In September, Sebadoh returned with Defend Yourself, a decent album and the band's first in 14 years. As frontman Lou Barlow tells it, the 13-track collection was partly inspired by his separation from his wife and partner of 25 years, Kathleen Billus. In a recent interview with SPIN, Barlow said, "It's almost like I had to actually leave her for me to be honest — these songs were all pressing on me, but I needed the bigger theme to the songs, and I couldn't continue. For years, I had really written my way around the situation, and I had never been able to address it directly... So I decided to face them and it actually took some changes in my life to start finishing songs."
Now that fans have had a few weeks to digest Defend Yourself, we have another song from the '90s all-stars' comeback. Stereogum has shared "No Wound," a dissonant bonus track that appears to pinpoint some of the back-and-forth involved with a major breakup. "Wait, goddamnit / I'm tired of you messing around / Please don't panic / It's just a silly game," goes the chorus, intruding on a wormy guitar line. Later, after lyrics that question the target's "credentials" while promising "all due respect," comes the kiss-off coda: "Not sure what there is to do / Nothing really interests you."
Sebadoh tour dates:
November 1 - New York, NY @ The Bowery Ballroom
November 2 - Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s
November 3 - Washington, D.C. @ The Black Cat
November 4 - Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair
November 5 - Montreal, QC @ Il Motore
November 7 - Hamilton, ON @ The Casbah
November 8 - Toronto, ON @ The Horseshoe Tavern
November 9 - Cleveland, OH @ The Grog Shop
November 10 - Chicago, IL @ Schubas Tavern
November 11 - St. Paul, MN @ The Turf Club
November 13 - Indianapolis, IN @ Radio Radio
November 14 - Columbus, OH @ The Basement
November 15 - Pittsburgh, PA @ The Club Cafe