There have been some fall-outs, but that’s to be expected.
They’d grown accustomed to each other’s idiosyncrasies and personalities; old grudges and personality clashes had largely subsided.
In addition to the personnel move, the group was also a semi-mainstream presence, playing on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, and delivering one of its most accessible records ever, cracking the Billboard Top 20, which represented Sonic Youth’s highest-charting album to date. The interplay between Gordon and her then-husband, SY guitarist/vocalist Thurston Moore, in particular seemed stronger than ever.
The two exchanged sexy call-and-response vocals on the grungy “Anti-Orgasm” and harmonized on the melodic “Leaky Lifeboat.” There appeared to be a feeling of solidarity and collaboration that suggested the band would not be slowing any time soon.
In an interview with last year, Gordon said their marriage "ended in a kind of normal way – midlife crisis, starstruck woman." While he didn't comment specifically on Gordon's interview, Moore said that the two do not tell each other what they can and can't say, and that it comes down to what they each choose to divulge.
Find out where Thurston Moore ranks on our list of the 100 Greatest Guitarists "I’ve had some life issues," Moore said.
All that changed in July, when Marc Jacobs had David Sims shoot the designer’s best friends and biggest influences for his AW15 campaign.
‘Kim and Coco’ simply had to pose: Gordon, after all, was in the first-ever Marc Jacobs ad, while Gordon Moore, her parents and Moore’s niece had all appeared in a campaign shot by Juergen Teller in their happy home back in 2003.
Thurston Moore has revealed that Sonic Youth’s dissolution, announced at what turned out to be the band’s final show in Sao Paulo in 2011, was a shock to him; it also, the iconic shredder says, came as a surprise that he is being blamed for the band’s breakup after about 30 years together following his split with Kim Gordon.
And if she’s going to be seen, Gordon Moore would like some control over how.
She lives in the Midwest and attends the School of the Art Institute in Chicago, where she’s been since 2011, the year she left her Northampton, Massachusetts home, and the year that her parents and their band broke up.
"I'm involved in a really sweet relationship and it really does make me happy, it truly does," Moore said.
"But I’ll always have that experience of sadness that a separation brings, especially one that was as important, not just to me, but everybody around us.