Sonic Youth Hint At Split

Sonic Youth's guitarist Lee Ranaldo has suggested that the band will no longer play live or record new music.

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Sonic Youth's guitarist Lee Ranaldo has suggested that the band will no longer play live or record new music.

Ranaldo's comments follow news that Thurston Moore and Kim Gordon have ended their marriage after 27 years.

Speaking to Rolling Stone, Ranaldo said: "I'm feeling optimistic about the future no matter what happens at this point. I mean, every band runs its course. 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 added: "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 [solo] project that kind of came about on its own. 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 split]. That was completely weird."

Thanks for the report to Gigwise.com.

12 comments sorted by best / new / date

    Pagan_Poetry
    No. This can't happen. Not yet. It would be a terrible ending to the legacy of a brilliant band.
    RedDevil07
    I really hope this doesn't happen. One of the very few bands that have been going for 30 years and are still releasing great music.
    crystalmonday80
    nooooo this really bums me out since they are one of my favorite bands. i havent even seen them live yet...
    Rebel_Onslaught
    Pagan_Poetry wrote: No. This can't happen. Not yet. It would be a terrible ending to the legacy of a brilliant band.
    hahahahahahahaha im drinking to this, one more crap band out of the way
    pinheadslts75
    Here's an idea: Just kick Kim Gordon out. What the **** does she even do for them anymore? Play single note guitar lines and moan into a microphone?
    TaV0
    This is sad, I expected much more from then, I love their music and consider them one of my earliest influences, Sonic Youth has been the number one reason I play guitar. Also, I no longer believe in true love. Those guys were such a great love/rock story!
    FlyingPirahna
    I'm curious as to just what the hell happened between those two to break them up after 27 years, end the band, and essentially, their careers.
    TaV0
    Rebel_Onslaught wrote: hahahahahahahaha im drinking to this, one more crap band out of the way
    You're quite a moronic c_unt, aren't you? Bet you don't even know who Sonic Youth is and what they have done to open and explore new scopes for music.