Review and photographs by Kirsten Ferguson. See more of Kirsten’s photos from this show here.
Although Sonic Youth fans are still waiting for an update on the future status of the band – after the marital split between bassist Kim Gordon and guitarist Thurston Moore – there’s been plenty of music lately to enjoy from SY-related projects.
Moore brought his great, wistful acoustic solo album “Demolished Thoughts” to Club Helsinki in January, and Sonic Youth guitarist Lee Ranaldo also has an excellent new solo release: “Between the Times and the Tide,” which brings to mind some of his best Sonic Youth compositions (“Mote,” ‘Wish Fulfillment,” ‘Eric’s Trip”). NOTE: Renaldo will also be opening for Wilco at Brewery Ommegang in Cooperstown on Saturday, July 28.
And lest we think the resolution of Sonic Youth’s on-hold status rests on the ability of Moore and Gordon to share a room or stage together, the pair just announced that they’re releasing a collaborative album with Yoko Ono in September called “YOKOKIMTHURSTON.”
Not to be outdone in the side-project department, Sonic Youth drummer Steve Shelley appeared at Valentine’s back in April for a well-attended WCDB-sponsored show with Disappears, a group he joined in 2011 but that started in Chicago in 2008.
The four-piece – including vocalist/guitarist Brian Case (90 Day Men/The Ponys), guitarist Jonathan Van Herik and bassist Damon Carruesco – played mostly tracks from their somewhat inscrutable but catchy 2012 release, “Pre Language.”
In a set of trance-inducing, damaged art punk driven by Shelley’s propulsive drumming and Case’s clipped and detached Mark-E.-Smith vocals, highlights included “Replicate,” with its factory-floor, mechanical beat and droning Sonic Youth “Death Valley ‘69” feel, the hypnotic “Fear of Darkness,” an ominous cover of Suicide’s “Radiation” and the reverb-laden, guitar-squalling closer “Brother Joliene.”
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Fear of Darkness