Thurston Moore Group at The Wedgewood Rooms, Southsea REVIEW: 'There is prettiness to be found amid the controlled chaos'

‘We’re going to play a song now, but it doesn’t really end, so we might be here a while.’

Monday, 21st October 2019, 9:52 am
Thurston Moore live at The Wedgewood Rooms, Southsea, October 20, 2019. Picture by Paul Windsor

Thurston Moore takes the slightly unusual route of introducing the band and having a quick chat with the audience before a single note of music is even played, because as he admits, there may not be another chance. Moore is a legendary figure in alternative rock for his part in Sonic Youth – the New York band that managed to straddle the worlds of rock and the avant-garde for three decades – and so The Wedge is packed out for this Sunday evening show. This song is Alice Moki Jayne, from his new album Spirit Counsel.

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It’s never going to be in the proverbial ‘whistled by the milkman’ bracket, but there is melody and prettiness to be found amid the controlled chaos.

And it is an awesome experience.