Keith Wood doesn't like to use the term "organic" to describe the formation of Chelsea Light Moving. But it certainly fits.
The quartet, fronted by former Sonic Youth mainstay Thurston Moore, initially came together to back Moore on tour to promote his 2011 solo album "Demolished Thoughts." Bassist Samara Lubelski and drummer John Moloney were longtime Moore collaborators, while Wood has worked with Moloney many times over the years.
"It just kind of evolved into a band of its own," Wood, 35, explains. "It wasn't like a moment where we went, 'Oh, wow, we're a band!' It was more like, 'Oh, OK, we're doing this. Let's keep doing this.' It was pretty easy."
Taking its name from an acoustic moving company owned by avant garde musicians Philip Glass and Steve Reich, Chelsea Light Moving initially worked on songs for its self-titled debut in the back room of the Feeding Tube Records books and music store in Northampton, Mass. Wood says that accounts for songs that directly reference literary and music figures such as William S. Burroughs, Frank O'Hara and Roky Erickson, as well as the murder story of "Groovy & Linda" that was the subject of the Pulitzer Prize-winning investigation by J. Anthony Lewis.
"We were just jamming there and lifting a lot of titles from the spines of books that were around us," Wood recalls. "The music was very natural, though; we've been playing together for two years as the four of us, and we've played enough together outside of this (band) enough that it was easy for things to fall into place."
Chelsea Light Moving, Cave and Wolf Eyes perform Saturday, March 30, at the Magic Stick, 4120 Woodward Ave., Detroit. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $12 in advance, $14 day of show. Call 313-833-9700 or visit www.majesticdetroit.com.
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