Jasmine Darlington-Rielly | 16 December 2015

ABOUT THE WRITER: Jasmine Darlington-Rielly is a music writer, collector of records and comic books who follows pop culture and multicultural cuisine.

It’s not often that you get to be in the same room as members from three 90s alternative rock royalty bands, but that’s exactly what punters got when Thurston Moore along with former Sonic Youth bandmate Steve Shelley on drums, My Bloody Valentine bassist Debbie Googe and Nought guitarist James Sedwards took to the stage from the Woolly Mammoth Alehouse for a small and intimate show. In the three years since Thurston Moore last graced our fair city, he has released two full length albums, numerous EPs and collaborations, and is currently working on a new album due out next year. It was hard to know just exactly what material we could expect. 

A few people were milling around for supporting band of the night, Melbourne post-punk outfit Gold Class. Gold Class have had a great year, playing packed out LP launches across Australia including a show at The Foundry  three days before and passing through Brisbane in support of post-punk heroes The Fall only a month ago. Fronting the band and dressed all in black, singer Adam Curley has a powerful and commanding stage presence and sounds like a vague mix of Ian Curtis and Morrissey crooning over the top of the beautifully jagged almost neurotic guitar and well timed rhythm section. As they finished their powerfully minimalist set, an excited murmur filled the room with people exclaiming, “who was that band?!”

After a brief interlude, the crowd’s attention was brought front and centre once more as Thurston and Co took to the stage. They launched straight into ‘Forevermore’ then into fast-paced and more upbeat ‘Into the Wild’ and ‘Germ Burn. The material of the night’s set was mostly drawn from Thurston’s most recent album ‘The Best Day’. He threw in a curve ball once in a while by performing songs from forthcoming album ‘Rock And Roll Consciousness’ which also included ‘Turn On’, a psych-rock song apparently written earlier that day. In-between songs and with his signature deadpan delivery, Thurston described the band’s day, from hugging koalas to realising it was his new spirit animal. Extended instrumental jams punctuated the set, along with tracks with slow-build introductions that took up to ten minutes to completely unfold. Thurston and Co exited briefly to rapturous cheers and applause, returning soon after to play alt-punk ‘Psychic Hearts’ from his solo debut of the same name, as an encore. It was exactly what one would expect from former Sonic Youth and My Bloody Valentine members.

Photographer: Phil Sharp

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