2018 finds Lou without obligations to his bands and ready to bring acoustic guitars and his extensive back-catalogue on the road for a series of intimate solo performances. Requests will be taken, stories will be told and Lou will be in the best setting to share the emotionally direct, melodic songs he’s known for.
Lou Barlow began writing songs in 1981 inspired by bands like Minor Threat (from of the explosive ‘first wave’ hardcore movement) but also by the AM radio of his childhood. The earnest soft rock of John Denver and the fiery self-dissection of Black Flag made an equal impression on him. The first official results of these pendulum swings were released as contributions to the 1984 Deep Wound 7”( the ultra-fast noise band he founded with J Mascis) and lo-fi, acoustic song fragments submitted to a local college radio show. By 1986 he was home recording his first acoustic LP “Weed Forestin’” and touring his ear-splitting post-hardcore collaboration with J, Dinosaur Jr. He left Dinosaur Jr. in 1989 and his work morphed into the band Sebadoh. This merged his schizophrenic musical urges throughout the 1990’s. As Sebadoh rose to national prominence and helped define the emerging Indie Rock genre, the band streamlined. Ever restless, Lou channeled his acoustic leanings into the side-project Sentridoh and began the Folk Implosion. That collaboration with John Davis would yield several experimental garage/trip-hop infused LP’s and a bona-fide top 40 hit in 1995 with “Natural One”.
In 2005 Lou finally released a proper, under his own name, solo LP: “EMOH”. The LP was an acoustic-based, singer-songwriter , studio-recorded effort that began a run of 4 similar collections culminating with 2016’s “Apocalypse Fetish” EP. Concurrently he rejoined Dinosaur Jr and contributed songs to their successful 4 LP (and counting) reunion era.