About halfway through Sebadoh’s performance last Friday, Lou Barlow remarked “It gets to be a long night for the band when your band members are also the openers.” While that statement may be true – it was in fact a long night – it was far from a complaint or condemnation. Presenting a triple bill of sorts, Barlow is currently touring the country with old friend’s bassist/guitarist Jake Loewenstein and drummer Bob D’Amico, and together the trio makes up the classic lineup of lo-fi pioneers Sebadoh. But much like that the end result of that project was always steadfastly equal to/reflective of the sum of its parts, so was the group’s performance at The Black Cat.
First up, Jake Loewenstein and Bob D’Amico took the stage under the moniker of Circle of Buzzards. The duo’s style, Loewenstein’s in particular, is aggressive and loud. Hidden behind sunglasses and a reversed bandana, the usually warm and funny Loewenstein manhandled his overly distorted bass through a quick set of aggressive basement jams that were as potent as they were unpolished and direct. In short, it was exactly what the audience came for.