For a musician as prolific as Lou Barlow, it might seem a little funny at first that he has only two albums under his name, but the fact remains that he’s spent more than two decades leaving an indelible imprint. Probably most well-known as the bassist for the original and current lineup of Dinosaur Jr., he’s also the force behind the influential lo-fi indie bands Sebadoh, Folk Implosion, and his series of mostly solo work as Sentridoh.
Last year saw the release of his second official solo album, Goodnight Unknown, on Merge. While his “first” solo album, 2005′s EMOH, was largely an acoustic affair, the intervening years between these releases saw Barlow tour with the newly reformed Dinosaur Jr. and briefly with Sebadoh as well. It seems likely that performing with his old bandmates might have inspired an injection of energy into his latest album and live set, and sees the new tunes fleshed out with a backing band.
While his current live lineup, comprised of Missingmen Tom Watson on guitar and Raul Morales on drums, allows Lou to crank up the volume considerably, he also spends a part of his set performing a few quiet solo numbers. Most recently, he played at the Rock & Roll Hotel while on tour with AON friends and faves, Wye Oak, and spent some time with us before the show to play a couple of intimate tunes for us backstage.
And make sure to grab a copy of the new digital EP, Sentridoh III available for download now from Merge.