The Best Day, Thurston Moore’s first solo record since 2010’s Demolished Thoughts, will be released on October 21, 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 Europe, UK, 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. The UK’s Uncut 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.
The Thurston Moore Band Fall 2014 Tour:
08/21– Portugal — Parades De Coura Festival
08/23 — Pully-Laussane, Switzerland — For Noise Festival
08/24 — Paris, France — Rock en Seine
08/29 — Birmingham, UK — Moseley Folk Festival (12 string performance)
09/04 — Raleigh, NC — Hopscotch Music Festival
09/07 — Toronto, ON — Riot Fest
09/14 — Chicago, IL — Riot Fest
09/14 — Chicago, IL — Riot Fest after show @ Double Door w/ Mudhoney
10/02 — Portland, OR — Doug Fir
10/03 — Vancouver, BC — Biltmore Cabaret
10/04 — Seattle, WA — Neumo’s
10/07 — San Francisco, CA — Great American Music Hall
10/08 — Santa Cruz, CA — The Catalyst Atrium
10/09 — Santa Barbara, CA — Soho Restaurant & Music Club
10/10 — Los Angeles, CA — Echoplex
10/11 — Santa, Ana, CA — Constellation Room
10/21 — Brooklyn, NY — St. Vitus
10/22 — Cambridge, MA — The Sinclair
10/23 — Hamden, CT — The Ballroom at The Outer Space
10/24 — Pawtucket, RI — The Met
10/25 — Philadelphia, PA — Boot & Saddle
10/26 — Brooklyn, NY — Rough Trade NYC
**Sebadoh Support from October 3 through October 11**