Thurston Moore Discusses Sonic Youth Fan 'Exhaustion,' Anonymous Critics

"For me, to be inundated with all this commentary, it’s almost exclusively by people I don’t know," says rocker

Thurston Moore performs in Berlin, Germany on August 17th, 2014. Credit: Frank Hoensch/Getty

Former Sonic Youth guitarist Thurston Moore has opened up about his new album, missing his old band and the reaction to his divorce from bassist Kim Gordon.

"A lot of that existed in the virtual world, but on the street, not so much," he told the Wall Street Journal of those who criticized his role in his marriage. "We live in this duplicitous existence now. For me, to be inundated with all this commentary, it’s almost exclusively by people I don’t know who they are. But when I go out on the street, it’s not presented to me at all."

He then provided the example of a few unnamed writers who triggered his "Thurston Moore" Google alert when they tweeted about him while sitting across the room at the recent Brooklyn Book Fair: "They were really snarky. 'We know what he did and the person he is.' I was like 'Wow.'"

Moore also discussed the dissolution of Sonic Youth, saying the band separated not just because of the personal conflicts between him and Gordon, but because audiences "had decoded us." They first noticed this while touring for 2009's The Eternal.

"Distinguishing one song from another, one record from another, after so many years of activity – I know that’s asking a lot," he said. "There’s a bit of Sonic Youth exhaustion factor for a lot of people. 'They were great up until Daydream Nation. They were great up until Washing Machine.' There are these generational stopping points and we'd see it. I remember people falling off after [Sonic Youth's debut album] Confusion Is Sex."

Still, Moore admits that he sometimes misses playing in the band: "I always thought that we were really good and really unique. I never really had any anxiety about it, except for the last two years. The last two years, there were things coming into play that were difficult."

For his fourth proper solo LP, Moore worked in London with a crew that included My Bloody Valentine bassist Deb Googe and SY drummer Steve Shelley. "I called it The Best Day," he told Rolling Stone last month, referring to the finished product. "It was this idea of trying to extol some positivity into releasing this record."