Sonic Youth, a band synonymous with indie music, is once again, officially independent. Having fulfilled all of their contractual obligations with the Universal Music Group–their last major release being Rather Ripped (2006)–Sonic Youth will release their 16th studio album through Matador Records.
(left: You can now call Sonic Youth an “indie” band without any hesitation.)
This is somewhat of a big deal, because Sonic Youth has now come full circle. Throughout the 80’s, Sonic Youth were an indie phenomenon, and quite amazingly, inked a major label deal with DGC in 1990, which gave them–an experimental-noise-rock-art-act–complete creative control! Being called a “magnet band,” Sonic Youth helped attract like-minded creative peers to major label waters.
As major labels are drying up, Sonic Youth find themselves returning to the territory they’re most familiar with.