Some time in the summer of 1981 Thurston Moore, Kim Gordon and Lee Ranaldo collided in NYC's Lower East Side and formed Sonic Youth.
At the age of 18 Thurston had travelled from Connecticut to live with his grandparents in the Big Apple. His first couple of bands had come to nothing.
Kim had moved from LA in 1979 as a disillusioned 24 year old seeking fame and fun. She played for a while in a band called Psyche. When the pair first met Lee he was jamming with Glenn Branca…
Why did the author choose past simple for played? Why is it not "had played"? This moment is before Sonic Youth formed so it should be past perfect.
Perhaps Kim was still playing with Psyche at the beginning of Sonic Youth. However I don't think so because the author told us that it was "for a while."
May be the moment she played with Psyche was very close to the beginning of Sonic Youth.
I think this is the reason: she stopped playing with Psyche around 1981 after meeting Thurston and before Thurston and her met Lee.
What do you think of my explanation?
Extract from an article issued in the Totally Wired magazine 26 1997