, forward-looking, organic/synthetic-balanced, original music act today. I’m actually relieved that they were so good live. They have, in the words of another performer that’s perhaps slightly more famous, justified my love.