Sonic Youth are looking to regroup later this year and start writing new material, some of which might be in a new direction for the band. Speaking recently with NME, Thurston Moore said that the band is taking a break because they wanted to regenerate and things had became a little business as usual.
In the meantime, Thurston is out touring around in support of his new Beck-produced album Demolished Thoughts. Later this year, Sonic Youth can refocus on what's next for the band.
“We’ll just gather and see what happens. We made the decision to have a good solid year of not doing too much as a band. We really decided to put the brakes on the juggernaut that was the band. We’d pretty much reached this decision before the gig we played on New Year’s Eve."
He went on to say that the Sonic Youth approach was starting to feel formulaic, and hinted that they could be looking for a fresh angle.
"We just wanted to regenerate. I like doing shows like New Year’s Eve where we just play a catalogue of what we do but at the same time I feel [when we do this] that people have decoded us."
“It’s like they know what we’re about, like there isn’t a question mark hanging over the audience any more. Like they’ve figured it out and they appreciate it. That's totally fine and those gigs are totally fine but they’re also a bit business as usual and that kind of turns me off a little bit. So I wanted to back away from that for a while and do other work.”