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SYR 8 Will Hurt Your Ears!
April 10, 2008
The CD-only release of SYR 8 features a live recording that took place in the 2005 Roskilde Festival in Denmark and was billed as 'The other Side of Sonic Youth'. For this special event the Japanese laptop noise monger Masami Akita a.k.a. Merzbow and Swedish free jazz saxophonist/reeds player Mats Gustafsson joined the five-piece Sonic Youth. The one hour of improvised music was divided into 5-minute intervals and participants joined and exited during each interval.
The CD will be out on August 4th and in the meantime you can pre order a copy
of SYR 7 in the Sonic Youth store.
Sonic Youth, initially comprising of guitarist / vocalists Thurston Moore and Lee Ranaldo, guitarist / bassist / vocalist Kim Gordon and drummer Richard Edson, were formed in New York City in 1981. A product of the No-Wave music scene of the late 1970s, the group had their roots in abrasive, experimental music, with Moore and Ranaldo having previously worked with the experimental composer Glenn Branca. The band were joined in 1985 by drummer Steve Shelley, and have now recorded 14 albums together, as well as many side and solo projects. Their work has been consistently challenging and innovative, and they are widely regarded as one of the most intriguing and influential bands of their time.
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