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IN CONVERSATION WITH MUSEUM OF LOVE

By Vanessa Krystin Wong

If you’re a fan of all things DFA, you know that LCD Soundsystem has become a household name. From their side-stepping dance music to more aggresive punk ridden tendencies, they’ve inspired a new look into electronic music. Since the disbandment of such an iconic band, drummer Pat Mahoney has teamed up with Dennis McNany of Run Roc Records to create Museum Of Love. This time around, Mahoney takes on vocals while McNany, who DJs under the alias Jee Day, takes control over the composition. With a different approach in melody and rhythm, Museum of Love offers a steady metronome of vocal layers and synths, slowly cresendoing to its climactic peak song after song.

On tour with Hot Chip side project New Build, Al Doyle interviews Pat Mahoney on his most memorable moments with LCD Soundsystem and his future endeavours with Museum Of Love.

What was your favourite LCD gig?
Probably the one which I thought was my last ever gig, at the end of the Sound of Silver tour when James said he wasn’t making another record. We played “New York I Love You” and I was totally in tears, just broken down and sobbing, and to add to it James started singing “Al Doyle I Love You” and that was just too much. Never been so mushed up on stage before or since – actually, talking about it now it probably wasn’t my “favourite” gig but it was a singular experience. Watch the performance here.

What is your favourite LCD song?
Gotta be All My Friends, still the best one right? I mean I could go for something more obscure but really why not pick the pinnacle?

What is your favourite LCD lyric?
There are a lot of knowing lyrics that are cool and referential, and I loved seeing people’s reaction to those, but some of the things that were closer to James’ heart seem to hit home with a little more force. “The coffee isn’t even bitter, because what’s the difference?” (from Someone Great) is a trenchant examination of the way grief makes you want to see the transformative in everything, but at one step removed there isn’t anything other than the mundane, and there’s a sadness in that too.

What do you miss most about the LCD days?
Jesus, this is a trip down memory lane isn’t? I feel like you’re coming to see me at the old people’s home, and I’m finishing all the stories with lines like “he’s dead now of course, poor chap” but okay I’ll humour the idea. I miss the experience of injecting something of an american punk rock way of thinking (which I knew nothing about at the start) into some incredibly posh, professional settings.  We never seemed to go about things in a straightforward way, and it was infuriating sometimes, but in retrospect it was pretty thrilling and I’m not sure that there’ll be another band that gets the chance to do some of the things we did.  The money’s not really there anymore.

What do you predict James will do next!?
He’s gonna do the music to a film about coffee.

What should we expect from Museum Of Love’s live show?
Monolithic, immersive dance music that goes on longer, and gets louder than even we expect.

And what should we expect from the album?
Same as the live show but with more attempts at intimacy, not all of it welcome.

What LCD song would best fit into a Museum Of Love set as a cover version?
Ha. I really wouldn’t want to try. Maybe Get Innocuous? We were kind of already a covers band in LCD so it’d definitely be a little too weird to tempt fate again.

What instrument would James play if he was in Museum Of Love?
Dude, that guy can’t really play anything that well, that’s why he hired us! Actually that’s not true, James is a great musician; I’d probably stick him on the timbales though and then position them far away.

What is next for your bands respectively?
A brief hiatus while we’re rudely interrupted by a stupid old Hot Chip album and tour.

Catch them LIVE at Fortune Sound Club alongside New Build on December 9th!

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