Sebadoh set for UK tour
London, Manchester and Edinburgh dates for alt-rock pioneers
This article is from 2011.
When Lou Barlow was kicked out of serial noisemongers Dinosaur Jr. in the late 80s he was hardly going to sit idly by as they milked the burgeoning alt-rock cash cow without him. No, instead, Barlow, along with friends Eric Gaffney and Jason Loewenstein, set about testing the strengths of his own songwriting and firmly took the reins of his long-time side-project, Sebadoh. Over the course of eight albums, Sebadoh carved their own niche deep into the modern rock landscape, steadily winning over fans in abundance throughout the 90s with their own scuzzy mix of rich hooks, witty lyricism and barbed-wire noise.
After 1999’s, The Sebadoh, though, things slowed down considerably. By this point, Barlow had begun to branch out with The Folk Implosion and eventually even rejoined Dinosaur Jr in between releasing solo material. However, a recent spate of classic album reissues has thankfully brought this most influential trio back in from the cold and this month will see the band – Barlow, Loewenstein and Bob D’amico (Fiery Furnaces) – make a welcome return to Scotland as part of Edinburgh’s annual Edge festival. As so many young bands continue to rip off our 90s pioneers, don’t miss your opportunity to catch the real deal.
Cabaret Voltaire, 220 6176, 24 Aug, 7pm, £15, www.sebadoh.com