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Holy Toreador! Sonic Youth Sign With Matador Records


By: Spacelab Research Staff


Brothers and sisters from the old school Sonic Youth and Matador Records have worked out an agreement for Matador to release a new album from the band sometime next year.


Sonic Youth had just finshed up their contractual obligation to Universal Music Group, and were looking to move to a label that could work the angles for the type of music they create. They felt that UMG were limited in their approach, so this time around the band wanted a label that work all of the relevent components, like distribution and promotion, through all of the right channels.


"Matador is a super strong, high-profile label with an indie distribution system that is exactly what a band like us in this current climate needs more than anything," said Thurston Moore when speaking to Billboard.


"The last two or three albums, I focused on making concise, avant-garde pop/rock songs that had some accessibility factor. But Universal wasn't really able to work them beyond critics."


Sonic Youth has a few songs written and will do the actual studio recording for the album this Fall.


Matador Records was ecstatic to have signed the band, saying that Sonic Youth had been a driving influence on the label and a lot of its bands.


"While Sonic Youth’s status as one of the more innovative and influential bands of the past 30 years needs little explanation, the group’s most recent recordings for Geffen — 2006’s ‘Rather Ripped’ being their final for the label — rank amongst the current decade’s best. For Matador, the opportunity to work in partnership with a group who’ve made such an profound impact on our roster/hometown/collective consciousness was one to jump at," they said on Matablog.

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