Sonic Youth may be on “indefinite hiatus,” but that hasn’t stopped the band from considering the release of material. Specifically, a big batch of archival stuff is on its way, according to guitarist Lee Ranaldo. He was interviewed by BBC Radio 5’s Sam Huxley and admittied that some classic live audio may see the light of day in the near future.
On the docket is a 1985 live performance, a tour film from 1986, and newfound demos from 1987’s Sister, which could be released as a deluxe reissue. Ranaldo also expressed his wish to issue either audio or video of Sonic Youth’s live rendition of the Stooges’ “I Wanna Be Your Dog” with none other than Iggy Pop guesting on vocals. He says that’s from a memorable London show in the 1980s.
Ranaldo also says the band is working on an interesting idea:
“Sometimes we’ll listen back to [an album, after touring] and barely recognize the songs… because they’ve taken on a new character live. So we thought it would be really cool to find representative recordings from every period in our career, and make new releases that loosely correspond to different records, and let the audience see how the songs shifted or grew or expanded in a live context.”
He’s reportedly still “on good terms and talking with everyone” in the band, “but there’s definitely a lot of stuff shaking out right now.” There’s no telling if or when Sonic Youth will get back together, but individual members are busy with other projects: Thurston Moore has his new group Chelsea Light Moving and bassist Kim Gordon is performing with a noise band called Body/Head, which is working on a record. [P4K]