Thurston Moore‘s new band Thurston Moore UK are set to support Lee Ranaldo And The Dust at London’s Garage venue on November 21.
Lee Ranaldo And The Dust are made up of Ranaldo, Alan Licht, Steve Shelley and Tim Luntzel. They released their new album ‘Last Night On Earth’ last month. Following the London show, the band play All Tomorrow’s Parties festival at Camber Sands Pontins on November 22. Moore and Ranaldo were both members of Sonic Youth, who went on hiatus in 2011, following the split of formerly married members Kim Gordon and Thurston Moore.
Last month Ranaldo hosted a ‘guitar clinic’ at the Other Music store in Manhattan, New York. The event consisted of a half-hour long demonstration of experimental guitar techniques, followed by a question and answer session with the audience, who packed into the East Village shop.
The event took place to promote Ranaldo’s 10th solo album and saw Ranaldo playing an extended version of the album’s opening track ‘Lecce, Leaving’. The song featured a half-hour jam session, during which Ranaldo strung the guitar from a bungee chord on the ceiling and swung it about the room, playing the strings with a violin bow and hitting the back of it with a drumstick. He also rubbed the neck of his guitar against a fan’s guitar and used an array of effects and delay pedals. Ranaldo told the crowd that the event was to show the “range of possibilities for the guitar”.
Ranaldo said the performance was partially inspired by his friend, the late Lou Reed, and his 1975 solo album, ‘Metal Machine Music’. “I was thinking about him a lot during that, because it was very ‘Metal Machine Music’,” he said after the song.