The Return Of Sebadoh

When Lou Barlow decided to reform Sebadoh and mend fences with J. Mascic for a reunited Dinosaur Jr. during the prior decade, he passed on solely getting back for nostalgia.
The gifted singer-songwriter has been game for releasing new material with both bands. Prior to the reformations, Sebadoh and Dino hadn’t made fresh music since the last century.
“But that didn’t mean that we couldn’t put out anything new,” Barlow said while calling from his Los Angeles home. “We had creative inspiration with Dinosaur Jr. and the same could be said for Sebadoh. If you have that, why just play the old stuff? When we made new songs with Dinosaur Jr., it reinvigorated us and the same can be said for Sebadoh.”
Sebadoh, which will perform Tuesday at Union Transfer, is touring behind its EP ‘Secret.’ The new tunes are available via digital download on the Sebadoh bandcamp website. Physical copies can only be had at the shows.
“The response has been great for the new material,” Barlow said. “(Singer-songwriter) Jason (Lowenstein) and I have 15 other songs written, so we’re going to continue putting stuff out.”
The inspiration was born during 2011 shows. “We were playing our old songs and it just hit us,” Barlow said. “why not come up with songs that describe our lives now?”
Barlow is definitely in a different space than he was 20-years ago when the band was arguably at its peak. Back then he was at his best writing about relationships gone awry (‘Soul and Fire’ from Sebadoh’s ‘Bubble and Scrape’ is one of indie rock’s greatest breakup songs). But these days, Barlow is married with two young children.
“You grow up and you write about what moves you,” Barlow said. “It’s different in some ways, the same in others.”
The band will play some cuts from the EP but the majority of tracks will be vintage.  Expect plenty of the quirky but catchy lo-fi favorites. “The last time we toured we played so much from (1994’s) ‘Bakesale’ and (1996’s) ‘Harmacy,” Barlow said. “We love playing the older material.”
The prolific Barlow, who has released a number of laudable solo albums via Merge Records, will not be out playing by his lonesome in the foreseeable future.
“We have a new Dinosaur Jr. album coming out September 18,” Barlow said. “So we’ll tour behind that and then I expect that there will be a Sebadoh album and a tour. I have no time for solo albums. I’m happy enough just being out with these two bands making new music.”


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