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Sonic Youth Drummer Comes Home to MI with Disappears


| by Lindsay Patton-Carson S


T E V E S H E L L E Y, TH E DRUMMER for iconic rock band Sonic Youth, is coming home to Michigan this month. Shelley, a na-


tive of Midland, won’t be with his longtime band mates Thurston Moore, Kim Gordon and Mark Ibold, however. This time, he’ll be drumming for indie rock band Disappears. Shelley came into the picture


when former drummer Graeme Gibson amicably split from the band earlier this year. “We knew Graeme was going to leave, so


And work, travel and play is what they do,


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without very many breaks. In 2009, the band played at Pitchfork Music Festival; in 2010, it released its debut album Lux; in January of this year, it followed up Lux with its sophomore effort, Guider. Currently, the band’s working on new material for a third album. “It seems like the best way


to reel [listeners] in is to work on new stuff,” Case said. “We don’t have a very big budget to record, so time is very important.”


“They’re working a bit faster than I have


we asked Steve to play with us,” said Brian Case (vocals). “It was kind of weird. He was the first person we asked and it kind of worked out.”


So well, in fact, that Shelley’s position


as drummer was sealed only a month after Gibson left. This summer will mark his first U.S. tour with Disappears. “I think the adjustment period was pretty


easy,” Shelley said. “We all like the same music and all come from a similar place. They’re re- ally nice guys, so we get along well, and they really like to work, travel and play.”


with Sonic Youth,” Shelley adds. “Sonic Youth seems to take its time these days … so this is fun for me. The pace is a little bit faster with Disappears, but it is fun for me at the time.” Currently, the band is on the road and is


scheduled to play at Lollapalooza this August in Case’s hometown of Chicago. It also has a stop at The Pyramid Scheme on July 20. This marks the first time in nearly 30 years that Shelley has been to Grand Rapids. “I’m just excited to see a town that’s part


of my youth and I’m happy to visit,” he said. “I like going to different places in Michigan and I try to go once or twice a year.” n


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