Following the release of their second album (speed review here), I was rather excited, nay, thrilled to find myself at the London Astoria last night seeing LCD Soundsystem in person.
They were brilliant. New-Yorker, Lead Singer, Producer and all-round talent jockey James Murphy belted out winning track after winning track. Highlights from the new album were Us and Them, Get Innocuous and North American Scum, but really every track was a winner.
There was one thing that puzzled me though. When they played Daft Punk is Playing at my House (arguably their best song), they played it at about 5-10 BPM faster than normal. This isn't the first time I've seen a band rush through one of my favorite songs. Why do this? Maybe they're bored hearing or playing that song over and over again, but it was the first time I've seen them live and I put down £20 my ticket. I want Daft Punk is Playing at my House at the normal speed, goddamnit!
Anyway, mini rant over. I enjoyed a decent chunk of the concert right at the front, dead centre, hands on the barrier. Oddly enough the venue was packed at the back, and there was loads of room for a boogie at the front. I got very sweaty indeed, especially to the great version of Yeah they hit us with.
All in all, a bloody great night.