Sebadoh © Justin Pizzoferrato
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It's been six years since Sebadoh released their last album, so you could say it was time for the ninth album 'Act Surprised'. But in fact six years is a short period between works of the Lo-Fi-Indie rock legends. After all, there was a 14-year-old gap between 'Defend Yourself' (2013) and its predecessor 'The Sebadoh' (1999). Apart from that, the trio - Lou Barlow, Jason Loewenstein and Bob D'Amico - have a pretty good reason for the longer breaks: "Lou is always being taken away and abducted by Dinosaur Jr. for these fun and exciting next-level rock'n'roll tours," says Loewenstein, "so when we get him back we have to relight the fire."
And that's exactly what the trio did once again: together with Justin Pizzoferrato, the producer behind many Dinosaur Jr albums, they recorded 15 new songs. Taped at Sonelab Studio (Easthampton, Massachusetts), it also marks a change in the approach of the band, who have always produced their records themselves. Act Surprised' is an important album for the modern age. And while it retains the essential characteristics that Sebadoh have defined throughout their 30-year career, it is also a work that refreshes, rejuvenates the band. We'll find out in September whether their music also has a rejuvenating effect on the audience live.
An event of Konzertbüro Schoneberg.