Despite its reputation as a party city, Miami is rarely graced with good-quality music, let alone indie heavy hitters like LCD Soundsystem. So when James Murphy and the gang threw down a futuristic disco party last night at the Fillmore Miami Beach, true Miami music heads were more than ready to obey the title of the show opener, “Dance Yrself Clean.” The second the electric drums and synth glare hit, the crowd broke out dance moves they’d obviously been storing away all summer long. The energy only went up a notch when Murphy revealed that drummer Pat Mahoney used to live in Miami Beach.
As the audience settled in, the band moved through a couple of the more poppy tracks off their latest album, This is Happening, before launching into crowd-favorite “Daft Punk is Playing at My House.” With everyone singing along, Murphy and the band appeared surprised at the enthusiasm of Miami’s oft-criticized concert goers. But there was no way to stay calm. The ease with which Murphy commands a crowd puts him in a class with Brian Eno and David Byrne. It was almost like watching Bill Clinton’s “Man from Hope” speech on acid.
For much of the show, the band wailed away on an army of synthesizers and heavy bass riffs before bringing the crowd to a frenzy by lowering an enormous disco ball that would have impressed the coked-out clubbers at Studio 54 back in the 70s. To properly kick off the beginning of one hell of a month on the Miami music scene (indie acts Yeasayer, Phoenix, Beach House, and MGMT are also playing in October), the band played a jammed out version of their first single, 2002’s “Losing my Edge.” After a short break, the band closed out the show with “Home,” lyrically and instrumentally one of the strongest tracks of their almost decade-long career.
Last night LCD Soundsystem lived up to its status as indie royalty, and hopefully Miami’s energy impressed the band enough to score a slot on its next tour. Until then, let’s enjoy the stellar month of music ahead of us.
– “Dance Yrself Clean”
– “Drunk Girls”
– “Get Innocuous!”
– “Yr City’s a Sucker”
– “Daft Punk is Playing at My House”
– “I Can Change”
– “All My Friends”
– “You Wanted a Hit”
– “Someone Great”
– “Losing My Edge”