Like me, I’m sure many of you are wondering, “Where the hell is Sonic Youth?” Following the announcement of the band’s hiatus in 2011 (after the marriage split between Kim Gordon and Thurston Moore), we’ve not seen much of the classic New York alternative rockers since 2009′s The Eternal, but we have heard that the band did some shows in South America recently.
But what’s really going on, since the band is on “hiatus” and not split up? What can we Yankees expect to hear soon? Lucky for you, we have the deets.
Guitarist Lee Ranaldo talked to BBC Radio 5 in a video interview earlier this summer about plans Sonic Youth has made so far to get some content out.
Ranaldo said the band will soon finish editing a tour film from 1986, sorting through live audio from 1985 for release, as well as new content such as unheard demos from 1987′s Sister and a collection of also unheard film music the band collaborated on.
Apparently there’s also audio from a 1980 performance with Iggy Pop the band is hoping to release as well.
In the meantime, Ranaldo said everyone in the band is on good terms with each other and are knocking out details of their future, but that talking about new shows and new recordings is a “tender issue.”
Kim Gordon is also collaborating with Vampire Belt guitarist Bill Nace under the name Body/Head, and is currently working on a record. (See them live below).
But it seems that the band is still holding on to the possibility of a comeback, so don’t give up quite yet, Sonic Youth fans.
Check out Ranaldo’s interview below, along with his performance of “Off the Wall.”