Shut Up And Take My Money: Sebadoh–Secret EP
Sebadoh has decided to forsake Detroit on their upcoming tour (closest they’ll be is Chicago/Cleveland) but their new EP is too good to ignore–a bit of a dick-tease before their full length is released in the near future. So, just for funsies, let’s find a few cliches that can be teased from the generic review of the aptly titled Secret EP:
1.) They haven’t skipped a beat. The recipe for this is rather simple. First, cite the 14 year gap since the previous release and follow with how ‘My Drugs’ seems like it could’ve been a B-side on Bakesale/Harmacy/The Sebadoh. This style of review leads nicely into…
2.) It’s classic Sebadoh. While you won’t listen to Secret EP and confuse it with a Herb Alpert record, Sebadoh has been through so many versions one cannot definitively pin one as “classic”. The current Barlow/Lowenstein/D’Amico is just a new incarnation.
3.) The songwriting has matured. Barlow and Lowenstein have certainly matured in this department…but that maturation occurred like 20 years ago.
In conclusion: go and download the EP for 5 bucks…not because it is “classic” or “the boys getting their groove back” but because this shit fucking rocks.