The Best Day, Thurston Moore’s first solo record since 2010’s Demolished Thoughts, will be released on October 20th, 2014 on Matador Records.
Backed by James Sedwards of Nought (guitar), Deb Googe of My Bloody Valentine (bass) and Steve Shelley of Sonic Youth (drums), the album radiates with both his signature thrashing electric guitars as well as blissful 12-string acoustic ballads.
The Thurston Moore Band will be playing dates in the UK, Europe and North America, including Riot Fest in Chicago and Toronto as well as a West coast run with Sebadoh. See all tour dates below.
They recently played an impromptu show at the London’s Café Oto. Uncut magazine had this to say about the live performance of The Best Day, “The album – which is due out in October – is excellent, and these live versions are muscular and digressive. Great songs, and a sense that Moore has found fresh inspiration in N16 with his latest, formidable accomplices.”
Thurston Moore has been at the forefront of the alternative rock scene since that particular sobriquet was first used to signify any music that challenged and defied the mainstream standard. He is the founder of Sonic Youth, the band that turned on an entire generation to the value of experimentation in rock n' roll. From its influence on a nascent Nirvana, to Sonic Youth’s own Daydream Nation album being chosen by the US Library of Congress for historical preservation in the National Recording Registry in 2006, the band’s importance in rock history is undeniable.
Moore records and performs in a cavalcade of disciplines ranging from free improvisation to acoustic composition to black/white metal/noise disruption. Alongside his various activities in the musical world, he is involved with publishing and poetry, and teaches writing annually at Naropa University, Boulder CO, a school founded by Allen Ginsberg and Anne Waldman in 1974.
Pre-order The Best Day on iTunes, Amazon, and Matador (USA).
The Best Day Track Listing:
1. Speak To The Wild
4. The Best Day
7. Grace Lake
8. Germs Burn
The Thurston Moore Band 2014 Tour:
21-- Portugal -- Parades De Coura Festival
23 -- Pully-Laussane, Switzerland -- For Noise Festival
24 -- Paris, France -- Rock en Seine
29 -- Birmingham, UK -- Moseley Folk Festival (12 string performance)
4 -- Raleigh, NC -- Hopscotch Music Festival
7 -- Toronto, ON -- Riot Fest
14 -- Chicago, IL -- Riot Fest
14 -- Chicago, IL -- Riot Fest after show @ Double Door w/ Mudhoney
2 -- Portland, OR -- Doug Fir
3 -- Vancouver, BC -- Biltmore Cabaret *
4 -- Seattle, WA -- Neumo's *
7 -- San Francisco, CA -- Great American Music Hall *
8 -- Santa Cruz, CA -- The Catalyst Atrium *
9 -- Santa Barbara, CA -- Soho Restaurant & Music Club *
10 -- Los Angeles, CA -- Echoplex *
11 -- Santa, Ana, CA -- Constellation Room *
21 -- Brooklyn, NY -- St. Vitus *
22 -- Cambridge, MA -- The Sinclair *
23 -- Hamden, CT -- The Ballroom at The Outer Space *
24 -- Pawtucket, RI -- The Met *
25 -- Philadelphia, PA -- Boot & Saddle *
26 -- Brooklyn, NY -- Rough Trade NYC *
*Sebadoh Support from October 3 through October 11*