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Thurston Moore Group
Saturday 22 July 2023
Mono / Monorail Music, 12 Kings Court, Glasgow G1 5RB
Thurston Moore started Sonic Youth in 1980. Since then 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.
With Sonic Youth, Moore turned on an entire generation to the value of experimentation in rock n roll – from its inspiration 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.
Thurston records and performs in a cavalcade of disciplines ranging from free improvisation to acoustic composition to black/white metal/noise disruption. He has worked with Yoko Ono, John Zorn, Bobby Gillespie, David Toop, Cecil Taylor, Faust, Glenn Branca and many others.
Presently he performs and records solo, with various ensembles and in his own band, The Thurston Moore Group (with mbv’s Deb Googe). In 2014, the band released THE BEST DAY (Matador) which critics described as “optimistic and sun-drenched in beauty” and “[has] experimental attitude dovetailed with instantly accessible pop melodies.” THE BEST DAY was a record defined by positivity and radical love.
In 2017, Thurston Moore Group’s released a full-length album, ROCK N ROLLCONSCIOUSNESS which was recorded in The Church studios in London with producer Paul Epworth. The songs are expansive, anthemic and exploratory with lyrics that investigate and herald the love between angels, goddess mysticism and a belief in healing through new birth.
His latest work from his seventh solo full-length album BY THE FIRE was described as “mesmerising” (Rolling Stone) and “Righteous” (The Independent). Released on 25 September 2020, Thurston offers songs as “flames of rainbow energy, where the power of love becomes our call. These are love songs in a time where creativity is our dignity, our demonstration against the forces of oppression.”
R.AGGS is an exceptionally prolific virtuoso of euphoric post-punk, has achieved international acclaim with their collaborative projects Trash Kit, Shopping and Sacred Paws.
“The music that drew me into playing electric guitar was riot grrrl and feminist punk and queercore, this music that was full of confrontation but also pride, and I needed that as a quite scrappy, shy person. I needed to create a space for myself that was empowered and strong and loud. Getting up on stage was very, very cathartic.” – Ray Aggs
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