Lou Barlow is a direct guy. The 45-year-old founder and main frontman for lo-fi Indie Rock stalwarts Sebadoh doesn't mince words or waste time — a fact easily discerned when listening to his band's concise, emotionally direct songs.
It makes sense, then, that Barlow would be similarly to the point when discussing Sebadoh's return via the “Bakesale/Harmacy Remembering Time Tour,” which stops at the Southgate House Thursday. Over the course of a recent 30-minute phone conversation, Barlow doesn't hesitate to give his unvarnished opinion about everything from Guided by Voices' reunion (“Didn't they have a farewell tour?”) to the demise of certain ’zines (“I'm glad that terrible Rock writing is no longer in my face”) to Sebadoh's glossy, ill-advised video for the Harmacy ballad “Willing to Wait” (“A stunning mistake — oh my god it was horrible, a terrible video”).
In case you're still caught up on the possibly hypocritical element of that GBV reference, Barlow is quick to point out that, despite long layoffs, neither Sebadoh nor Dinosaur Jr. — the now-iconic band he founded with J. Mascis in the 1984 that continues to record and tour — never announced that they were disbanding, let alone had the self-important gall to return after a “farewell tour.”
But let's get back to Barlow and his songs — specifically the songs he wrote during Sebadoh's primo Sub Pop period of Bubble and Scrape (1993), Bakesale (1994) and Harmacy (1996), the latter two of which have recently been reissued by discerning London-based label Domino. Sebadoh play Southgate House Thursday.
Read Jason Gargano's full interview here.