It’s official: Thurston Moore is back. The Sonic Youth singer/guitarist will release his new solo album The Best Day on October 21 via Matador Records (you can pre-order via iTunes, Amazon or the label).
The title track, which you can hear below, also heralds a return of sorts, leaning toward brawny intensity after 2011′s low-key, Beck-produced Demolished Thoughts. “And here’s a man with a lust for life / He lives for now on the edge of a knife / And you know he doesn’t like to be cut,” Moore sings in his familiar deadpan.
According to Matador, The Best Day includes Moore’s “signature thrashing electric guitars as well as blissful 12-string acoustic ballads.” He’s backed by guitarist James Sedwards (Nought), bassist Deb Googe (My Bloody Valentine) and drummer Steve Shelley (Sonic Youth). They’re also going on tour with him, accompanied for several dates by Sebadoh.
Hear “The Best Day” below, and scroll down for the cover art, tracklist and tour dates.
Thurston Moore, The Best Day (October 21, Matador Records)
1. Speak to the Wild
4. The Best Day
7. Grace Lake
8. Germs Burn
Thurston Moore Band tour dates:
8/21 Portugal – Parades De Coura Festival
8/23 Pully-Laussane, Switzerland – For Noise Festival
8/24 Paris, France – Rock en Seine
8/29 Birmingham, UK – Moseley Folk Festival (12-string performance)
9/4 Raleigh, NC – Hopscotch Music Festival
9/7 Toronto, ON – Riot Fest
9/14 Chicago, IL – Riot Fest
9/14 Chicago, IL – Riot Fest after show @ Double Door (with Mudhoney)
10/2 Portland, OR – Doug Fir
10/3 Vancouver, BC – Biltmore Cabaret *
10/4 Seattle, WA – Neumo’s *
10/7 San Francisco, CA – Great American Music Hall *
10/8 Santa Cruz, CA – The Catalyst Atrium *
10/9 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 supporting