Body/Head continue to push boundaries and champion the Sonic Youth spirit on The Switch | Concert Preview | Chicago Reader

Body/Head continue to push boundaries and champion the Sonic Youth spirit on The Switch 

Sign up for our newsletters Subscribe

click to enlarge Body/Head


Courtesy of the artist

Kim Gordon always struck me as the Sonic Youth member most rooted in a primal punk foundation. Her no-frills bass lines anchored the chaos surrounding them, and the songs she sang lead on always packed a streamlined gut punch. That makes it all the more interesting that in our post-Sonic Youth landscape, she’s the only member who’s really letting her freak flag fly. While Thurston Moore and Lee Ranaldo continue to release Sonic Youth-lite indie-rock records with various projects, Gordon’s been going strong with Body/Head, her guitar duo with experimental musician Bill Nace. The group’s second full-length studio album for Matador, July’s The Switch, perfectly captures the classic Sonic Youth spirit, with layers of beautiful guitar squall and Gordon’s confrontational spoken-word vocals. The music bounces between grim noise and shimmering soundscape, sending out pulses of danger and joy—and easily making The Switch the best release from any Sonic Youth member post-breakup yet.   v

Support Independent Chicago Journalism: Join the Reader Revolution

We speak Chicago to Chicagoans, but we couldn’t do it without your help. Every dollar you give helps us continue to explore and report on the diverse happenings of our city. Our reporters scour Chicago in search of what’s new, what’s now, and what’s next. Stay connected to our city’s pulse by joining the Reader Revolution.

Are you in?

  Reader Revolutionary $35/month →  
  Rabble Rouser $25/month →  
  Reader Radical $15/month →  
  Reader Rebel  $5/month  → 

Not ready to commit? Send us what you can!

 One-time donation  → 

Comments (2)

Showing 1-2 of 2

Add a comment

Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-2 of 2

Add a comment

Popular Stories