Hailed as one of Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest Guitarist Thurston Moore has been creating music since the late 70s and is back with a new album and tour that has the fans crying over spilled milk. The avant-post-punk artist has been a part of over ten other bands, is a publisher, an educator, a poet and somehow found the time to release the 5-track Rock N Roll Consciousness album this year. With members of Sonic Youth and My Bloody Valentine on his side, the Constellation Room at The Observatory would never be the same after The Thurston Moore Group came to town.
With an influence ranging from Andy Warhol to Allen Ginsberg, Moore has captured a particular experimental sound that travels with him no matter what band or group he collaborates with. He and former ex-Sonic Youth member (and ex-wife) even joined forces with Yoko Ono on YOKOKIMTHURSTON, released in 2012. The over-modified and unusual tuning of guitars mixed with droning distortion has been a staple in the type of work produced by Moore over these past few decades. The evolution of Thurston Moore’s songwriting is unyielding as he administers new tweaks and tones to his guitar sound with each release. At The Constellation Room, the fans were ever-present to receive a healthy dose of earsplitting rock.
The show began with the latest track off Rock N Roll Consciousness titled “Cease Fire” with My Bloody Valentine’s bassist, Debbie Googe, former Sonic Youth drummer (Steve Shelley) and guitarist James Sedwards backing The Thurston Moore Group. The ferocious riffs from both Moore and Sedward bounced off each other as they took turns battling the forces of nature to produce galactic sounds from their axes. The saturation of sweat and bruises on Moore’s signature Fender guitar echoed throughout the room as the anticipation for the next note had the crowd on edge. Moore even took the time to wish everyone a happy Mother’s Day. “Everyday is Mother’s Day on mother Earth. You don’t disrespect and don’t devalue your mother. Otherwise you’re a chump.” The sage-like advice from Moore was noted by the crowd as the band sprang into action with the dreary and macabre track, “Smoke of Dreams.”
Though many fans hope for a Sonic Youth de-hiatus, the one thing for sure is that Thurston Moore has no definition when it comes creating the art. A driving punch of creativity, experimentation and originality, Thurston Moore has his eyes set on the future with his latest release and an extensive tour that will reach Europe this summer. For those who want to rock, this is the show for you.