Thursday, March 1, 2007

Sebadoh Reunites at Noise Pop

Thu, Mar 1, 2007 at 5:05 PM

Live: Sebadoh Date: Wednesday, Februrary 28 Opener: The Bent Mustache, Love of Diagrams, The New Trust Better than: watching old 120 Minutes tapes Rating: 3.5 out of 5

San Francisco's lo-fi faithful sold out the Great American Music Hall last night, leaving their rare 7-inches and EPs at home for a night of flashbacks from recently reunited indie forefathers Sebadoh.

Frontman Lou Barlow, alongside Eric Gaffney and Jason Lowenstein, ripped through numerous 3-minute classics, hitting the crowd with that old school indie rock- no keyboards, no eyeliner, and no gimmicks. Just crunchy guitar riffs, snarling choruses, and unkempt hair. Sebadoh touched bases on old favorites like "Ladybugs" and "Moldy Bread," acting as least excitable as can be while letting the music do all the rocking. This is indie, not emo.

The only semblance of some sort of stage antics was the trio's constant switching between instruments. Each member played drums, bass, and guitar at least three times during the whole set, which in the end took away from the limited set time. However, it did display the band's all-around capabilities,

Sebadoh ended the night with what could possibly be the theme song for the entire week of Noise Pop: "Gimme Indie Rock." Barlow belted out the demand as the crowd finally broke out of character to finally show some energy. Shortly after the show, several men in their late twenties wearing faded T-shirts were heard growling "Gimme Indie Rock!" in nearby parking lots and on street corners.

CRITIC'S NOTEBOOK

Previous Experience: only what Matt Pinfield told me ten years ago. Personal Bias: Lou Barlow made an awesome song with Del tha Funkee Homosapien. Instrument that surprisingly rocked: acoustic guitar

--Oscar Pascual

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