Why the indie band never dies: fake breakups, permanent adolescence and cash comebacks

Do bands such as LCD Soundsystem ever split up – or is ‘quitting’ just the first stage of a long, tactical manoeuvre?

The last 15 years in music have made over-enthused geeks of us all. Fans carp and applaud every time a group of people who haven’t hung out for a while decide to hang out again, enthralled by the mere act of reunion. Recently, however, the trend has accelerated. Bands are reuniting after just a few years apart, and embark on a huge “final” tour before they go; a chance for a long, profitable goodbye.

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