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Sunday, January 28, 2007

Sebadoh - Rockin' The Forest

Sebadoh002Sebadoh are an indie rock band formed in Northampton, Massachusetts by Eric Gaffney, WOZQ DJ and Pizza Factory driver (circa 1989) and former Dinosaur Jr. bass player Lou Barlow. While in Dinosaur Jr., Barlow joined up with Gaffney to record a collection of lo-fi song-sketches which were released as the Homestead albums The Freed Man (1989) and Weed Forestin' (1990). Jason Loewenstein joined in summer 1989, the first release that he played on being the Gimme Indie Rock single in 1991. Only ten 'band' shows were performed throughout Western Mass, Boston, and New York over the period 1989-1990 before third album, the appropriately-named Sebadoh III was released.
After touring with fIREHOSE in 1991, they signed to Sub Pop (Domino in the UK and City Slang in Germany) in 1992, with the two albums Rockin' The Forest and Sebadoh Vs. Helmet released just two months apart. Fifth album Bubble and Scrape was recorded Summer/Fall 1992 and released in April 1993, which sold 10,000 in its first week of release - confirming that the band were now established indie rock favourites.
Along with such bands as Pavement and Guided by Voices, Sebadoh helped pioneer lo-fi music, a style of indie rock characterized by low-fidelity recording techniques, often on four-track machines. The band's early output, such as Weed Forestin (1990) and Sebadoh III (1992), was typical of this style, and wavered between Barlow's wry, introspective folk and Gaffney's psychedelic noise-rock experiments. Sebadoh001Following 1993's Bubble and Scrape, however, Gaffney left the band. His replacement, Bob Fay, appeared on the band's most acclaimed and consistent effort, 1994's Bakesale, which saw the emergence of the songwriting talents of multi-instrumentalist Jason Loewenstein, and the follow-up Harmacy in 1996. Fay was fired before the sessions for The Sebadoh (1999) and replaced by Russ Pollard, a friend of Loewenstein's from Louisville. Following the tour to promote this album, the band went on hiatus, with Barlow concentrating on his other project, the Folk Implosion, and Loewenstein working on material for his debut solo album At Sixes and Sevens, released in 2002. The two reunited to play concerts in late 2003 and the spring of 2004.

Sebadoh - Live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London, June 8, 1995


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