Dinosaur Jr.’s Lou Barlow Announces New Solo LP, ‘Brace the Wave’
Dinosaur Jr. bassist Lou Barlow announced today (July 22) that he is gearing up to release a new solo album, Brace the Wave, which will come out on Sept. 4 via Joyful Noise Recordings and will be his first solo effort since 2009's Goodnight Unknown. Check out the tracklist below.
Barlow has also shared a trailer for the album via Pitchfork, and announced a string of tour dates in September, both of which can be seen below. He also released a statement to accompany the album announcement, which reads:
Hi, my name is Lou Barlow. This is Brace the Wave. Here is my short bio.
One of my first song writing attempts occurred in 1983— it is called “Lou’s Anxiety Song”, released by my first band, Deep Wound. The original title was ‘Pressures’, but the singer decided to scream “Lou’s anxiety song!!” at the beginning ( his commentary on the overly earnest lyrics ). The title stuck.
Deep Wound evolved into Dinosaur Jr. While playing in that band I began recording short songs on a baritone ukulele that I modified with heavier strings and flexible tunings. I called myself Sentridoh. My first solo LP "Weed Forestin’’ was a cassette that I duplicated and gave away. I was too bashful to play any Sentridoh songs for my slightly older, much cooler bandmates. I eventually started a band of my own called Sebadoh. We gained some momentum in the 90s. And then in 1994, I started another band called Folk Implosion.
By the early 2000s, everything had crashed and burned. I was alone again with my 4-track and a basic knowledge of recording. I still had a ukulele and was most comfortable writing uncomfortable songs. I love the cozy self-delusion of the creative process. Finishing songs, making records and holding the finished piece in hand is incredibly satisfying. In 2005 I made my first official solo LP under my actual name instead of a made-up, nonsense word. Around that time, I sensibly began touring with Dinosaur Jr. and Sebadoh again which brings me to now… 2015.
Having moved back to Massachusetts (after 17 years in Los Angeles), I recorded ‘Brace The Wave’ in 6 days with Justin Pizzoferrato at Sonelab studios in Easthampton. Justin was the engineer for the 3 Dinosaur Jr ‘reunion’ LP’s. My ease with Justin meant I approached the sessions with focus and confidence. Songs like “Redeemed”, “Wave” and “Moving” reprise my early methods of tuning my ukulele down low and writing the songs during the recording process. Others like “Lazy” and “C+E” are traditional-style folk songs that I performed live in the studio.
Here it is, “Lou’s Anxiety Song(s)” 2015 , less fretful , still restless.
Brace the Wave Tracklist
8. "C & E"
Lou Barlow 2015 Tour
Sept. 8: Boston, MA - Great Scott
Sept. 9: Brooklyn, NY - Rough Trade
Sept. 10: Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda's
Sept. 11: Washington, DC - DC9
Sept. 22: San Francisco, CA - Bottom of the Hill
Sept. 23: San Luis Obispo, CA - SLO Brewing Co.
Sept. 24: San Diego, CA - Casbah
Sept. 25: Pioneertown, CA - Desert Stars
Sept. 26: Costa Mesa, CA - Wayfarer (early show)