LCD Soundsystem performing at Fuji Rock 2017.
The first song I heard by them was I Can Change, way back when they released This Is Happening in 2010. I thought it was a pretty catchy song, but I couldn't quite put a finger on why it was so great. The way i really got into them was very gradual too, I began liking their songs one by one over the years, as opposed to getting into the whole album at once. They broke up with a farewell tour in 2011, I wasn't really a big fan of them then so the news went over my head.
Then their documentary "Shut Up and Play The Hits" got released in 2012, but I didn't watch it until late 2015. I realized I know a lot of their songs, and they sounded even better on their live documentary.
In 2016, James Murphy announced that he was bringing LCD Soundsystem back. After seeing Radiohead live, I knew they would be next on my bucket list. The lineup for Fuji Rock 2017 came online, and truth be told they didn't need another band to convince me to buy the ticket
After I struggled through the already crowded White Stage, I saw that on top of the stage was also crowded with their equipments, most notably their numerous synthesizers and signature disco ball.
They took my expectations, crushed it beneath and soared over it. From the perfect disco ball usage of Us v Them to the tasty synth layers of Someone Great. The band was clearly having as much fun as us. Other bands try to be theatrical on stage, while LCD Soundsystem's music itself IS sonically theatrical. Combined with the lighting and excellent sound quality that can't be reproduced on any recording, hands down the best performance in Fuji Rock in my opinion.
They ended the night with the lingering line "If I could be with my friends tonight", then lights out. No fanfare, no alarms, no surprises. Just that line wistfully haunting over us that after this is all over, indeed we must ask ourselves "Where are your friends tonight?" (White Stage, Fuji Rock Festival / July 2017)
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