A Sonic Youth Agender: Romy Hoffman, singer with L.A.-based post-punk project Agender, told us about her Sonic Youth experience.
Romy Hoffman: I was lucky enough to see Sonic Youth about 10 times in my life, while they were still together.
The most memorable of which was the first time I saw them at the Summersault Festival in Sydney, Australia, in 1995/1996. (It was New Year’s Eve!) They opened their set with ‘Teenage Riot.’ Upon hearing the twiddly guitar intro which slowly lead into Kim Gordon’s voice, in real life, repeating ‘Spirit Desire’, I cried and cried. This was my favourite band in the world. I was 14 years old, in the midst of my own Teenage Riot.
‘Washing Machine’ had just come out, so they played songs from all of their 11 albums up until this point- the goldmine, treasure trove of transcendence that is Sonic Youth.
A Sonic Youth Agender: Agender’s “No Nostalgia” single is out now. The album with the same name is out in February.
Agender press bio:
“It’s hard to put Agender into any box: With Australian songwriter and musician Romy Hoffman at the helm, the quartet makes schizo, synthy, paranoid, post-punk with a dash of dysmorphic desire. And fans? They revel in their sweeping existential terror that comes with a fetish for femininity.”
“Initially formed in 2011 as a solo punk excursion for Hoffman, Agender was born when she decided to get sober. “It started as impulsive, a way to cope with all these new, raw feelings. I played every instrument myself on the first Agender record.” But as quickly as it started as a solitary endeavor, it evolved into a trio just two years later. By 2014, the band had become known for its intense punk shows and had released its sophomore album Fixations via Desire Records. Since then, the queer post-punk outfit has now become a full-fledged quartet with bassist Cristy Michel, drummer Christy Greenwood and synth player Sara Rivas rounding out the band. Still, Hoffman still remains its focal point as the primary writer in the group.”
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