LIVE REVIEW: Thurston Moore Group, Rattle @ Riverside, Newcastle (14.10.19) | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Given his formidable reputation as sonic progenitor in both the domains of popular music and the avant-garde, Thurston Moore has long eschewed the crowd-pleasing demands of your average indie rock guitar player. And tonight proves wonderfully unpredictable.

From Nottingham, female drum duo Rattle face one another across a deconstructed drum kit assemblage. Katharine Brown iterates harmonious vocal interjections, somewhere between the breathy yelps of Ari Up and Björk’s ecstatic lead, whilst Theresa Rigley has eyes-down, embellishing the hypnotic drum assemblage. Their sparse rhythms garner an appreciative reception.

When Moore emerges in black glitter shirt, characteristic mop of auburn hair strewn across his face, he grins an apology for interrupting the Genesis track playing on the PA. Commencing this hour-long performance of Alice Moki Jayne (a recent work honouring Alice Coltrane, Moki Cherry, and Jayne Cortez), Moore’s calm demeanour and stoic presence onstage parallel the sincerity of the composition’s sublimity. A psychedelic time-lapse (reminiscent of Koyaanisqatsi) run on the backscreen, cloaking the assembled group which includes revered MBV bassist Deb Googe. Whilst those in Sonic Youth t-shirts may have left unsatisfied, Moore’s performance conjures a meditative atmosphere in the room; an ephemeral moment of contemplation amidst the madness of the quotidian experience.


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