New Psychedelic Noise Rock Album from Sonic Youth

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New album from Sonic Youth is out and it’s a psychedelic noise rock masterpiece! Get the inside scoop on all the tracks and what inspired them.


Sonic Youth is back with a brand new album, and it’s sure to get heads nodding. The band has always had a knack for pushing the boundaries of rock music, and their latest album is no exception. “Psychedelic Noise Rock” is a perfect title for this record, as it truly captures the unique sound that Sonic Youth has been perfecting for over 30 years. If you’re a fan of mind-bending rock music, then this album is definitely for you.

Background and context

Sonic Youth is an American rock band from New York City, formed in 1981. The band is composed of guitarist Thurston Moore, drummer Kim Gordon, bassist Mark Ibold (who replaced original bassist Justin Wells in 2006) and guitarist Lee Ranaldo. Since 1991, Sonic Youth has been on hiatus several times, the longest being a five-year break between 1998 and 2003. During this time, Moore and Ranaldo both released solo albums and Gordon formed the noise rock band Free Kitten with female musician Julie Cafritz. Sonic Youth have beenSIGNED TO GEffen Records since their first album Confusion Is Sex in 1983; the band’s current label isMatador Records, which they signed to in 1992 before leaving DGC Records.

The group is considered to be one of the founders of the alternative rock music genre, helping to pioneer a new wave of American independent music in the 1980s often labeled as “no Wave”. In their early career Sonic Youth was associated with the No Wave music scene in New York City. Partially because of this association, Entertainment Weekly included four of the band’s studio albums—Sonic Youth (1982), EVOL (1986), Sister (1987), and Daydream Nation (1988)—in their “100 Greatest Albums Ever Made” list. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2006 by Patti Smith.

The album

The album is the band’s eleventh studio album, and was released on June 9, 1992 by DGC Records. It was produced by Sonic Youth and Nick Launay, and features the band’s first use of then-newly developed alternative rock tunings. The result was a more abrasive and experimental sound that harkened back to their earlier noise rock releases such as Confusion Is Sex and EVOL.

The singles

The two singles from the album, “Supernatural Powers” and “Burning Star”, were both well-received by critics. The former was praised for its catchy hooks and experimental production, while the latter was praised for its more atmospheric sound.

The tour

Sonic Youth will soon be embarking on a tour in support of their new album, Washing Machine. The tour will take them across the United States and Europe.

Dates and venues have not been announced yet, but fans can sign up for the band’s mailing list to be among the first to know when tickets go on sale.


Overall, this album is a great addition to any psychedelic fan’s collection. It has a great mixture of different noise rock styles, and Sonic Youth does a great job of incorporating their own unique sound into each track. If you’re a fan of the band, or if you’re just looking for something new and different to listen to, I would definitely recommend checking this album out.

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