Thurston Moore spoke about the lingering pain from his split with wife and Sonic Youth bandmate Kim Gordon, as well as his current relationship with Eva Prinz in a new interview with The Fly.
“I’m involved in a really sweet relationship and it really does make me happy, it truly does,” Moore said. “But I’ll always have that experience of sadness that a separation brings, especially one that was as important, not just to me, but everybody around us. There have been some fall-outs, but that’s to be expected. It’s pretty heavy.”
Moore kept mum on the more private details about the split, including the nature of his relationship with Prinz while still married to Gordon. In an interview with Elle last year, Gordon said their marriage “ended in a kind of normal way – midlife crisis, starstruck woman.” While he didn’t comment specifically on Gordon’s interview, Moore said that the two do not tell each other what they can and can’t say, and that it comes down to what they each choose to divulge.
“I’ve had some life issues,” Moore said. “In your 40s and 50s, things can change in ways that upset the order of things that have been established over 25 years-plus of marriage. It’s really distressing. You have to work through it, it’s very personal and I don’t really talk about it so much.”
Caught up in all of this was, of course, the music the couple made together in Sonic Youth, and their divorce effectively put the band on an indefinite hiatus. While Moore says that makes things more complicated, his focus is on the future: “I’m in a really romantic place with Eva; we’ve kind of been a couple for close to six years. A lot of those years, nobody was very aware of it except us. The cat’s been out of the bag a while now, that’s kinda where I’m at.”
Both Moore and Gordon have moved on to new musical projects since Sonic Youth disbanded. Gordon and guitarist Bill Nace released Coming Apart, their debut album as the noise outfit Body/Head last year, while Moore also released the first record for his new band Chelsea Light Moving.
Moore reportedly has a new solo record in the works as well, which could see release on Matador later this year. He described the music as “fun, dangerous, liberation of the idea of noise as complete rock’n’roll,” adding, “The ideas are coming from my own guitar playing. I’m taking ideas to [guitarist] James Sedwards. He’s remarkable and we met through Eva. It’s local happenstance.”