If you know anything about music, then undoubtedly you've heard the legendary alternative rock band, Sonic Youth, formed in the early '80s by Thurston Moore
and Kim Gordon. Thats pretty much all I can say about them. Dont get fired up about my lack of Sonic Youth-ness. I have nothing against them and I respect what they have accomplished. They just were never my thing.
Last Sunday I was presented the opportunity to catch Thurston Moore as a solo rendition at Rough Trade in Brooklyn. I said to myself - Why not? Could be fun or could be torture, but thats what so great about music. You can spend some time figuring out what you like and dislike. Thurston Moore is a name and I know one heck of a guitar player so I was down to check it out.
Rough Trade is a small venue, its actually very chill and very cool to see music live, (another check off the bucket list). Thurston just released his latest solo album called The Best Day
. I gave it a quick listen and said, this isn't that bad. It features James Sewards on guitar, Deb Googe on bass and Sonic Youth drummer Steve Shelley. The album not only compliments Thurstons past with SY, but primarily restores his creative passion that was very much alive in SY.
The band arrived on stage with no bells or whistles, They just plugged in started playing. Now, what songs were they playing? I have no freaking clue, but guess what? I didnt hate it or think it was torture. The chemistry the four of them had was like they had been playing for years. Thurtson can wail on a guitar for sure and each song felt like one long guitar solo with heavy pounding beats behind him.
To sum up what I heard that night, someone from the audience shouted, That was fucking awesome Thurston Did he acknowledge? No, he just started playing the next song. Did I have any idea? No - But it was a rock start moment..Just plug in and play.