Cowbell Attack!! LCD Soundsystem in Tripod
Tweet LCD Soundsystem played a stormer in Tripod on Saturday. The songs from Sound of Silver which sound special enough on record, absolutely blistered live. James Murphy gives good gig, and under a rotating mirrorball he committed himself to rocking out with cheery, banterous aplomb (complaining about the owners of the Hotel they were staying in, and telling the whooping fans to piss on its floors the next time they go there). Like many others I'm sure, I always thought of LCD Soundsystem as a one man operation. But on the night, one thing that stood out was the touring band. They were super-focused and as tight as an 'oul one's perm at a wedding. They generated a propulsive, endlessly complex analogue web of beats and melody that was what ye might call proper live music, in that things shifted in ways that sounded novel to ears familiar with the records. In this case, all the songs sounded like the horned-up rampant cousins of their album counterparts, let out for the weekend, swinging sozzled from the ceiling and knocking dust out of the fittings. For example, for the encore, the pulsing central melody of "Someone Great" which sounds quite languid on record became something else entirely, a bruisingly brash build-up to a foot-thumping climax. For sure, a little (actually most) of the song's melancholy nuance might have been lost, but I doubt many of the Saturday night hedonists cared or noticed. Everyone was too busy partying. Loreana took a few great shots. I think this particular square shaped one is class. The yelpy goodtime head in front of the mirrorball sums the dude up. Token MP3: LCD Soundsystem-Time to get away Final thought: TRIPOD SORT YOUR FUCKIN' AIR CONDITIONING OUT.