Indie rock pioneers Sebadoh have announced the release of their first new LP in 14 years, entitled “Defend Yourself.” The longtime project of Lou Barlow, Jason Loewenstein, and Bob D’Amico, will release their new full-length album on September 17th via Joyful Noise Recordings (in North America) and Domino Records (in UK / Europe).
Ending a substantial hiatus for the band, “Defend Yourself” is more of an organic reformation than a comeback album. In the words of Lou Barlow, “We were always going to make another record. There was never any point where we looked at each other and said, ‘That’s it. We’re done.’ We never actually quit at all– we’ve been making music this whole time.”
Barlow, Loewenstein, and D’Amico haven’t wasted their musical talent over the last several years (as evidenced by solo albums, Dinosaur Jr., Fiery Furnaces, Folk Implosion, etc.), however, the Sebadoh name hasn’t surfaced since 1999. Historically speaking, Sebadoh albums have paralleled momentous experiences in Barlow’s life– and this recording is no different. “Defend Yourself” is saturated with songs of heartache relating to the divorce from his wife and partner of 25 years. According to Barlow, “Your greatest victories and your most crushing defeats have a tendency to give birth to one other.”
The new album also marks a return to the self-recorded DIY ethos of early Sebadoh albums (“Sebadoh III”, “Bakesale,” etc.). A handful of sour experiences with major labels led Sebadoh to self-record and self-produce their new album. “We did ‘Defend Yourself’ the only way it could have been done: on the cheap and all by ourselves,” Barlow states. Though this is hardly the band’s first experience with home recording, technological advances beyond the 4-track cassette have allowed “Defend Yourself” to easily rank among Sebadoh’s most sonically-engaging albums to date.
In stores on September 17, “Defend Yourself” is currently available for pre-order via Joyful Noise Recordings in the following formats:
— Limited edition tri-colored red, yellow, & blue vinyl w/ bonus 7″ (limited to 500 hand-numbered copies, available only to Joyful Noise VIP Members)
— Limited edition red vinyl w/ bonus 7″ (limited to 2500 copies)
— Black Vinyl
— Compact Disc
— Cassette (limited to 500 hand-numbered copies)
Vinyl and CD formats feature custom die-cut artwork. The Bonus 7″ (not available for individual sale) features the album outtakes “Imminent Emergency” and “No Wound”.
For Lou Barlow’s reflections on making Defend Yourself, check out his thoughts on the album here.