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Poo kid on the block
A member of the DFA family and close friend of LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy, Dubliner Shit Robot has had a remarkable 12 months, with a rapturously received debut album and a star spot in LCD’s end-of-an-era madison square garden show. He tries to put it all into words.
Paul Nolan, 06 Jul 2011
Does Marcus have any idea what James Murphy’s next move will be?
“Well, they’re putting together that DVD and he’s working on a couple of film things,” he reveals. “But I also think he’s just enjoying not having a schedule for a while. I wouldn’t rule out the LCD crew making music together again, but in terms of them being stuck in a rigid album-tour-album cycle, that is absolutely over and done with. It’s funny, because during that last week of shows in New York, I was thinking, ‘I’m so happy my friends are going to get some time off and fulfil other creative ambitions’. But then after the shows you’d think, ‘God, LCD Soundsystem really are one hell of a live band right now’. It made me a bit sad to realise I was never going to see them in that setting again. So there were some mixed emotions.”
Marcus is currently working on material for his second album and feels that hooking up with some of the DFA crew once again is a distinct possibility.
“That’s the way it’s worked so far,” he acknowledges. “It’s a cliché, but DFA really is like a big family. What happened on the first record is that I got some basic ideas together and then took them to New York to finish them off. But it was all very organic. It just felt right that I should ask Nancy from LCD to sing on a track, and then we went to see Hot Chip one night, and when we were hanging out afterwards I asked Alexis if he fancied working on a track. He said, ‘Yeah, I’ll come down tomorrow and do it’. So I imagine it will be a similar kind of process this time around.”
Shit Robot plays Oxegen on Friday July 8.