- 28 Sep 17
Paul Nolan was on-hand as the dance-punk crew played a barnstorming first night in Dublin
After a scorching warm-up DJ set from Dubliner Marcus Lambkin, aka DFA artist Shit Robot, the scene is perfectly set at a rammed Olympia for LCD Soundsystem. The first gig of a three-night stand that sold-out in minutes, the atmosphere is at fever pitch as the band take to the stage and Gavin Russom – resplendent in a fetching white dress, having this year come out as transgender – cues in the Kraftwerk-inspired synth riff of ‘Get Innocuous’.
We’ve barely started and already this show is more exciting than 99 percent of gigs. As Pat Mahoney crashes in with the song’s thumping drum rhythm, the whole audience rises to their feet, where they largely remain for the duration of this extraordinary two-hour show. The essential genius of LCD mastermind James Murphy has been to masterfully connect the dots between dance, rock, post-punk and new wave; musical coordinates his eight-piece group continue to navigate brilliantly.
The highlights are manifold: the berserk electro-pop of ‘I Can Change’; Russom and the godlike Nancy Whang’s heavenly harmonies during ‘You Wanted A Hit’; the scalding punk thrash of ‘Movement’. Murphy himself is the soul of affability between songs, apologising for the slight distance between the band and the front row (for technical reasons, he explains), and noting their delight at finally playing the Olympia, the aforementioned Lambkin having been nagging them to do so for the past decade.