Fronted by James Murphy, DJ, and co-founder of dance-punk label DFA Records, the collective known as LCD Soundsystem has lit up the UK charts for the past couple years with hit songs like "Daft Punk Is Playing At My House" and "Drunk Girl" . Attracting a solid following in Austin, the band showed up in the drizzling rain to pack Stubb's amphitheater last night for a sold out set. Luckily the rain had cleared by the time the band went on, and with rented mirror balls (the bands own giant ball wouldn't fit through the stage doors) and smoke machines they turned Stubb's into a massive disco for the night.
The crowd might have been wet but they weren't disappointed as the band riffed it's way through a tight set, with Murphy looking more like an everyman getting ready to target weekend yard work rather than a rock star and creative genius. With slashing guitar work by David Scott Stone adding an edge to the pounding beats of Pat Mahoney and Matt Thornley on drums, and the synth work by Nancy Whang and Gavin Russom, the band has a distinct sound live that's like a younger fresher Talking Heads and their music is easily as addictive. Great show, definitely worth seeing.
Opening the show was Brooklyn based Holy Ghost! who put on a good set on a cramped stage, but it was hard for them to spark much enthusiasm from the crowd in the intermittent showers.