Sonic Youth‘s Lee Ranaldo has revealed that the band have played their “last shows for a while” and admitted he doesn’t know what the future holds for them.
Last month (Occtober 15), Sonic Youth‘s Kim Gordon and Thurston Moore announced they were separating after 27 years of marriage and sparked rumours that the band could split up, with their label Matador Records admitting they were “uncertain” of their future plans.
Now Ranaldo, who releases his ninth solo LP ‘Between The Times And The Tides’ on March 20, has told Rolling Stone that he does not believe the band will play together again anytime soon.
Speaking after the band’s tour of South America, he said:
It kind of remains to be seen at this point what happens to the future. I think they are certainly the last shows for a while and I guess I’d just leave it at that.
The guitarist went on to add: “I’m feeling optimistic about the future no matter what happens at this point. I mean, every band runs its course.”
He continued: “We’ve been together way longer than any of us ever imagined would happen and it’s been for the most part an incredibly pleasurable ride. There’s still a lot of stuff we’re going to continue to do.”
Before Gordon and Moore announced that their marriage was over, it had been reported that Sonic Youth were intending to meet and discuss recording new material this year. The band released their 16th studio album, ‘The Eternal’, in 2009.