"This isn’t a victory lap or anything."
The James Murphy led-band first shot down reunion rumours last year. Then, out of nowhere, they released a Christmas song, before more speculation started bubbling up that they would reunite for 2016's Coachella. Now that the reunion has been confirmed, Murphy took to Facebook to clarify that they would in fact be touring a full tour on top of Coachella, in addition to releasing a new album.
"We're not just playing Coachella. We're playing all over," Murphy says. "We're not just having some reunion tour. We're releasing a record (sometime this year—still working on it, actually), so this isn't a victory lap or anything, which wouldn’t be of much interest to us. This is just the bus full of substitute teachers back from their coffee break with new music and the same weird gear—or as much of it as we still have (it's very interesting to re-buy the same gear, and in some cases buy gear BACK from people you sold it to), and rambling around trying to be louder than everyone else. Thank fuck we were never skinny and young."
The Facebook statement also details how the reunion happened in the first place, as well as explaining Murphy's initial trepidation around the idea.