KGNU Presents


Flower, Race To Neptune, BBQ Opens at 5pm!

Tuesday, 5/28

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$25.75 - $30

This event is 16 and over

All sales are final. Review your order carefully, there are no refunds for any reason. Tickets are non-transferable. No tickets are mailed to you, your name will be on the will call list night of show. Night of show (1) bring a valid government issued ID and (2) print your confirmation e-mail and bring with you night of show. Come hungry! Check out Globe Hall’s award winning BBQ!

It’s been six years since Sebadoh put out their last record, so it would seem that the release of this ninth full-length, Act Surprised, is long overdue. But actually, that’s relatively quick for the lo-fi indie rock legends. After all, there was a 14 year gap/semi-hiatus between 2013’s Defend Yourself and its predecessor, The Sebadoh, so really, six years is nothing. Besides, the trio – Lou Barlow, Jason Loewenstein and Bob D’Amico – have a pretty good reason.
“Lou is always being taken away and abducted by Dinosaur Jr. for these fun and exciting next-level rock’n’roll tours,” chuckles Loewenstein, “so when we get him back we have to relight the fire.”

That’s exactly what the trio did, recording 15 new songs with Justin Pizzoferrato, the engineer behind many Dinosaur Jr. albums. Recorded at Sonelab in Easthampton, Massachusetts it marked a change in approach for the band, who had not only produced the previous record themselves, but who also gave themselves a bit more time than usual to get everything finished.

“In the past,” says Barlow, “we would write in the studio and the songs would develop on the road.“
This time, we did some rehearsals a few weeks before recording,” adds Loewenstein, “which we almost never do. So we got a chance to not use the first take and took time to finesse things, which we also don’t usually do, so that was a good step.”

And while Loewenstein admits that the album became something it wouldn’t have done had Sebadoh self-produced it, as they did with Defend Yourself, he learned to just go with the flow while they were making it.

“I’ve done a lot of recording for other bands as well as the last Sebadoh record,” he says, “so it was a little bit strange giving up the science and the tech sides of the recording process. I had to try to leave Justin alone and let him do his thing, trusting that it would be okay. I really enjoyed working with him and he’s a perfect fit for this band.”

“I’ve always wanted to work with Justin on a Sebadoh record,” adds Barlow. “We were able to finish a record as opposed to handing it off in the final stages to the Dinosaur Jr. machine.”
“Besides his technical skill as an engineer,” says D’Amico, “his temperament is perfect for the personalities in the band, and we all were comfortable working with him. He's a musician and he works that way – thinking like a guy in the band and the engineer simultaneously.”

It’s true. As such, this is a collection of songs that recalls the classic Sebadoh sound – that iconic fuzzy, jangle of guitars that’s both joyful and wistful at the same time – but which also takes their sound both forwards and sideways. It sees Barlow and Loewenstein singing and harmonizing together more than ever before to create what D’Amico terms a “real ‘sound’.” Barlow and Loewenstein each wrote seven songs, while D’Amico wrote penultimate track “Leap Year” – a hyperactive mush of angular rhythms that reflects the odd, slightly dystopian world that we all seem to be living in right now.

“To state the obvious,” says D’Amico, “we're living in a surreal time in this country. There are folk tales about leap years and their disconnection from reality – and 2016 was a leap year that won't end.”

Similar themes flow throughout both Barlow and Loewenstein’s compositions, too. The former are slightly more mellow, gentle affairs, all written and recorded exclusively on 4-string guitar – “electric and acoustic 12 string guitars I have modified and use with alternate tunings.” Barlow explains. As such, lead single “Celebrate the Void” is oddly soothing in spite of the fact it rushes off in a flurry of guitars by the end, while both “Medicate” and “Sunshine” shimmer with glorious poignancy and self-examination.

