A week and change after doing “Sacred Trickster” on Letterman, Sonic Youth skipped over the chance to repeat The Eternal‘s Yves Klein/Noise Nomads/hipster girl anthem and instead offered Fallon the Thurston-fronted, Lee harmonized “No Way.” A game-faced Moore wore shades for the occasion, Gordon a silver (Goo-era?) dress. Mark Ibold, clearly locking in with Ranaldo (when not locking in with Steve), received a favorable bass mix. The flashing lights during the breakdown part? Clearly deserved. Afterward, they’re all smiles.
The Eternal is out via Matador.