Review / photos / setlist: LCD Soundsystem at Hard Rock Live in Orlando
On Tuesday night at Hard Rock Live in Orlando, LCD Soundsystem threw down the gauntlet. To top this as the best show of the year will be a challenge (though some formidable and very different opponents are waiting in the wings over the coming weeks — The National, Flaming Lips, Vampire Weekend, Built To Spill and Caribou).
James Murphy and his six-piece band opened their almost two-hour set with Dance Yrself Clean, the first track of their latest (and reportedly final) album, This Is Happening. After warming up with the three-minute minimalist Talking Heads-esque intro to the song, the party got kicked into overdrive and never let up.
To try to explain what LCD Soundsystem are doesn’t do them justice. “Electro-dance-punk” is a phrase that comes to mind. In reality, they transcend those genres individually and create smart, witty and downright amazing music that you can dance to. Their live show is the perfect example how to play electronic-based music in a live setting.
Along with a guitar, bass and drums, there were at least 10 synthesizers, various drum machines and other electronic toys on stage. With a total of seven people available to play any of these, the band relied less on sequenced backing tracks than some of their contemporaries (I’m looking at you, Radiohead). The result is live performance of epic proportions.
The 14-song set flowed nicely, each track building on the last. The band played songs from all three LCD albums, drawing primarily from their self-titled 2005 debut and This Is Happing. Highlights of the night were Daft Punk Is Playing At My House, Drunk Girls, Movement, Losing My Edge and All My Friends. Frankly, everything was a highlight. Not a single misstep or song that came off as only okay.
Opening band Sleigh Bells fit nicely on the bill. This New York/Florida duo unleashed a torrent of overblown danceable noise upon the crowd. Playing a good portion of their extremely fun debut album, Treats, Sleigh Bells easily won over any detractors.
Singer Alexis Krauss and guitarist Derek Miller were backed only by a literal wall of Marshall stacks (think early Van Halen) and a laptop running the programmed drums and backing tracks. The two easily made up for the lack of a full band with their energy and sheer volume.
LCD SOUNDSYSTEM SETLIST
Dance Yrself Clean
Yr City’s a Sucker
Daft Punk Is Playing At My House
I Can Change
All My Friends
You Wanted a Hit
Losing My Edge
-- Review / photos by Gabriel Loewenberg, tbt*