Time: February 01, 2019 19:00
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Thurston Moore Ensemble

DOORS: 7pm

Under the Bridge Presents

Thurston Moore Ensemble

Deb Googe (My Bloody Valentine) on Baritone Bass
James Sedwards on 12-string Electric Guitar
Jen Chochinov on 12-string Electric Guitar
Alex Ward on 12-string Electric Guitar
Jem Doulton Percussion

Special support from:
+WOBBLY (aka Jon Leidecker of Negativland)

£22 advance / £25 on the door

Tickets on sale at 12 noon (GMT) on Monday, January 7, 2019

After an epic symphony premiere featuring twelve 12-string acoustic and twelve 12-string electric guitars at London’s Barbican Centre last year, Sonic Youth founder Thurston Moore brings together an intimate ensemble (baritone bass, three 12-string electric guitars and percussion) to debut new material as well as perform favourite tunes from his critically acclaimed last album Rock n Roll Consciousness for this special one-night only concert UNDER THE BRIDGE.

The evening will begin with a rare set from San Francisco-based electronic wizard WOBBLY, followed by London’s feminist punk trio BIG JOANIE, whose debut album (just released on Thurston’s new label) has been described ’bold, catchy and arresting’ by Rolling Stone.

Doors: 7pm | WOBBLY 8pm | BIG JOANIE 8:45pm | THURSTON MOORE ENSEMBLE 9:35pm

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, David Toop, Cecil Taylor, Faust, Glenn Branca and many
others. His residency at the Louvre in Paris included collaborations with
Irmin Schmidt of CAN. Alongside his various activities in the musical world,
he is involved with publishing and poetry, and teaches writing at Naropa
University, Boulder CO, a school founded by Allen Ginsberg and Anne
Waldman in 1974. Thurston also teaches music at The Rhythmic Music
Conservatory (Rytmisk Musikkonservatorium) in Copenhagen.

Presently he performs and records solo, with various ensembles and in his
own band, The Thurston Moore Group (with mbv’s Deb Googe, Steve
Shelley & James Sedwards). In 2014, the band released The Best Day
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.

The Thurston Moore Group’s latest full-length album, Rock n Roll
Consciousness 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. Ranging from opener
“Exalted”, an unfolding and emotional journey in homage to sacred energy
and exaltation, to “Cusp” a charging, propulsive piece with a feeling of Sonic
Youth mixing in with My Bloody Valentine. “Turn On” is a pop-sonic poem to
holy love both intimate and kosmiche to the contemplative mystery of life-
defining time travel in “Smoke of Dreams”. The record concludes with
“Aphrodite”, a strange and heavy no-wave rocker in salutation to the idol of
love, beauty, pleasure, and procreation.

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