An interview with Sonic Youth axeman Lee Ranaldo was published today on Rolling Stone’s website. After the announcement of bandmates’ Thurston Moore and Kim Gordon’s separation in October, many have speculated that this would be the end of Sonic Youth. And from reading Ranaldo’s interview, the future of Sonic Youth — as a touring, recording entity — could be a grim one for some fans.
“Every band runs its course,” Ranaldo told Rolling Stone. “We’ve been together way longer than any of us ever imagined would happen and it’s been for the most part an incredibly pleasurable ride. There’s still a lot of stuff we’re going to continue to do. There’s tons and tons of archival projects and things like that that are still going on, so there are so many ways in which we are tied to each other for the future both musically and in other ways.”
Ranaldo is releasing his ninth album on March 20, titled Between the Times and the Tides. The album will be released on Matador Records, and the guitarist said it came from working on songs for a one-off acoustic show in France.
“I’m just happy right now to let the future take its course and I guess I’m kind of thankful that I’ve got this other project that kind of came about on its own,” Ranaldo said in the interview. “It wasn’t kind of like, well, ‘Oh the band is ending for a while and I’ve got to figure out what to do.’ It kind of naturally happened in the course of things so that was a nice way for that to come about. I played my first show the day after Kim and Thurston announced [their separation.] That was completely weird.”
You can read more about Moore and Gordon’s separation here, and check out the announcement for Ranaldo’s album at his Matador page. Meanwhile, Moore is on a European solo tour. You can see the details here. The last show the band played was in Sao Paulo, Brazil, which you can watch below via luisleema’s YouTube.