"Black metal is music made by pussies of the lowest order, and we felt it was necessary to investigate this aberrant anti-music behavior. We feel like the sound and attitude of black metal is a loss of self, life, light and desire in a way where it becomes so negative that a whole new bliss arrives where we become super pussy."
Unlike a lot of musicians, Thurston Moore doesn't often open his mouth without first engaging his brain, but this comment - from an interview building up to the release of Pure Bleed, the album he's recorded with Chelsea Light Moving drummer John Moloney - suggests he's made an exception. Handed the opportunity to defend his comments by Rolling Stone, he laughed at the upset they caused but didn't make much (if any) attempt to retract them.
The latter interview, incidentally, also found him talking excitedly about his new backing band for forthcoming solo album The Best Day. Certainly, the title track promises much.