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Sebadoh Announce First Studio Album In 6 Years, ACT SURPRISED Out 5/24


Sebadoh Announce First Studio Album In 6 Years, ACT SURPRISED Out 5/24

Today, indie-rock pioneers Sebadoh announced their first new studio album in more than six years Act Surprised will release on May 24th via Dangerbird Records. The band released the official video for the album's first single "celebrate the void" and has also announced a full US tour. Act Surprised is now available for pre-save/pre-order and includes an instant download of "celebrate the void."

Watch the official video for "celebrate the void" via YouTube:

"The first line of this song: 'I get the feeling you don't feel me' is pretty good. It could be a line in an Ariana Grande song, I like it," said Lou Barlow. "I followed it from there through some general complaints about a composite character in my life, someone I could never crack. Sometimes the walls are too high. If you think about it, the resistance was always there, even in the very beginning. What to do? Pick endlessly at the seams? Replay moments in my head looking for a way to explain it all? No, stop, there is no one answer and that's OK...Celebrate the void."

Act Surprised continues the soulful collaboration that's defined the band since 1991's Sebadoh III and 1994's Bakesale. The new batch of songs reaffirms how vital the creative partnership is between members Barlow, Jason Loewenstein, and Bob D'Amico.

When Barlow recently moved back to his home state of Massachusetts following a series of personal changes, he pressed the restart button and, in time, felt the incentive to reach out to Jason and Bob again to reunite and start work on a new album. The trio convened and began recording in their original stomping grounds in western Massachusetts where they first formed back in 1988. Along with producer/sound engineer Justin Pizzoferatto, Sebadoh have delivered one of the best records of their career. Act Surprised is a 15-song collection that's as dynamic and visceral as anything the band has ever committed to tape.

Lowenstein stated, "Of all the records we have made in our long career, this is definitely the most recent."


01) phantom

02) celebrate the void

03) follow the breath

04) medicate

05) see-saw

06) vacation

07) stunned

08) fool

09) raging river

10) sunshine

11) act surprised

12) battery

13) belief

14) leap year

15) Reykjavik

Tour Dates:

05/22: Pittsburgh, PA - Mr. Smalls

05/23: Columbus, OH - Rumba Café

05/24: Evanston, IL - Space

05/25: Minneapolis, MN - Turf Club

05/26: Omaha, NE - Reverb

05/28: Denver, CO - Globe Hall

05/29: Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge

05/31: Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge

06/01: Vancouver, BC - Fox Caberet

06/02: Seattle, WA - Tractor Tavern

06/05: San Francisco, CA - Slims

06/06: Los Angeles, CA - Roxy

06/07: San Diego, CA - Casbah

06/08: Tustin, CA - Marty's on Newport

06/09: Phoenix, AZ - Valley Bar

06/10: Albuquerque, NM - Launch Pad

06/12: Austin, TX - Parish

06/13: Houston, TX - White Oak Music Hall (upstairs)

06/15: Atlanta, GA - The Earl

06/16: Carrboro, NC - Cat's Cradle

06/21: Holyoke, MA - Gateway City Arts Center

06/22: Boston, MA - The Sinclair

07/11: Montreal, PQ - Ritz*

07/12: Toronto, ON - Horsehoe Tavern*

07/13: Detroit, MI - Shelter*

07/14: Cleveland, OH - Grog Shop*

07/16: Cincinnati, OH - Woodward Theatre*

07/17: St. Louis, MO - The Ready Room*

07/18: Nashville, TN - Exit/In*

07/19: Birmingham, AL - Saturn*

07/20: Charlotte, NC - The Underground*

07/22: Richmond, VA - Richmond Music Hall*

07/23: Washington, DC - Black Cat*

07/24: Philadlephia, PA - Underground Arts*

07/26: New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom*

07/27: Asbury Park, NJ - Asbury Lanes*

* w/ Eleanor Friedberger

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