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Lee Ranaldo discusses potential Sonic Youth reunion

Sonic Youth guitarist Lee Ranaldo has been discussing the chances of the band reforming as part of a new interview.

The band, who formed in 1981, announced the split in 2011 after the group’s founding members and marital couple Kim Gordon and Thurston Moore confirmed their divorce.

The last conversation about a potential reunion was in 2014 when Moore said: “Sonic Youth is on hiatus. The band is a democracy of sorts, and as long as Kim and I are working out our situation, the band can’t really function reasonably.”

Now, as Moore, Ranaldo and Gordon all work on their current solo projects, Ranaldo was drawn into a conversation about a potential Sonic Youth comeback when he said: “Your guess is as good as mine,” when asked if he has an update on the situation by NME. “I don’t think anybody’s thinking about it at the moment.”

“Within a period of four months, Thurston, Kim and I are releasing new records and pushing into new directions. But I’d never say never. It was a special time.”

Ranaldo continued: “I’d hope if we got together, we’d have forgotten how to play the old songs and just say: ‘Fuck it, let’s make new music instead’. That would be my preference rather than just trying to re-learn how to play ‘Teen Age Riot’.”

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