Sebadoh announce first album in six years, Act Surprised, share “celebrate the void”: Stream

Along with a full North American tour itinerary and the lead single's music video

Sebadoh Justin Pizzoferrato Act Surprised Album Announcemenet celebrate the void music video
Sebadoh, photo by Justin Pizzoferrato

    Indie pioneers Sebadoh are back with their first album in over six years. Today, the rockers have announced Act Surprised, due out May 24th on Dangerbird Records.

    Sebadoh’s ninth album overall follows 2013’s Defend Yourself and comes after something of a reset for the band. Frontman Lou Barlow recently moved back to Massachusetts, finding in his home state the impulse to reunite with Bob D’Amico (drums) and Jason Loewenstein (bass/guitar) for new material. Working in the Northampton town in which the project began, they were joined by producer/sound engineer Justin pizzoferatto to record the 15 tracks that became Act Surprised.

    As a first taste, they’ve shared lead single “celebrate the void”. A dejected start gives way to a punchy embrace of uncertainty as Barlow finds himself “free from feelings I don’t feel/ Free to say the void is real.” Speaking about the track in a press release, the frontman said,

    “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. 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 youthink 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.”


    The track comes via a very Sebadoh low-fi video of home recording sessions and cake. Take a look below.

    Pre-orders for Act Surprised are going on now, and you can pick up more Sebadoh vinyl over at ReverbLP. The artwork and tracklist for their latest LP is below.

    Act Surprised Artwork:

    Sebadoh_Act Surprised_Album Cover artwork

    Act Surprised Tracklist:
    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


    Sebadoh have also revealed a full North American tour for the summer. Find the dates below, and get tickets at LiveNation or on secondary markets like StubHub.

    Sebadoh 2019 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 Cabaret
    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, QB @ Ritz
    07/12 – Toronto, ON @ Horseshoe 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 – Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts
    07/26 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
    07/27 – Asbury Park, NJ @ Asbury Lanes