Published Nov 18, 2008Conflicting reports have surfaced today in the UK on the status of James Murphys disco-dance machine LCD Soundsystem. And depending on who you believe, either the group are alive and well and working on album three or theyre ready for their obituary.
On the death end of the spectrum, the folks over at Drowned in Sound report that Murphy is saying goodbye to the LCD Soundsystem banner and will be solely focusing on new musical endeavours, such as his new "classic rock band. "I don't think James is going to do anything more under that name [LCD Soundsystem], the bands guitarist Al Doyle told BBC 6Music. "I think he'd like to do something with the same personnel possibly next year."
Head over to NME, however, and they quote Murphy saying hes already written a pile of new material, or at least he has in his mind. In the interview, Murphy said he has eight new songs songs safely tucked away in his head and is simply waiting for the right moment to let them out.
"I write all my music in my head, I never demo," Murphy told NME. "I get to a point where there are too many songs and I have to get them recorded. I recently felt that. I've got eight in my head that's critical mass."
And while NME hints these will become the follow-up to LCD Soundsystems Sound of Silver, Murphy never specifically says what name these songs will come under. Also, Murphy was a bit unclear if and when he would start recording the new material. However, he said that kind of info is top secret. "When I start recording I don't tell anyone, not even my manager," he said. "I'll go away for a month to a studio outside the city [New York] and do it."
So no matter what LCD Soundsystems future is, we have a feeling somewhere theres a publicist tearing their hair out screaming at these guys to get their stories straight.
LCD Soundsystem "All My Friends"