Music at the Crossroads: LCD Soundsystem will come to Houston in October
Aug. 4, 2010 at 3:04 a.m.
Updated Aug. 5, 2010 at 3:05 a.m.
BY JJ VELASQUEZ
James Murphy is living proof a musician's meteoric rise to stardom can happen even in middle age.
The 40-year-old's latest album, "This Is Happening," peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard Dance/Electronic, topping even Lady Gaga.
Who knew a cool-dad-looking Jersey guy with gray speckled in his 5-o'clock shadow could tango with Gaga?
If you haven't heard of LCD Soundsystem, may I suggest starting with "Dance Yrself Clean?"
Murphy's spare beat drives the song as two dirty synth chords play back-and-forth and Murphy sings a chorus of "Ahhs." Then, build-up. The synth chords become dirtier, the drums fuller, Murphy's voice higher and more intense.
This is the new incarnation of indie music, like it or not. And it comes from an unlikely trendsetter in Murphy, who has said in interviews that his career didn't pick up until his 30s because of the laziness that plagued him in his 20s.
Where in his younger years, he had an offer to screenwrite for "Seinfeld" and never mustered enough motivation to write an episode for the hit show then in its second season, now he is prolific. The musician recorded three albums as LCD Soundsystem in this decade and produced other bands in between.
Not to mention, the up-and-coming indie bands of today see Murphy as a forefather who brought electronic music back into the musical vanguard.
Hopefully, this isn't the last we hear from Murphy as a recording artist. He has been a source of originality to a genre that had been lacking in that department.
With the quality of the music he is making, he can compete with Lady Gaga into his 50s.
Murphy and LCD Soundsystem, his recording name and band, will take the stage Oct. 8 at Verizon Wireless Theater in Houston. Buy tickets online for $35 at livenation.com. They go on sale Friday at 10 a.m.