Sonic Youth Strolls Down 'Murray Street'
Sonic Youth has set a June 4 release date for its new DGC/Interscope album, "Murray Street." The seven-track set is named after the location of the long-running New York rock outfit's downtown recordiSonic Youth has set a June 4 release date for its new DGC/Interscope album, "Murray Street." The seven-track set is named after the location of the long-running New York rock outfit's downtown recording studio, which was in close proximity to the site of the former World Trade Center. "The sessions have taken on an urgency that should come across in the final mixes," the band wrote on its official Web site earlier this year.
Guitarist Thurston Moore sings on "Radical Adults Lick Godhead Style," "Rain on Tin," opener "The Empty Page" and "Disconnection Notice," the latter two of which were unveiled at a New York benefit show last fall. Bassist Kim Gordon handles vocals on "Plastic Sun" and closer "Sympathy for the Strawberry," while guitarist Lee Ranaldo takes the mic on "Karen Revisited."
"Murray Street," which is due June 5 in Japan and June 11 in Europe, is the first Sonic Youth album to feature multi-instrumentalist Jim O'Rourke as a full member. O'Rourke first collaborated with Sonic Youth on 1998's "Invito al Cielo" EP, and went on to produce and play on the group's last studio album, 2000's "NYC Ghosts & Flowers."
"It has become their joke, that they can't do anything until I show up," he tells Billboard.com with a laugh. "I think it's their excuse so they can be a little lazier -- they can have a second coffee or something."
Sonic Youth will tour Europe from mid-June through mid-July, and will return to North America for a full slate of shows in August. The band is also eyeing dates in Japan, and, as previously reported, is planning expanded reissues of its "Daydream Nation" (1988), "Goo" (1990), and "Dirty" (1992) albums. No release date has yet been finalized.