Watch Chelsea Light Moving Play a Guy Named Trevor’s Birthday Party
Band makes good on promise to "detonate" a fan's house
When Thurston Moore announced the impending arrival of the ear-popping self-titled debut from Chelsea Light Moving, he also bragged that his new band was down “to detonate any birthday party, wedding or hullaboo in any country, planet or stratosphere.” Two weeks ago, our pals at Brooklyn Vegan called the Sonic Youth founder’s bluff and, well, guess who popped up in the comments thread. Yup, Big Trizzy Mo’ himself.
Moore wrote, “i’m thinking sick house basement birthday party — gonna see about inviting some heavy peeps like alice cooper.” As it turns out, he’s made good on a solid 50 percent of that statement, which is enough to provide us with the clips above and below. On Sunday, February 24, Chelsea Light Moving took a trip to Haydenville, Massachusetts, to play ” a guy named Trevor’s birthday party,” according to Matador Records.
The band’s label has shared three songs from the set — “Empires of Time,” “Alighted,” and “Lip” — which quite clearly does take place in a basement. There’s tons of exposed wall, plus all of the support beams and string lighting you’d expect at some dude’s house who won the lotto by getting a bona fide rock and roll legend to come over and, yes, detonate. The clips contain all of the wicked shred and sweet noodle you’d expect.
But one question remains: What’s Trevor gonna do for Thurston’s birthday?