“Those two songs are subjects I’ve been mulling over for a while,” says Barlow. ““Medicate” is about the two shortcuts to mental-ease and spirituality we try to take: drugs and religion. These have become for-profit enterprises that have little to do with changing the root causes of our problems.. “Sunshine” is about finding beauty at home as opposed to trying to buy it or hiking up a mountain to find it.”
Loewenstein’s focus is similar but his songs are more turbulent, a reflection of the anxiety he says he feels most of the time and which you can hear in the frayed, bass-heavy “Stunned” and “Battery”. That’s something he says is compounded by these days of advanced technology, especially the increasing dominance of mobile phones and the internet in our everyday lives.

“Lyrically, the theme is being overwhelmed by all the inclinations of modern living and trying to find release from it. All this modern technology causes new problems – new social problems, new anxiety problems and new quasi-addiction problems for people. So it’s a whole new dynamic and as an anxious person before technology, it makes me even more anxious.”

Tangential to that is his song “Raging River”. With its reference to 9/11 and tin foil hats, it shines a light on the prevalence of conspiracy theories, but more importantly addresses the double-whammy of constant misinformation and a lack of critical thinking.

While Sebadoh isn’t an overtly political band, that’s something Loewenstein says acts as a metaphor for the America that has a shady businessman and reality TV star as a president. “Somehow, socio-hypnotically, we’ve had the rug of facts and truth pulled out from under us by the actions of this weirdo,” he says. “Which is remarkable. But as chaotic and horrible to question what is true, the fact is we should have been questioning it all along.”

To that extent, Act Surprised is a vital album for the modern age. And while it retains the quintessential hallmarks that have defined Sebadoh throughout their remarkable 30 year career, it’s also a record that finds the band refreshed, rejuvenated, exploring new directions and right up there with the band’s very best.

“I'm really proud of this record,” says D’Amico, “and I really enjoyed how we went about it. I think it sounds different from the rest of the Sebadoh catalogue in some ways, so I hope that we can make the old fans happy but gain some new ones as well.”
Flower is a post punk band from NYC.
Flower was a precursor to French, Versus, Cell, Ruby Falls, and The Pacific Ocean.
Race To Neptune
Race To Neptune
Influenced by a notion of natures, colorful sounds throughout time, the fiercely beautiful, and ambiguously poetic words and noise, Race to Neptune radiate powerfully delicate dynamics with evocative vocal melodies.

They have garnered 25+ national and international reviews of their debut record (all positive!!) and have a variety of their songs in radio rotation in North America and Europe. RtN has played classic venues in Fort Collins such as the Artery and Aggie Theater and have developed a little following after playing many shows in Denver at Herman's Hideaway, Larimer Lounge, Lost Lake and the Bluebird District Music Festival. A new E.P. will be arriving in the near future!

Their debut album Oh Contraire "teems with lush guitar-wall effects, tasteful melodies, and head bobbing beats. The song topics are unrelated and "revolve around longing, fear, anger and disgust." - qoutes from Jesse, Bolder Beat album review.

Race to Neptune is sincerely enigmatic in their delivery and song descriptions vary from "electric wanderlust", "dreamy nostalgia", and "rollicking stomp". The inspiration behind their music travels from "90's alternative to mid 60's psychedelia. It is an admirable characteristic of the modern artist to exude confidently such ambidexterity while holding concurrently the roots of an original and underlying sound, and this is captured greatly throughout Oh Contraire." - quotes from Scene Magazine album review

Armed with radio play, positive album reviews, interviews, and many shows under their belt, Race to Neptune will continue to make waves in the Colorado music scene and beyond. "I can't wait to hear more from this band. This album has to be one of my top 10 favorites." - Apple music review. Be sure to catch a show if you can because they are as loud and rocking as they are fun and impressive.
BBQ Opens at 5pm!
Small Batch Oak Smoked Pulled Pork, Beef Brisket, Turkey Breast. Sandwiches, Tacos, Nachos 1/4lb Veggie Burgers, Mac-N-Cheese, Citrus Slaw and Potato Salad.

*Grab a sampler Platter and try it all!*
Venue Information:
Globe Hall
4483 Logan Street
Denver, CO, 80216