LCD Soundsystem headlined Austin City Limits last October. They closed the festival, playing at 8pm on Sunday night. LCD Soundsystem is fronted by James Murphy. I feel like a lot of people don’t realize the gravity of LCD Soundsystem headlining ACL. The reason this is so awesome is because the band has been broken up since 2011. Then in 2016, 4 years later, Murphy was like, “Hey guys, we’re back and we’re going to headline ACL! Surprise!”
As you can see, the sunset was gorgeous above the stage. LCD played at the same time as Mumford and Sons and I was stunned by the amount of people that made the poor decision to see Mumford instead of LCD Soundsystem. The field in front of the stage wasn’t too crowded which was actually really nice. My friend and I were at a really good place in the crowd because the people weren’t packed in like sardines so we had room to set our bag down and spread out a little. I’m glad other people missed out by choosing Mumford and Sons so my experience at the concert was better.
Songs That Stood Out to Me
Murphy opened with grammy-nominated “Daft Punk is Playing in My House” (DPIPIMH) which was a no-brainer. This song is a great opener for several reasons. The main reason DPIPIMH works well for an opener is because it is a very well known song, which was demonstrated by the audience’s deafening cheer as soon as the first few notes were played. I’ve noticed that artists generally try to play a song they know is a crowd-pleaser for openers and closers. Another reason this is a good opener is because this is LCD Soundsystem’s only song nominated for a grammy. Murphy was most likely trying to remind people of how well this song did during its time.
The most ear-catching song for me was “Get Innocuous!” for one specific reason. Nancy Whang is a member of the band and she has a few lines in that song that caught me off guard with how good it sounded. About 4 minutes and 15 seconds into the song Nancy sings, “you can normalize, don’t it make you feel alive.” She repeats that line several times. I remember hearing that during the concert, getting goosebumps, and feeling the need to look up and pinpoint exactly who was singing those words. Her voice is very clear and pleasing to the ear. Her part in the song was very refreshing and added an interesting twist to the dynamic.
Finally, my favorite song to hear live was “Someone Great.” Murphy chose to close with this song which I thought was a great choice. Something I really enjoy about all of LCD Soundsystem’s songs is that they are all long and the vocals don’t start until a couple minutes in. The instrumental introduction to “Someone Great” is really great dance music and just sounds amazing. During that song I noticed that almost every single member of the audience was dancing or at least moving a little to the music. That feeling when you can tell everyone else is just as into the music is unique; it sounds dumb to say out loud, but if you’ve experienced it, you’ll understand. “Someone Great” was the best possible song Murphy could have chosen to close with because it is great dance music, it’s catchy, and it really showcases the true talent of the band. I left the concert feeling so alive and writing this is making me want to go back!