Chelsea Light Moving

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Chelsea Light Moving
A woman plays a guitar and a man with a guitar sings in to a microphone. A man is seen playing drums in the background.
Chelsea Light Moving in 2013
Background information
OriginNew York, United States
GenresNoise rock, punk rock, indie rock[1]
Years active2012 (2012)–present
Associated actsSonic Youth, Sunburned Hand of the Man
MembersSamara Lubelski
John Moloney
Thurston Moore
Keith Wood

Chelsea Light Moving is an American alternative rock band formed in 2012 in New York. The band consists of Samara Lubelski, John Moloney, Thurston Moore, and Keith Wood.[2] The band's eponymous debut album was released in 2013 on Matador Records.

The band's songs feature prominent references to avant garde artists, the 1960s counterculture movement, and New York City. Thurston Moore chose the band's name due to its association with a moving company started by composer Philip Glass:

I decided to call the band "Chelsea Light Moving" because I had been reading this book called Love Goes to Buildings on Fire by Will Hermes, which is a history of New York underground music from 1972 to around 1978. He talked about Philip Glass starting a moving company. [Glass] had a van and he took a classified ad out in a local paper and he called the moving company "Chelsea Light Moving". He started the moving company so he could make some coin to rent out a concert hall to put on a performance. As soon as I saw that, I really liked it.[3]

Current countercultural movements are also addressed by Chelsea Light Moving, notably the Occupy Wall Street on the song "Lip":

Those lyrics do have a certain cynicism to them. I wrote them during the Occupy Wall Street protests, which I was completely supportive of and really into. I like the attempts at anarchy, and the idea of it being sort of a street-school of ideas. I thought it was contemporary and defining itself outside of the old guard of protests and resistance that had existed historically. The old guard of protests became mollified by the machine of power and money, it didn't really have much effect any more, so there needed to be a new way of bringing attention to any kind of injustice that goes on socially. I was really inspired and impressed by it. "Lip" was written about wanting to give power to anger in the face of injustice.[3]



  1. ^ Thomas, Fred. "Chelsea Light Moving: Biography, Credits and Discography". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved March 4, 2013.
  2. ^ Leitko, Aaron (March 1, 2013). "Chelsea Light Moving: Chelsea Light Moving | Album Reviews". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved March 4, 2013.
  3. ^ a b Perla, Cory (12 September 2013). "Thurston Plugs Back In". Artvoice. Retrieved 14 September 2013.

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