Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore Releases First Single With New Band
Sonic Youth fans were in a tizzy in November when rock's longtime king and queen, Thurston Moore and Kim Gordon, announced they were getting a divorce after 27 years of marriage. But just because Sonic Youth is now on an "indefinite hiatus" doesn't mean the music is going to stop.
Moore introduced new band Chelsea Light Moving on Friday (June 22), and the group -- which includes guitarist Keith Wood, bassist Samara Lubelski and drummer John Moloney -- debuted its new single "Burroughs." Listen below.
Inspired by novelist William S. Burroughs, the track is reminiscent of Moore's former alternative rock band, and exactly what fans would expect from a Sonic Youth follow-up. Full of sludgey, ascending guitars, a crawling bassline and bratty vocals, "Burroughs" is all power.
Chelsea Light Moving is expected to release another punk-fueled track next week, and an album on Matador Records is already in the works.
The group will be playing a trio of concerts in the next week, starting with a June 24 show at the Top Hat in Missoula, Mont. Sets at the Boulder Theater in Boulder, Colo. (June 27) and the Larimer Lounge in Denver (June 29) will follow.
And despite the divorce, Moore is also working on a new project with his ex-wife, as reported earlier this week. He and Gordon collaborated with Yoko Ono on an EP, "YOKOKIMTHURSTON," to be released Sept. 25. The single for that album, "Early In The Morning," is out now.