With a new album under his belt in the shape of Spirit Counsel, Thurston Moore has been exploring a more Avant-Garde/instrumental side of his repertoire. This latest offering featuring just three tracks, each of which is between 30 to 60 minutes in duration.
Now, these types of songs were never built for mainstream radio consumption. Of course, Thurston Moore has seen huge success throughout his career and as such is making music that fulfils his artistic and creative needs.
Following a brief hello to the Riverside Newcastle crowd, and an apology for interrupting the Genesis song playing over the in house PA, the US-based alt-rock pioneer sets to task introducing his genre-defying latest sound. Armed with his Fender twelve-string guitar and joined by a four-piece backing band, collectively they take the Tyneside crowd on an approximately 65-minute instrumental trip via the piece Alice Moki Jayne.
Each artist locked in, and at the top of their game. With just a wink and a nod between them as they shift and change gear. Even how the artists are positioned onstage is intriguing. They are facing one another as if in a practice room, watching and reading each other’s movements. And thus viewing the show from the crowd you gain an almost voyeuristic perspective into the inner workings of the Thurston Moore Group.
Moore is joined onstage by amongst others Debbie Googe (My Bloody Valentine), James Sedwards (This Is Not This Heat), and drummer Steve Shelley (Sonic Youth).
Moore’s latest compositions could work just as well as a movie score. And as such the whole show is accompanied by visual projections including images of the moon and space which fit the performance to a tee.
Without room for pause, there is no talking but rather Moore and co prefer to let their music do the talking and play straight through. We must remember that language in evolutionary terms is still a relatively new concept and so this instrumental approach to song is also a fascinating means of conveying feelings and emotions without words.
During the 65 minute instrumental, the performance ebbs and flows from gentle ambient sounds and rhythms, space-age electronic elements, to an all-out thunderous fuzz fuelled, feedback inducing alt-rock attack. The packed out Riverside Newcastle crowd are transfixed throughout.
Now it would have been easy for Thurston Moore to turn up and play a selection of his greatest hits both solo or from his time with Sonic Youth, but tonight was never going to be about the past. As an artist, you’ve always got to keep pushing forward to keep things interesting for yourself and your fans alike.
Event Date: 14-Oct-2019