Sonic Youth signs with Matador

Will begin recording next album in the fall

NEW YORK -- After a two-decade stint with Universal Music Group, Sonic Youth has returned to the indie ranks and signed a new deal with Matador Records. The veteran rock act's label debut is due next year.

The deal is worldwide except for Japan. "For Matador, the opportunity to work in partnership with a group who've made such an profound impact on our roster/hometown/collective consciousness was one to jump at," the label said.

News that the band's Geffen deal was up was first revealed by Billboard in fall 2006. Sonic Youth's final album for the label, "Rather Ripped," was released earlier that year, and was followed by a rarities collection, "The Destroyed Room."

Asked at the time if Sonic Youth would consider re-signing with the label for which it had recorded since 1990, bassist Kim Gordon said: "I don't really think they want us to stay. They fired a few key people working on ('Rather Ripped') a week before it came out. Our A&R person -- he worked on our last record with us, and that was the first time we had an A&R person in five years, but we liked him."

Having already unveiled two new songs at recent shows, Sonic Youth will hit the studio in the fall to record the next album. The group also will play two shows in Italy in early October, while frontman Thurston Moore will perform his famed solo album "Psychic Hearts" in its entirety later this month in Northampton, Mass., and at the All Tomorrow's Parties festival in Monticello, N.Y.