Sonic Youth will release new rarities compilation 'In/Out/In' on March 18th.
The new album draws on the seminal noise rock band's final decade, and features some particularly far out jams.
Crafted during a period when Sonic Youth had settled on a five musician line up, it illustrates that their fires burned right to the end.
Out on March 18th, drummer Steve Shelley has penned an introductory note:
When you’re in the middle of a tour and all of the musical cylinders (musicians, crew + equipment) are warmed up and firing on 10, and if the room/theater/venue and its acoustics allow, you can sometimes catch magic or maybe a basic track. This magic/music/inspiration doesn’t always occur when you’d like it to show up (you know, during the show!) – however, it sometimes can be caught in small unspoken moments during soundcheck when you least expect it.
'In & Out' was caught in such a situation – during soundcheck in Pomona, CA at the Fox Theatre in 2010 – Kim and I were waiting for our bandmates to arrive and our linechecks turned into a jam session turned into recording a basic track. Recorded surreptitiously by long-time SY engineer Aaron Mullan and tucked away for guitar overdubs later in 2010, and then submitted to Cory Rayborn for his Three Lobed multi-artist box set 'Not The Space You Know, But Between Them'.
The two SY songs that debuted and were exclusively available on that box set are now available in one standalone collection – In/Out/In – plus three (mostly) instrumental Sonic Youth jammers from 2000-2010.
The new release features five tracks – check out 'new' cut 'In & Out' below.