LCD Soundsystem Movie Gets Sundance Release
By James Clementi
If you’re still cranky about the breakup of your favorite punk-dance band, at least you’ll always have the music. And thanks to two innovative filmmakers, they will soon be reuniting—at a theater near you!
LCD Soundsystem freaks everywhere should check out Shut Up and Play the Hits, a new movie that is among the hottest properties to come out of this year’s Sundance Film Festival.
Although vocalist/drummer/keyboardist/etc. James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem decided to end the band, effectively also shutting down an era, the group gave fans an incredible final performance this past summer in Madison Square Garden. Fortunately for those of us who weren’t there, that concert was captured on film by directors Dylan Southern and Will Lovelace.
In their new documentary, they display the footage from that epic night in all of its rocked-out glory. The farewell blaze makes the group’s end all the more bittersweet as LCD Soundsystem play hits from all of its albums for supposedly the last time ever, with behind-the-scenes footage of the emotional final moments setting the scene.
Murphy will continue to make brilliant music—remember when he scored the eclectic soundtrack to the movie Greenberg?—but the loss of LCD’s presence on the music scene is going to take a while to recover from.
The film is a must-see for fans. If you missed out on this once in a lifetime event, here’s your chance to experience it on the big screen with a lap full of popcorn. And if you were there, hey, you might be in the movie!