“It still happens, but when we first toured we would look in the weekly and see our name as ‘Sebadoha,’ or ‘Seedoh,’ and it’d be really funny when we’d get to the club and hear the promoter say, ‘You guys Sebadoha?’
“Sebadoha sounds like a side project, like Sebadoh songs played in the style of John Denver.”
Lou Barlow, calling by cell phone somewhere on the West Coast, remains his usual candid self. With a career spanning three decades and four bands, he talks like a man with nothing left to prove. Last year’s Defend Yourself is the first Sebadoh album in over 10 years, but between tours and solo shows, the band hasn’t been hard to track down.
“Making a new record was a big move for us,” he admits. “But we had played so many shows we really just wanted new songs to play.”
We’re entering an era where classic indie-rock bands – Pavement, Guided by Voices, Sebadoh – are now looked to as legacy acts. At 47, Barlow’s expected to play songs he wrote in his early 20s.
“I still like some of those songs because they’re really simplistic. It’s not just, ‘YOU HURT ME!’ I don’t want to blow smoke up my own ass, but I think they’re pretty balanced. When I play those songs, I feel that balance and it’s comforting for me.
“I’m not a show business guy, but I do feel the responsibility to play the songs that people want to hear.”– Luke Winkie