After working tirelessly on reissuing Sebadoh's 1991 album "III" this past summer, original drummer/songwriter Eric Gaffney tells Billboard.com the time was right for a reunion with his former bandmat
After working tirelessly on reissuing Sebadoh's 1991 album "III" this past summer, original drummer/songwriter Eric Gaffney tells Billboard.com the time was right for a reunion with his former bandmates Lou Barlow and Jason Loewenstein.
"It was my idea as much as anybody's to tour again because if I was going to be putting out reissues and doing all of the business aspects, it just didn't make sense to me for those guys go out on tour without me," Gaffney says. "And especially when the reissues are my records. I started the actual band, so that was sort of the push and incentive behind making it work."
Since he left the band in 1993, Gaffney pursued various projects, including Fields Of Gaffney and last year's solo effort "Uncharted Waters." With various drummers, Sebadoh continued on throughout the decade after his departure. But after Barlow and Lowenstein reunited for the 2004 Turbo Acoustic tour, the ground was laid for a reunion of the original Sebadoh trio.
Diehard fans will be interested to learn that an early Barlow/Gaffney album, "The Freed Man," will be released later this spring to coincide with the reunion tour, which begins Feb. 26 in San Diego. Gaffney said the trio will play material from its entire catalog (including post-Gaffney albums), "The Freed Man" and a few covers (such as Hasil Adkins' "Chicken Walk" and Devo's "Gates of Steel").
Reflecting on thes legacy of Sebadoh, Gaffney says, "I know we were influential in certain ways, just as Pavement, Sonic Youth or Dinosaur Jr. would be to any other bands. But as far as our peers, maybe it's more like people would be inspired to start a band after hearing us, thinking, 'Well, if they can do it, so can we.'"
While there are open discussions regarding the release of a few live shows over the Internet and perhaps a U.K. or European touring leg later in the year, Gaffney remains tightlipped about a return to the studio. "We're just going to get through this (tour) and see where we're at," he says.