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REVIEW: Thurston Moore Group - Live at Rough Trade New York

REVIEW: Thurston Moore Group - Live at Rough Trade New York

By: Andrea
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A review of the Thurston Moore Group Live at Rough Trade New York .

 

Following the demise of his former band, seminal alternative rockers Sonic Youth, Thurston Moore remained remarkably active, recording with a plethora of interesting acts, releasing one of his best received solo albums to date (The Best Day, 2014) as well as penning “Stereo Sanctity”, a book featuring poems and lyrics. On April 28th, Thurston Moore graced the stage of NYC’s Rough Trade location with the same line up appearing on “The Best Day”, featuring former Sonic Youth drummer Steve Shelley, bassist Debbie Googe (formerly of My Bloody Valentine) as well as guitarist James Sedwards.

 

The stage aesthetics were absolutely bare, with no aesthetic quirk other than some subtle projections behind the band – to be fair, very few visuals are needed when a band’s able to create such vivid sonic tapestry. The music began softly and organically, with the beautiful metallic rattles that only Jazzmaster guitars can really pull off, creating a free-form introduction along with Shelley’s cymbals and Googe’s bass harmonics. The intro suddenly transformed into the introduction of “Speak To The Wild”, the first track on “The Best Day”. The song was played slightly slower than on the album, making for a deeper groove and a dream-like atmosphere. This track, enriched with extended jams ranging from melodic drones to atonal chord clusters and uncontrollable feedback, paved the way to the ethics of the entire performance. Thurston Moore & co barely talked to the audience, focusing instead of filling the space with a long set-list featuring mostly material from Moore’s aforementioned solo effort, as well as classics the likes of Ono Soul and new tracks such as Exalted.

 

The chemistry of the band was truly incredible: no gimmicks, just pure and unadulterated sound. The environment was so intimate that it was easy to forget I was 20 centimeters away from one of the most influential musicians in the history of alternative music.

 

 

Thurston Moore Group - Live at Rough Trade New York


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