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.

LCD Soundsystem + Hot Chip

I haven’t been to too many gigs lately. Perhaps it’s the cooling seasons, or perhaps I’m busy exploring other bits of Australian life. I’ll rectify that sooner or later, though.

Sooner, actually. I got tickets yesterday for LCD Soundsystem (on what James Murphy is claiming to be that act’s swan song) and Hot Chip in July. That promises to be a pretty tasty double feature.