According to Spinner, Sonic Youth are about to begin work on their 17th studio album.

The bands 2009 release of record ‘The Eternal’ has seen the band push new boundaries, with guitarist Lee Ranaldo confirming that they’re “most probably going back into the studio next year”, but did add that the band were still enjoying playing their current album live.

In the meantime the band are also planning to release a late Christmas present for fans with  a DVD release, combining footage from their recent Daydream Nation’ tour, as well as footage of them playing the classic album back in 1988 – due sometime next week.

As for future releases, the band revealed plans to re – release over 30 years of the band’s back catalogue in a new brighter digital format.

“We’re doing a big archival house clean right now,” he explained. “We’ve got a massive archive of audio and video that’s sitting in our studio in Hoboken. We’ve got somebody in there who’s noting every single thing down and making a massive database, and then we’re going to start digitising it because some of the tapes are 30 years old now.”

After a whirlwind Australian tour just over 12 Months ago we are hoping the noise gods with return to our shores in 2010.

Watch Sonic Youth live on Jools Holland earlier this year: