New York is the city that never sleeps. That’s in part due to the fact that many legendary hard rock and metal bands got their starts here, banging out monster riffs in their apartments and basements to the complete dismay of their families and neighbors. Throughout history, New York’s residents have been stereotyped (some would say unfairly) as loud, fast-paced, edgy, aggressive and obnoxious. Sound familiar? Yup, sounds like the perfect breeding ground for hard rock and heavy metal music. Read more…
The trailer for LCD Soundsystem‘s documentary, Shut Up And Play The Hits, opens with front man James Murphy waking up in his Manhattan apartment, presumably after the band’s last ever show at Madison Square Garden, which was held April 2011. Seminal in shaping electronic and “indie” music, and for pioneering the anti-hipster (all the while being painfully hip), LCD Soundsystem are one of the most important dance acts to emerge in the past 10 years. As we watch Murphy go about his morning’s mundanities — getting dressed, swigging a from a bottle of water, walking the dog — the voice of music journalist and author Chuck Klosterman poses a profound question that shapes the rest of the trailer (and the whole documentary), “This is the end of LCD Soundsystem; and it’s ending in a strangely controlled manner. It’s like there was a record, there was an announcement, there’s a last show, everyone’s aware that it’s ending… When you start a band, do you imagine how it will end?”
The documentary covers the final show, from the the lead up to it, the actual show, and aftermath of the epic performance. Shut Up And Play The Hits will premier at the Sundance Film Festival on January 22, and if the trailer, set to the hit track “All My Friends,” is anything to go by, there wont be a dry seat in the house. Directed by Dylan Southern and Will Lovelace, and featuring footage by legendary director Spike Jonze, we predict there wont be a dry seat in the house by the end of the doco.
Indeed, even the trailer gave us a tingling sensation in the corners of our eyes — from the romantic footage of Murphy driving through New York, to the appearance of friends and special guests like Arcade Fire and The Roots, to the emotional hugs at the end of the show and an especially poignant shot of James Murphy looking to the ceiling of Madison Square Garden as hundreds of white balloons begin to fall from the roof, signifying the end of the LCD Soudsystem era, there’s plenty of intense, raw emotion to be felt here. The visual montage is peppered with the words, “If it’s a funeral… let’s have the best funeral ever,” and you’ll be sure to get a chill down your spine whether or not you were at Madison Square Garden for the last goodbye (we were, and it was just as emotional), especially as you watch fans in shocked disbelief, despite their knowing it’s the final show, fare-welling the iconic band.